International Cultural Studies-Minor Requirements

24 Semester Hours Min.
Required Courses (12 SH)
ENGL 330 Contemporary World Literature GEOG 202 World Regions or HSTY 233
Civilizations of Europe and Latin America
Minimum of 6 SH of foreign language completed prior to study abroad.
Additional courses to be selected from the following:
ART 305 History of Art before 1500 ENGL 354 World Mythology
ART 306 History of Art since 1500 HSTY 430 Revolution in the Modern World
COMM 311 Intercultural Communication PLSC 203 World Politics
ENGL 340 World Literature in Translations:
The Ancient World to 1400
RELG 208

World Religions

ENGL 344 World Literature in Translations:
GPS 200

Seminar for Global Pfeiffer Studies

Up to 12 semester hours may be earned through approved study abroad programs excluding TRIP. Up to 6 hours of these 12 hours may be additional foreign language hours. It is strongly recommended that students participate in the Pfeiffer International Living Experience Program (UNIV 210) and join the International Students Association. It is also recommended that they become involved in the Pfeiffer Microfinance Club and the Pfeiffer International Business Club.

International Cultural Studies

(Under Review)

InterculturalThe International Cultural Studies minor offers an interdisciplinary perspective on world culture. The study of the literature, art and religion of diverse societies forms the core of the program. The program will provide students with the basis to understand and appreciate the cultural heritage of people from many world regions. The study of a foreign language is recommended for students pursuing the International Cultural Studies minor. International travel is also encouraged.


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Meet Our Faculty


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Dr. Dane K. Fisher
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Luke Dollar
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Mark McCallum
Interim Dean, Division of Arts and Science

Chemistry & Physics
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Dr. Miranda Beam
Assist. Professor, Chemistry
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Deborah Burris
Asst. Professor, Communication
Dr. Shaun Cashman
Asst. Professor, Communication

Criminal Justice  
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Dennis Souther
Visiting Professor, Criminal Justice


History & Political Science
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Chair, History & Political Science

Dr. Juanita Kruse
Professor, History

Dr. Tom Hyde
Professor, Political Science

Human Services
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Dr. Aimee Bellmore
Assistant Professor of Human Services

Language & Literature
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Dr. David Heckel
Professor, English
Executive Director, Confucius Institute

Ashley Oliphant
Assistant Professor, English Department
Faculty Fellow, Francis Center for Servant Leadership



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Dr. Ying Yaemsiri-King
Chair, Mathematics Department
Ross Braymer
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Music and Fine Arts  
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Joshua Cross
Associate Professor of Art

Joseph Judge
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choral & Vocal Music

Steve Harrill
Assistant Professor of Music, Vocal

Psychology Department  
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Dr. Don Poe
Professor, Psychology
Dr. Rosalie Kern
Assoc. Professor, Psychology


 Religion & Practical Theology   
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Dr. Patty Meyers
Professor, Christian Education
Dr. Doug Hume
Associate Professor of Religion
Chair, Religion & Practical Theology

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Dr. Kevin Taylor
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion



Alumni Profiles

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Zachary McMichael, Raleigh, N.C., who will attend Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., on full scholarship to study patent law. Zach, a competitive swimmer, chemistry major and Milton Rose Scholar, was introduced to St. Louis last summer during a paid internship with agricultural and biotechnology leader Monsanto, where he will work again this summer before classes begin. Committed to living in St. Louis for at least three years while he completes his studies, Zach will move there with his fianceé Ashley Zeek, profiled below.

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Ashley Zeek, Anthem, Ariz., will teach high school biology  in St. Louis, Mo., for Teach For America, the national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in under-resourced urban and rural public school districts. A biology/chemistry major and basketball player who spent summer 2011 conducting research in Madagascar through Pfeiffer's biology department, Ashley will fulfill her teaching commitment before applying to and completing medical school.

