International Studies at Waynesburg University

The International Studies curricula are designed to give students a background of events, economics, and cultures of the world. Students may take a broad view or concentrate on the business aspects of international concerns. Much flexibility is available, but all students majoring in International Studies must spend at least four weeks (preferably a semester) studying abroad. Students may wish to concentrate on a particular country, focus on a selected part of the world, or seek a broad understanding of international relations.

Graduates will find many career opportunities ranging from service vocations (in organizations such as world relief groups) to international business occupations. The international internship sometimes results in an offer of a career. This major or minor may also lead to graduate study in politics, law, economics, history, or other related fields.

Tracks are available studying:

  • International Business
  • International Culture
  • International Studies Minor

Programs Offered

International Culture Option

The entire world is available to Waynesburg University students - through organized trips, semester or summer study, and individual travel. Your university experience is enriched and your resume enhanced when you spend time in another country. Take your Waynesburg University experience outside the U.S. and see for yourself how the Christian university context can help you in diverse locations.

Faculty sponsor one-time trips which vary from year to year. These normally carry academic credit and may occur during spring break or some other period of time. Recently, student groups have been to Australia, Germany, Hungary, Korea, Mexico and Russia. In some cases, scholarship funds can help with costs. With most groups you will be called on for service along with your study. In all instances, you will be changed forever by the experience.

Every semester, students have available structured study programs affiliated with Waynesburg University. The University has related campuses in China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Ireland, Kenya, Korea, Spain, Russia and other countries. Most of these do not require that you know the local language - classes are taught in English. Pick a location - the University will help you spend a semester, a summer, or a month in your new experience. Some of these sites are operated by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and are highly competitive - so plan early as you arrange your trip abroad. Check at the Student Services Office or talk to your faculty advisor about our travel opportunities.

International Business Option

The International Studies curricula are designed to give students a background of events, economics, and cultures of the world. Students may take a broad view or concentrate on the business aspects of international concerns. Much flexibility is available, but all students majoring in International Studies must spend at least four weeks (preferably a semester) studying abroad. Students may wish to concentrate on a particular country, focus on a selected part of the world, or seek a broad understanding of international relations.

Graduates will find many career opportunities ranging from service vocations (in organizations such as world relief groups) to international business occupations. The international internship sometimes results in an offer of a career. This major or minor may also lead to graduate study in politics, law, economics, history, or other related fields.

Academic Curriculum

INT 105. World Poverty and World Development

3 credits

This class surveys fundamental issues in international development, including food security, public health, environmental resource management, education, population, gender issues and economic development. The course explores the root causes of hunger and poverty, and assesses various development strategies to address these problems. The course will fulfill one of the General Education course requirements in social science.

INT 228. Cultures & Environments of Global Business 3 credit

(cross-listed as BUS 228)

Cultures & Environments of Global Business is an introductory survey course of global cultures and environments that form the context for business in a diverse and interdependent world. A study of world markets including an analysis of economic, political, cultural and business trends impacting multinational corporations. This course provides an interdisciplinary approach to intercultural and international business issues. Students will develop global awareness and exposure to different cultures. Topics covered include globalization, cultural diversity, ethnicity, nationalism, religion, languages, legal & economic systems, corporate culture, ethics, human rights and resources.

INT 309. International Economics

3 credits (cross-listed as ECO 309)

Pure theory of international trade. Balance of payments and foreign exchange rates. Commercial policy and the interaction between internal and external equilibrium. International liquidity and the international monetary system. Prerequisites: ECO 201 and 202 or permission of instructor.

INT 310. International Law

3 credits

A course in the principles and issues of international law. Topics covered include: an introduction to U.S. international law, a sample of unique law issues in selected other countries, and principles of dealing with law outside the U.S.

INT 435. International Business (cross-listed as BUS 435)

3 credits

A study of the world market and an analysis of economic, political, cultural and business trends as they influence the multinational corporation. Risk taking, financing and investment are considered. Marketing variations among countries are discussed. Students are required to prepare a research report on the operation of a corporation doing business abroad or of another country's business system.

INT 469. International Internship

4-16 credits (cross-listed as BUS 469)

The student is placed in a supervised situation with intensive experiences of culture and language in a country outside the United States. Credit is determined by the length of the stay (usually one credit per week; for at least four weeks) and the intensity of experiences in the placement. Student is responsible for all travel costs and any surcharges as a result of the program selected. Placements are available in nearly every country and will vary according to the agency supervising the internship.

INT 475. Advanced Faith and Learning Integration

3 credits

In the spirit of the mission of Waynesburg University, this course intends to provide junior and senior level students with an unparalleled opportunity to integrate the Bible materials and its history of interpretation to the academic disciplines. Students who wish to engage in this level of theological reflection on vocation should consult with both their academic advisors and with the Chair of the Biblical and Ministry Studies Major Program. See page 117 for further information. This course will not substitute for senior capstone/research courses required in the majors. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; three credits in BMS courses; 3.0 minimum gpa. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

INT 495. Seminar in Selected Topics

3-6 credits (cross-listed as ECO 495)

A study of selected economics issues. A research paper is required. Prerequisites: 15 semester hours in economics and a 2.5 average in economics or permission of instructor.

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Testimonials My first trip [to Kenya,] I didn’t know what to expect. Of course, half way across the world, there were plenty of things that were different. But I was struck more by how much was the same… Kenyan culture is very different from our own, but people are somehow the same, no matter where they are.
Sarah Markwardt, 2012 international studies alumnae