International Studies Overview & Goals

Although housed in the History and Political Science Department, the International Studies major draws classes and perspectives from many different departments.

Whether students see themselves working in trade, politics and diplomacy, nonprofit and humanitarian work, or intercultural exchange, an international studies major at Bethany will give them the tools they need to engage our world and to make a difference in it.

The international studies major allows students to follow their own interests with a flexible design. Within the program, students choose a foreign language, and either a social sciences or humanities track. Each path includes courses from a variety of fields.

Goals:

  1. To inspire a lifelong interest in a broader world.
  2. To prepare students for entry-level positions in international fields.
  3. To prepare students with a solid educational foundation for post-graduate education.

Objectives:

  1. Students will explore social, policy, economic, and environment issues in a global world.
  2. Students will gain the skills needed for entry-level positions.
  3. Students will be able to identify opportunities after graduation.
  4. Students will explore international studies in social sciences and humanities.

International Studies (Major)

Careers in International Studies

Pursuing International Studies can pave the way to exciting career opportunities in the governmental and private sectors.

Governmental Sector

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Energy
  • Foreign Service
  • National Security Agency
  • Immigration Specialist
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • International Lawyer
  • International Marketing Specialist
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Immigration Specialist
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • International Lawyer
  • International Marketing Specialist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Politician
  • Political Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • United Nations Worker
  • Archivist

Public Sector

  • International sales staff
  • Cultural specialists
  • News reporters and producers
  • International Marketing consultant
  • Global communications staff
  • HR Managers
  • Executive Coordinators
  • Senior Supply Chain Managers
  • Divisional Merchandise Managers
  • Non-profit Program Manager
  • Admissions Manager
  • Fundraising Officer
  • Journalist
  • Language Specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Demographer

Faculty

Kayce Mobley
Assistant Professor of Political Science; Chair
Ph.D., University of Georgia
B.A., University of the South
304.829.7406
kmobley@bethanywv.edu

Joseph H. Lane, Jr.
Provost and Dean of Faculty, and Professor of Political Science
304.829.7311
jlane@bethanywv.edu

Ian Lanzillotti
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., The Ohio State University in Columbus (2014)
M.A., Indiana University in Bloomington (2008)
B.A., University of South Florida in Tampa (2005)
304.829.7848
ilanzillotti@bethanywv.edu

Gary H. Kappel
Emeritus Professor of History
Ph.D., West Virginia University (1988)
M.A., West Virginia University (1980)
B.A., Bethany College (1974)
304.829.7848
gkappel@bethanywv.edu

Requirements

6 credits from introductory international social science courses (chosen from POLS 111, POLS 112, and ECON 113);

6 credits from introductory international humanities courses (chosen from HIST 101, HIST 102, and RELS 220);

12 credits in world languages completed after matriculation (even if student tests into an upper-level language) and spread across 1 or 2 languages;*

15 credits in either
Track 1: Social Sciences (12 credits chosen from POLS 211, POLS 253, POLS 325, POLS 341, POLS 342, ECON 201, ECON 202, ECON 260, ECON 360, BUSI 308, BUSI 328, BUSI 345, BUSI 371, BUSI 403, PSCH 250, SOCO 210, GENS 202, COMM 345, and COMM 403; 3 credits chosen from either POLS 370 or ECON 222); OR

Track 2: Humanities (12 credits chosen from HIST 230, HIST 328, HIST 329, HIST 330, HIST 331, HIST 332, RELS 210, RELS 239, RELS 244, RELS 305, RELS 352, ENGL 200, ENGL 267, ENGL 268, ARBC 320, CHIN 320, FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 410, GRMN 320, GRMN 321, GRMN 410, JAPN 321, SPAN 320, SPAN 321, and SPAN 410; 3 credits from HIST 377);

6 additional credits from Track 1, Track 2, INTD 202, INTD 203, INTD 204, INTD 210, INTD 211, INTD 253, INTD 306, INTD 487, INTD 488, OR any additional world language courses;

INTD 490;

INTD 495.

*International students whose native language is not English OR students who are fluent in a language other than English may substitute for 6 credits of this world language requirement with one course to enhance English language proficiency (chosen from COMM 206, ENGL 212, 220, 230, 240, THEA 120, 221, or 226) and one course to promote understanding of contemporary American culture (chosen from ENGL 250, 383, 385, HIST 202, 355, POLS 225, PSYC 250, or THEA 335). The other 6 credits of the world languages requirement cannot be substituted.