The B.A. in Third World Studies is required to be paired with any other major in the school. Its purpose is to provide the opportunity for students to study and experience the realities of life in developing nations as they work on their other major. Students take a range of courses that deal with the Third World, culminating in an intensive study abroad experience in a developing nation. Students explore core courses across a varitety of disciplines including anthropology and sociology, biblical and theological studies, economics, history, learning an indigenous language, political science, and psychology.
Why should I study third world studies?
Students who choose this major are able to focus much of their learning, in any discipline or major, on the Third World. This allows them the opportunity to achieve a deep understanding of life in the Third World and how their major could be applied in such a context.
What can I do with this degree?
For many students, this major has been seen as a gateway experience for working and living in the Third World. The courses that they take have provided them with the information they need to understand issues, current events, and possible roles for their future involvement. The required experience of living in the Third World often allows them the opportunities to develop networks and to hear of opportunities that could be useful in the future.
What skills will I develop?
Students in this program develop substantial skills in the primary majors. In addition, the Third World Studies major contextualizes this learning so that students have great understanding and awareness of social, cultural, and spiritual realities of the Third World. That is, they can take their tool set learned in the primary major and put them to use in this specific setting.
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
The central focus of the major is a significant, in-person experience in a Third World setting. Students have the opportunity to live, work, and learn in a field setting as they live with and interact with communities and individuals in the Third World.