Milton Rose Alumni

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Jacob Parks
Salisbury, NC

Melissa Peacock '10
Biloxi, MS
Tyler Turner
Shelby, NC

Molly Punk-Milton Rose Student 2011-2012

Molly Punk

Molly Punk is a senior chemistry major with a minor in mathematics. She plans to continue working in the lab with Dr. Riddle using HPLC to examine the sterols found in mango juice. Cholesterol is the most well known sterol, and it has numerous effects on human health.

Molly also spends much of her time playing lacrosse and tutoring for the learning center. Upon graduating in the spring, she hopes to pursue her master's degree.

Learn more about Molly's research project.

Milton Rose Scholars

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Christine Baran
Christine Baran is a sophomore from Apex, N.C. She hopes to become a veterinarian, and is striving to open her own clinic in the future. She enjoys playing lacrosse on campus and spends much of my free time off campus doing volunteer foster care for canines with diseases or working in shelters in the Raleigh area. She is looking forward to working with the faculty here at Pfeiffer University. For her research she is working with Dr. Dollar studying animal behavior, specifically components of memory span in structural learning patterns. This year she will be working with Dr. Miranda Beam in the Chemistry Department, identifying new proteins through x-ray crystallography.

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Zack Dyer

Zach is junior chemistry and math double-major. Previous research includes the Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power (FRAP) assay and an in depth look at early 20th century atomic models. Zach is currently finishing up a summer research stint with Dr. Riemann involving Flash Vacuum Pyrolosis (FVP) and Phenyl Popargyl Ethers (PPEs). Zach anticipates graduation in 2014 after which he hopes to pursue further education. Zach is also a peer-tutor in the learning center, an EPA-OSHA work study and a member of the honors program

Learn more about Zack's research project.

Kaleigh Featherstone

Kaleigh Featherstone is from Albemarle, N.C. She plans to graduate from Pfeiffer University in 2014 with majors in pre-med and biology. She then plans to go onto medical school. She is a member of the women's tennis team, an honors student, a Francis Center Scholar, an Angel Tree coordinator for Pfeiffer and is involved in the Campus Crusade for Christ.

As a freshman, she worked on basic microbial techniques and searched for bacteriophages from soil and water samples that would kill the S. Maltophilia bacteria with Dr. McCallum, Tyler Turner, and Jacob Parks. During her sophomore year, she continued this work and learned new isolation and enrichment techniques. This year she plans to successfully isolate and characterize a phage from the environment and also characterize phage XMM1 and SMM1.

Learn more about Kaleigh's research.

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Gracie Herbert
Exercise Science

Emily "Gracie" Herbert is from Hughesville, Md. She plans to graduate in 2016 and is part of the Women's Lacrosse team and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She plans to work with Whitney Jaffe and Dr. Justice on a project concerning the change in performance in lacrosse after non-dominant activities are added to lacrosse players' routines through a 4 week time period.

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Whitney Jaffe
Exercise Science/Biology

Whitney Jaffe is from Cohasset, Mass., and anticipates graduating in the spring of 2016 with a double major in exercise science and biology. Whitney is a member of the women's lacrosse team at Pfeiffer and is a part of the Honors Program. Upon graduating from Pfeiffer, she plans to attend medical school to receive her doctorate of physical therapy. This year, Whitney plans to work with Dr. Justice and fellow Milton Rose Scholar and teammate Gracie Herbert on a project involving non-dominant hand use (off the lacrosse field) and the correlation to the changes in the kinematics of  lacrosse players'  non-dominant fluidity and form while playing.


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Samantha Jarmusch

Samantha Jarmusch was born in Youngstown, Ohio but now lives in Greensboro, N.C.  he plans to graduate from Pfeiffer University in 2015 with majors in chemistry and mathematics, with plans to go onto graduate school. She is a member of the women's softball team at Pfeiffer University. When she isn't working on her studies she is likely to be out on the softball field or spending her time outdoors. 

This year she plans on continuing research under Dr. Riddle along with Sam Maness from last year on the amount of BPA found in local receipts and the amount transferred to skin.  Also researching what precautions we need to take to prevent this transfer of BPA to skin.

