The Center for Non-Western Studies (CNWS) is an interdisciplinary initiative aimed to increase student knowledge and understanding of the world outside of the United States. The CNWS combines such fields as Business, English, History, Ministry, Political Science, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, and TESOL to help students better understand the non-western world.
The CNWS promotes diversity and the liberal arts by providing students with opportunities to learn more about other cultures. In previous years students have had opportunity to observe Tibetan Monks or analyze non-western literature. Each spring the CNWS hosts a “Best Non-Western Paper” contest, with the winner presenting his or her findings in a colloquium featuring an external scholar who specializes in the area of the paper’s subject.
Students who choose non-western studies as an interdisciplinary minor will complete 22 hours of appropriate non-Western courses from the Bible and Religion department (BR 331, 333ORT, HE 111, 121); the English department (EN 331EL, 337, 374, 454); the History and Political Science department (HS 222, 261, 337, 346, 373, 456); the Ministry and Missions department (MI 233RS, 321); the Social Work department (SW 395, 471); the Sociology department (SO 111, 141, 321, 333); and the TESOL Institute (TE 233, 234, 235, 336, 396). Other credit may apply from January term courses, independent study, or off-campus coursework approved by the center director, who shall function as advisor to students who choose the minor.