Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program: B.A./B.S. in Political Science/M.A. in International Studies

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The accelerated B.A./B.S. in Political Science/M.A. in International Studies degree plan is designed to equip students who have an interest in serving in the democratic process to prepare for leadership positions within government and politics on the international stage. After laying a broad foundation with the study of political institutions, their processes, and behaviors, this accelerated program educates students about their cross-cultural and international constituencies and combines this knowledge with foreign internship experiences. Combined, successful graduates of the accelerated degree have the competency and soft skills necessary to lead with diplomacy.

Undergraduate Requirements
B.A. B.S.
Developing A Christian Mind 3 3
  DCM 2301
English 12 9
  ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301, and/or 2302
Fine Arts 3 3
  FINE 1306
Foreign Language 6-14* 0
  *Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met
Foundations for Excellence 0-1 0-1
  FOUN 1101 is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)
History 6 6
  HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
Kinesiology 0-2 0-2
  KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.
Mathematics 3-4 3-4
  (B.A.) MATH 1301, 1303, 1307, or 1405
(B.S.) MATH 1303, 1307, or 1405
[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]
Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) 3-4 15

One laboratory science (B.A.) or 15 credit hours of laboratory science (B.S.) selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics.

Religion 6-9 6-9
  RELI 1301, 1302 and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment.
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) 3 3

Three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

Total General Studies Hours 45-61 48-55
B.A./B.S. in Political Science
Required Courses (15 hours) 24
  POLS 2301 American National Government
POLS 2302 State and Local Governments
POLS 3305 Constitutional Law
POLS 4305 American Political Tradition
POLS 4310 Fundamentals of International Relations (S-L)
Select 9 additional elective upper-level Political Science hours (excluding POLS 4302).
Electives 29-45 35-42
  • In order to satisfy the "Undergraduate only" portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.
  • For this accelerated degree, a minimum of 114 degree-applicable Undergraduate credit hours is required.
  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor's degrees. This equates to a total of 36 Undergraduate upper-level credit hours required.
Total Undergraduate Hours 114
Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses 6
  MAIS 5310 Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L)
MAIS 5317 Comparing Government Structures and Political Systems
Remaining Graduate Requirements
M.A. in International Studies Requirements
Required Courses 21
  DISC 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership
MAIS 5301 Contemporary Global Issues (Travel Study)
MAIS 5302

Geopolitics Through the Lens of Geography


MAIS 5303 Christian Perspectives on Global Religions and Worldviews (S-L)
MAIS 5305 Cultural Intelligence
MAIS 5318 International Political Economy
MAIS 6306 Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership
M.A. in International Studies Concentration 9
Students may choose from the M.A. in International Studies concentrations listed below:
  East Asian Studies
European Studies
General International Studies
Global Business
  International Immersion
International Ministry
    International Relations

Note: MAIS 5001 International Job Shadowing is a required course unless the student chooses MAIS 5310 Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L) or the International Immersion concentration. In MAIS 5001, the student shadows an international leader in a foregin country for one business week.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

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