BA/BS in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics/MA in International Studies

The BA/BS in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics/Master of Arts in International Studies degree program equips students with the knowledge of political theory, economic systems, and philosophical schools in order to engage the critical and complex global challenges of our day with cultural awareness and sensitivity. As the world’s interconnectivity increases through globalization, cultural intelligence becomes more vital for today’s leaders. Accelerated students in this program will acquire the soft-skills needed for engaging peoples cross-culturally and knowledge of the interplay between cultures and commerce, diplomatic relations, religion, and other facets of society in order to effectively lead in their respective vocations. Graduates will be equipped to lead successfully in areas of for-profit business, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, and government.

Undergraduate Requirements

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing a Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

(BA)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

(BS)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate requisites are met.

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II 

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

Choose one:

(BA)

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

(BS)

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

4

15

One laboratory science (BA)

or

15 semester hours of laboratory science (BS)

selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

63

57

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Major

Required Courses

24

ECON 2301 - Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 - Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 4312 - History of Free Market Thought
PHIL 2301 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 4303 - Ethics
POLS 4310 - Fundamentals for International Relations (S-L)
Choose two of the following:
LED 3307 - A Christian Worldview of Business, Politics, and the Law
LED 4301 - Introduction to Leadership
LED 4308 - Great Leaders in History
PHIL 3303 - Philosophy of Religion
POLS 2303 - Statistics for the Social Sciences
POLS 4305 - American Political Tradition
POLS 4306 - Religion and Politics in the United States

Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

6

6

MAIS 5310 - Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L)
MAIS 5317 - Comparing Government Structures and Political Systems

Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*
(will require 24 Upper-Level hours if POLS 2303 is chosen in the major)

21

21

Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*

6

12

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED

120

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required. Students must complete all Undergraduate hours and shared undergraduate/graduate hours prior to enrolling for remaining Graduate hours.

*Elective Requirements

  • In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.

  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor’s degrees.

Remaining Graduate Requirements

courses

credit hours (Ma)

Required Core Courses

21

MAIS 5301 - Contemporary Global Issues (Travel Study)
MAIS 5302 - Geopolitics Through the Lens of Geography
MAIS 5303 - Christian Perspectives on Global Religions and Worldviews (S-L)
MAIS 5305 - Cultural Intelligence
MAIS 5318 - International Political Economy
MAIS 6306 - Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership

MAL 6301 - Christian Worldview of Leadership

Concentration
Select any three courses from one of the MA in International Studies concentrations.

9

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED

30

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE

150

Note: After successfully completing 75 semester hours of the BA/BS in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics degree, the student may apply for the BA/BS in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics/MA in International Studies degree program if the student has a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Additionally, applicants must: 1) show strong moral character commensurate with the University’s mission of producing servant leaders, 2) demonstrate through their academic record a likelihood of success in the accelerated program; and 3) show a record of service in the community and in positions of leadership

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to course descriptions for course requisites.

Course Descriptions

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