International female students studying

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

About the B.A. in International Studies Degree

Cedarville University’s distinctly Christian international studies major will equip you to think globally, critically assess various points of view, express and defend your views, and integrate your knowledge with your personal faith. You will be prepared for an international career that just might change the world!

This program is also available as a minor.

Why Study International Studies at Cedarville?

International Studies Program Highlights

Broad and interdisciplinary — You’ll take courses in economics, geography, history, literature, and political science.

Intercultural experience — As part of the program, you will complete an in-depth cross-cultural experience in a non-American culture.

Customizable — You can tailor your program to your personal interests and career goals.

Bilingual — You will complete four semesters of language training, moving you toward bilingualism by the time you graduate.

What Can I Do With International Studies?

International studies graduates have the opportunity to pursue careers in a wide range of fields that involve cross-national and cross-cultural interaction. The demand for individuals with skills such as cross-cultural communication, foreign language proficiency, international expertise, and critical analysis skills is high.

International studies graduates can pursue careers in:

  • Business
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Government
  • Homeland Security
  • Humanitarian Organizations
  • Intelligence
  • International Media
  • Law
  • Ministry
  • Nonprofits
  • Public History
  • Relief work

Our graduates are working in diverse fields such as foreign service, law, relief agencies, military intelligence, military deployments, education, and the Peace Corps.

We also have graduates pursuing graduate degrees at places like:

  • Notre Dame Law School
  • Sorbonne (France)
  • University of Granada (Spain)

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Study abroad — As part of your degree program, you will complete an in-depth cross-cultural experience in a non-American culture. Cedarville’s International Programs has several options from which to choose.

Internships — Internships give you real-world experience in what you are studying in your coursework. Out students have interned at missions agencies such as Josiah Venture, Samaritan’s Purse, and TEAM among others; at research organizations such as The Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute; and at the International Justice Mission.

D.C. Semester — You can join fellow students and a faculty member for a life-changing experience of learning, development, and service in a semester spent in Washington, D.C.

The Center for Political Studies provides a biblical response to political and social issues of our day.

Student organizations — Student organizations complement your coursework with opportunities to meet and learn from like-minded students and professionals.

  • Model U.N. is Cedarville University’s simulated international negotiation team. The Model U.N. team is highly decorated, having twice won the “Outstanding Delegation” award — the highest team award — at the 2015 and 2016 international competitions in New York City. Students learn how to draft working papers/resolutions, negotiate with other “world leaders,” and seek support for their assigned country’s policies.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 97% of 2018 graduates from the Department of History and Government were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Global Outreach student with kids

Global Outreach Experiences a Summer Harvest

Approximately 300 students and faculty members shared the Gospel around the world.

Zapotec language project

Reviving an Endangered Indigenous Language

Student recording lessons given to Spanish-speaking children who are learning their heritage language.

AJ Ervin

Graduate Recovers from Accident and Looks Forward to Working Overseas

AJ Ervin makes complete turnaround from brain injury.

Rose Thompson

Backpacking Hope: Senior Project Sends Life-Saving Care

Emerson sponsoring project to safely transport vaccinations in third-world nations.

border crisis and the Gospel

Showing Love on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Finance professor Dr. John Tarwater formerly served as vice president of El Seminario Bíblico Rio Grande and walked in faith through the immigration crisis.

Model UN team in NYC 2019

Outstanding Model U.N. Delegation

This is the fourth out of the last five years Cedarville's team has earned this honor.

Program Faculty

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Glen Duerr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Studies

  • Location HGC 114
  • Phone 937-766-6139
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Christine Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of International Studies

  • Location HGC 113
  • Phone 937-766-7877
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International Studies Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take broad, interdisciplinary courses that will prepare you for careers in a diverse range of fields. Along with core international studies courses, you will take course in business, finance, literature, linguistics, foreign languages, missions, and communication.

Sample courses:
  • Global Issues
  • International Relations
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog