The IWU faculty members who facilitate courses in the International Relations major take seriously their students' understanding of global political processes, problems, and possibilities. They do so to prepare you to be knowledgeable and engaged citizens, committed to being doers of justice and seekers of peace.

The faculty has a record of empowering students to be engaged in the field, researching problems and potential solutions, presenting scholarly papers at national conferences, rolling up their sleeves to work toward the mitigation of global issues, or serving overseas for the U.S. government.

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Mark Smith; MAR, MA, PhD Assoc Prof; History mark.a.smith@indwes.edu Department - History Division - Social Sciences


Dr. Mark Smith teaches European history, and is currently developing a new course on the history of baseball. He has been married since 1974 to Terri (Rutherford); he has two daughters, Bethany and Erin, and three grandchildren, Brady, Halle and Sloan Elizabeth, with a fourth on the way. If you ever have difficulty finding him in Marion, you might just look for him in Middle Earth or Narnia.

Educational Background:

  • A.B., 1981, Asbury College
  • M.A.R., 1984, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • M.A., 1989, University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D., 1992, University of Kentucky


Dr. Smith's current research interests include Christian views and attitudes toward war, the history of anti-Semitism, and the history of baseball. He is currently beginning a research project on the issue of playing professional baseball on Sunday, in order to examine the respective attitudes, responses and potential differences exhibited by Protestants and Catholics.

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