International Community Development Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Advisor: Dr. Solomon Hailu

Program Overview

International/Community Development is an interdisciplinary degree program in practical missions, preparing graduates to address not only spiritual but also educational, economic, medical, and physical needs. A major in ICD is preparation to work in a helping capacity--through churches, ministries, mission agencies, nonprofit organizations, relief organizations, international schools, government agencies, and a variety of other endeavors in the USA and abroad. The basic skills taught in ICD—needs assessment, problem solving, training, and leadership—are valuable in any field. This degree can be completed in three years by following the degree-in-three plan sheet.


"My response to 'What do you want to do when you grow up?' has always been: 'I want to help people.' As I have seen communities in my hometown continue to struggle while non-profits and churches continue to increase, I realized my desire to help people would be ineffective if I did not know how to help. I chose ICD as my major to learn practical tools for helping to develop forgotten communities, but I have stayed an ICD major because I was humbled by what I learned in my classes. My attitude has shifted from "This is what I am going to do for you" into "What can I do to help?" ICD has challenged me to examine my motives, deflate my ego, and most importantly, to understand that people are not projects; they are people. I believe that whatever success I will have in my chosen career field, the greater part of that success will be due to my preparation in the ICD major."

Student: Precious
Major: International Community Development
Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Degree Requirements

General Education: 61 hours

Major Courses: 30 hours

International Relations
International Political Economy
Public Policy Analysis
Christian Worldview
Internship in International Studies
Foundations of ICD
Problems in ICD
Seminar in ICD
Needs Assessment
Senior Seminar and Paper

Cognate: 9 hours

Campaigning Strategies
Cross-Cultural Communication
Grant Writing

Minor: 18 hours
Electives: 10 hours
Degree Total: 128 hours

Traditional - Degree Plan
Degree in 3 - Degree Plan

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Career Options

Internship Opportunities

  • Tulsa Global Alliance
  • United Nations Association of Eastern Oklahoma
  • International Relief and Development
  • Compassion International
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Dominion Farms (Kenya, Nigeria, Texas)
  • International Christian Concerns
  • Sustainable  Tulsa
  • Tulsa Council on Foreign Relations


For further information, please contact Dr. Solomon Hailu, 918-495-6069,