International and Community Development - B.S.
This major seeks to prepare students spiritually and with intellectual breadth to serve God and humanity as true world changers by equipping them with professional knowledge and skills for careers and graduate studies in international and community development (ICD).
The curriculum presents ICD in alignment with the generally accepted understanding of the field and primes students for graduate studies and employments in national and international relief and development agencies as well as in local church-based and community development organizations.
The basic premise of this major is that context determines content, thus worldviews shape the manner in which God's created resources are acknowledged, tended and utilized. This principle guides the way in which development programs approach the analysis and critique of the stewardship responsibilities of God's created resources in the local, national and global communities. Our students are therefore prompted to the biblical understanding of the world as God's creation and the role of the church in fulfilling the scriptural call for justice, peace and prosperity for all humanity.
General Education Requirements
Students in this major meet the general education requirement in the social sciences by taking BIL-101, BIL-102, ECO-211 or ECO-212 and REL-275/275P.
Proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level is strongly encouraged but not required for the major. This can be satisfied by completing four (4) years of the same foreign language at high school level or two (2) years of the same foreign language at college level with all grades at or above "C," or by satisfactorily passing the language examination rated for the intermediate level of proficiency.
*ICD-360 Development Internship - ICD students are required to fulfill their program internship by serving with international development agencies outside of the United States subject to prior approval by ICD faculty. An Internship packet provides a detailed guide from the initial planning to the completion of the overseas internship.
Area of Specialization - due to the multidisciplinary nature of the major, students are strongly advised, but not required to complete as electives 9-12 semester hours of coursework in the areas of their vocational interests.
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