6539-Malone University introduces new Global and International Studies Major
6539-March 8, 2013
With a university mission statement that reads in part "to provide students with an education based on biblical faith in order to develop men and women ... who are committed to serving the church, community, and world," Malone University has added a unique Global and International Studies major designed to prepare graduates to respond to our increasingly connected globe in a way that is deeply Christian and fundamentally oriented toward serving the church, community, and world.
The world in which we live is a complicated place, and understanding how best to serve it requires both knowledge and experience. This new program – distinctive to Malone University as the only one of its kind regionally -- is designed to provide students with both of these things as they pursue vocations in business, ministry, missions, politics, social work, teaching, and others. The global service emphasis is unique among regional universities. No other regional institution has a global studies major, and only five percent of peer institutions in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities have majors in Global Studies. Only one other peer institution requires students to complete service learning within their global studies major.
The program's goals are four-fold:
Through foreign language study and study abroad, the program will help students develop their ability to understand other cultures.
Through multiple courses across disciplines, the program will lead students to gain a greater understanding of interdisciplinary global issues.
Through study abroad and theologically oriented coursework, the program will challenge students to understand the need for social justice and reconciliation between peoples globally.
Through the 40-hour internship, the program will encourage students to initiate practices that challenge oppression and challenge them to serve as agents of justice, reconciliation, peace, and truth who extend Christ's kingdom in their churches, communities, and the world.
This interdisciplinary, secondary major must be combined with a student's primary major, which maintains the student's training in a discipline while adding a global focus. It is an ideal secondary major for students interested in business, government, healthcare, international development, ministry, missions, or social work. (Currently, majors in Business, Communication Arts, English, History, Music, Political Science, Social Work, and Spanish are approved to take this program as a secondary major. All other majors should contact the Coordinator and Global and International Studies to discuss how to add a Global and International Studies major.) Students who complete the program will develop their ability to understand other cultures, gain a greater understanding of interdisciplinary global issues, understand the need for social justice and reconciliation between peoples globally, and initiate practices that challenge oppression. Completion of the program will challenge students to serve as agents of justice, reconciliation, peace, and truth who extend Christ's kingdom in their churches, communities, and the world.
For more information, contact the Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences at 330.471.8180 or 1.800.521-1146. Or visit malone.edu/academics/ctas.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2013.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709