Union University
Union University Dept of Language

Humanitarian Studies Minor



This proposed interdisciplinary minor is intended to provide a background of practical training for those interested in entering the mission field or other area of public service, regardless of the background with which God has gifted them. Courses for this minor include:

  1. Global Biology (BIO 110; 4 hours; meets the core life science requirement): Topics include global biodiversity, nutrition, diseases and treatments, global agriculture, the basics of first aid. 3 hours of lecture/2 hours of lab per week.

  2. The World of Water (PHY 312; 4 hours; fulfills a specific core physical science requirement): Topics include the unique properties of water, hydrology, water chemistry, meteorology, geology, distribution and access, and an introduction to hydro-engineering. 3 hours of lecture /2 hours of lab per week.

  3. Introduction to Intercultural Studies (3; ICS 110) OR Introduction to Social Welfare (3; SW 200)

  4. Intercultural Communication (3; ICS 320) OR Social and Economic Justice (3; SW 310/SOC 310)

Bullets #3 and #4 Note: Students majoring in Social Work will take the ISC courses; students majoring in Intercultural Studies will take the SW courses. Other students will take one course from #3 and one course from the other area from #4.

  1. Survey of Missions (3; CHR 377)
    • Humanitarian Studies minors may take this course with only CHR 111 and 112 as prerequisites, per Dean Gregory Thornbury

  2. Economic Growth and Development (3; ECO 425)
    • Humanitarian Studies minors may take this course with only ECO 211 as a prerequisite, per Dr. Walton Padelford
    OR World Politics (3; PSC 214)

  3. Intercultural Perspectives of Humanitarian Response (3; ICS 321): This course is designed to explore intercultural relationships and interaction among people and organizations that provide humanitarian/disaster assistance and those who receive it. It examines the complex intercultural dynamics faced by organizations and groups, including faith-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations, international governments and military, short-term volunteer groups and others as they engage in humanitarian response efforts.
    • Prerequisite ICS 110 or ICS 320

  4. One elective, chosen in coordination with Program Coordinator (3; may not also count toward student's major):
    1. GEO 215 or 216: World Regional Geography I or II
    2. COM 220: Digital Storytelling
    3. HIS 410: American Foreign Policy
    4. PSC 324: Contemporary Global Issues
    5. CHR 305: History of Christianity
    6. CHR 338: Christian Doctrine
    7. CHR 349: World Religions
    8. Other courses as approved by the Program Coordinator and Associate Provost for Intercultural and International Studies

  5. Integrative Cross-Cultural Experience and Reflection: one-hour independent study for reflection and debriefing following a cross-cultural experience, either ICS 445 or some other pre-approved independent experience (ICS 495)

Total = 27 hours

The Program Coordinator for this minor is Dr. Mark Bolyard (mbolyard@uu.edu; 661-6586), who is responsible for advising minors in coordination with the Office of Intercultural and International Studies.