Curriculum and Courses

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Credit Requirements

  • 36 credit hours 
  • At least 24 credits and 3 semesters of work / research must be done at Creighton University


Students are required to select one track in which to focus their study and research:

1. Comparative Eastern & Western Arts, Philosophy & Literature
In this track, students focus on developing comparative reasoning, creative thinking, and writing skills, drawing from original sources of eastern and western wisdom in the arts, philosophy, and literature.
(Pictured: College of Arts & Sciences)

2. Comparative Eastern & Western Business Administration

In this track, students focus on developing specialized comparative business skills for application in international and domestic companies by focusing on topics such as business culture, methods and administration in eastern and western countries.
(Pictured: Heider College of Business)

3. Comparative Eastern & Western Energy Technology (opening soon)
In this track, students focus on developing scientific skills related to energy technology with special attention given to discussing environmental issues and environmental ethics.
(Pictured: Hixson-Lied Science Building)

4. Comparative Eastern & Western Way of Negotiation & Dispute Resolution
In this track, students focus on developing negotiation techniques, emerging processes in dispute resolution, as well as international communication skills.
(Pictured: School of Law)

Course Requirements

I. Core Courses (4 courses, 12 credits; required for all students)

II. Electives (15-21 credits)

Students must choose applicable courses in each area to satisfy credit requirement. No "double dipping" is allowed (i.e. since "Buddhism" is offered as a Comparative Studies course and as a Track course, taking it can only count towards one of these requirements, not both). Click on each area below for a list of recommended courses.

III. International Experience/Internship (3-9 credits required, choose applicable method to gain credits)

  • Students will design an international experience (or 'internship') with faculty to further develop a research project, cross-cultural leadership skills, etc. The amount of credits (3-9) received depends on involvement (e.g. interning in China while taking a Chinese language class could earn you 9 credits, 3 of which could count towards the Language & Skills elective requirement mentioned above). Internships can be designed to last from a few weeks to a few months in a variety of locations and/or institutions in the U.S. or Asia (including our partner institutions).
  • Examples (in Asia): take intensive language classes, teach courses, help coordinate international programs, work on a collaborative research project, organize/participate in events, organize/participate in service projects, etc.
  • Examples (in U.S.): give seminars, tutor students, work on a collaborative research project, provide translation services, teach/tutor a language course, organize/participate in events and programs, organize/participate in service projects, etc.
  • EWS 700: Study Abroad in an Asian Country (available for non-Asian students, more class choices to be added soon)

Sample Schedule


Year 1

Year 2


EWS 602 (3 credits)

EWS 603 (3 credits)

Elective course (3 credits)

Elective Courses (9 credits)


EWS 606 (3 credits)

EWS 618 (3 credits)

Elective Course (3 credits)

Elective Courses (6 credits)


International Experience (3-9 credits)