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Lukas Janes

Lukas describes himself as a “yogi”, a title that was given to him during the 2011 preseason training for the men's soccer team at Pfeiffer University. He is originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but he has spent most of his time in the Raleigh Area. In addition to being recently elected as a senator of the freshman class, he is also currently on the men's varsity soccer team. In the future, he hopes to expand his athletic talents and play another sport at Pfeiffer. He has recently done self- influenced research while in the international baccalaureate program in high school.

In his freshman year he focused on the Red Dot Project, which consisted of increasing male urination aim accuracy. His goal was to create a sustainable project that could be used around Pfeiffer, that would create a cleaner environment. The cleaner environment would help not only students and faculty, but also visitors from prospective students to retuning alumni. His sophomore year he will figure out the most efficient way to get around campus either by walking or riding a scooter or a skateboard.

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Samantha Maness is a senior, majoring in chemistry and mathematics. During the 2009-2010 school year, Caroline Lambeth and Samantha Maness worked together measuring the amount of calcium in various liquids such as juice and milk. During the 2010-2011 school year Caroline Lambeth and Samantha Maness started a project measuring the BPA content present on local receipts.

This year Samantha Maness will continue the study on BPA with Samantha Jarmush; measuring the amount of BPA transferred to the skin by touching receipts and what actions can be taken to prevent the transfer of BPA.

Samantha Maness has conducted research at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis and at University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography.

In addition to being a student, Samantha Maness is a distance swimmer and IMer for Pfeiffer University's swim team. She is also a member of the Honors Program and residence life. After graduating from Pfeiffer University in 2013, Samantha plans to attend graduate school to study marine chemistry.

Learn more about Samantha's research project.

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Bianca Moeller
Bianca Moeller is a sophomore at Pfeiffer University. She is from Fredericksburg, Va.  who anticipates graduating in the spring of 2015 with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science.  She is a member of the Pfeiffer Women's soccer team, honors program, and a student ambassador.  After graduating she plans to further her studies by attending graduate school and joining the Navy.  During the 2011-2012 school year she worked with Dr. Dane Fisher and Bailey Greene to breed tomato plants specifically focusing on heirloom and flavor components.  This year she will be working with Dr. Fisher to learn tissue culture techniques and will begin research in this area.

Rebecca Pigg
Exercise Science

Rebecca Pigg is from Midland, NC. She plans to graduate from Pfeiffer with a degree in exercise science. She then plans to go onto graduate school to study physical therapy or clinical exercise physiology. She currently works part-time at INTRAFITT, a health and wellness center located in Midland, NC.

Her previous research focused on contextual interference in learning a skill. She currently is researching the differences in the kinematics of running in running shoes, running barefoot, and running in Vibram Five Finger Shoes. Through her research she was able to confirm the different foot-strikes, ankle flexion and knee flexion in each condition through videotaping subjects running on a treadmill and analyzing the video with Dartfish software. She is excited to continue her research comparing these different running conditions through different methods.

Learn more about Rebecca's research project.

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Brittany Polly
Brittany Polly is a sophomore from Boca Raton, Fla. who currently plays for the women's soccer team. Brittany considers her passions in life to be soccer and becoming a pediatric surgeon. She hopes to graduate with honors and then attend medical school. She loves children and believes that saving lives would be a wonderful accomplishment. Brittany's goals at Pfeiffer include learning as much as possible about the medical world to help prepare her for medical school. She is looking forward to working with the professors in the biology or exercise science departments this year.


Over half of our 2010 graduates participated in at least one internship during their career at Pfeiffer University. Recent internships for biology and chemistry majors include the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Lab. Exercise science majors have participated in both aquatic physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation in association with Stanly Regional Medical Center at the YMCA. Environmental science interns have worked on the construction and maintenance of Pfeiffer University's Environmental Management System. In the future, our relationship with the North Carolina Research Campus, a nationally recognized biotechnology center, will provide additional internship placements.

