The Centre 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, but is not limited to, the fields of Art, Bible and Religion, Biology, Digital Media Arts, English, History and Political Science, Language, Ministry and Missions, Nursing, Organizational Leadership, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and TESOL Studies.

The CNWS promotes diversity and the liberal arts by providing students with opportunities to learn more about other cultures.

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 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 Nursing department (NU 310, 450, 451); 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 centre director, who shall function as advisor to students who choose the minor.