Milton Rose Scholarship

Named in honor of Milton C. Rose, a long time Pfeiffer supporter and trustee, the Milton Rose Research Fellowship is provided to a select group of undergraduate students who are science or math majors at Pfeiffer. Students selected as Rose Research Fellows will, as freshmen, assist faculty with projects that are faculty-designed. Pfeiffer faculty members mentor students as their knowledge of science problems and methods deepens. By the time the Rose Research Fellows reach their junior year they will collaborate with faculty to craft a research direction for their junior/senior capstone project as a unique or contributing effort to continued research areas.  

Milton Rose Scholars have worked with faculty members to develop their own research projects and participated in summer internships at major research laboratories such as the National Institutes of Health. The Milton Rose Program has enabled Pfeiffer undergraduates to conduct research in the laboratories of the Smithsonian and at Texas Tech. One Milton Rose student received specialized training in forensic microscopy at the McCrone Institute in Chicago. Students have also conducted summer research in plant molecular genetics at the University of Florida.

Tyler Turner-Milton Rose Student 2010-2011

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Tyler Turner is from Shelby, North Carolina, and I am a senior Biology major. His Milton Rose research has been a joint project with Jacob Parks, and we have been working on anti-bacterial resistances, although this year we are focusing more on phages. His plans for post graduation are either go to graduate school to finish my doctorate in biology, or to go to Physician's Assistants school.

Melissa Peacock-Milton Rose Student 2010-2011


Senior, Mathematics and Engineering Studies.

I moved to North Carolina from Biloxi, Mississippi in August 2007. I am a senior at Pfeiffer University, majoring in Mathematics and Engineering Studies. Some activities I enjoy are acting, playing tennis, and cooking. I am part of the Math club and Honors Program at Pfeiffer. During my first two years, I worked with Dr. Dollar to examine the effects of speed bumps on roadkill number in the Ankarafantsika National Forest in Madagaskar. During my most recent Milton Rose research, I have been working with Dr. Sutlive and Dr. Walker to examine the walk-run transition and the factors that may affect this transition. In my future research, I will be examining how barefoot or shod walking affects the walk-run transition.

After graduating in December 2010, Melissa is now in the Mechanical Engineering program at Auburn University.

Jacob Parks-Milton Rose Student 2010-2011

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My name is Jacob Parks and I am a senior Biology/Pre-Medical Studies major at Pfeiffer University. I came in with the idea of being a Family Physician after Graduate School, and that is still my plan. I am from Salisbury, NC and have lived there all my entire life on my family's farm. My research over the past three years has consisted of the study of antibiotic resistances in bacterial cultures from Gibson Lake, which is on the Pfeiffer Campus. This year however, the plan is to change the research topic to bacteriophage research and study how they interact with bacterial cultures.

Zach McMichael-Milton Rose Student 2010-2011

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Zach McMichael is a junior chemistry and economics major, with minors in accounting and mathematics. He is working with Dr. Michael Riemann using numerous propargyl ethers to find a mechanism that creates benzo-cyclo-butenes. BCBs are used mainly as an insulating coat on microchips.

While he is not studying, Zach is a competitive swimmer for the Pfeiffer swim team. He currently has NCAA D2 national time standards in the 100 fly and 200 fly. He is also the president of the newly formed Entrepreneur Club and the Vice-President of the Honors Program.

Learn more about Zach's research project.

Bailey Greene-Milton Rose Student 2010-2011

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Bailey Greene is a senior from Asheboro, NC, majoring in biology with minors in math and chemistry. She has been working with Dr. Dane Fisher in the Milton Rose Program. During her freshman year, she worked on agrobacterium transformations of tobacco plants and on Coleus Cv. mutations using UV light. As a sophomore, she worked on a tomato breeding project using heirloom and specially bred tomato varieties. During her junior year, Bailey worked on a project to transform soybeans using agrobacterium, and as a senior, Bailey began work on a project to establish DNA fingerprints for different tomato varieties that could eventually be used to determine if true hybrids have been made when doing crosses.

Learn more about Bailey's research project.

Q&A with the Dean

Mark_McCallum_smDr. Mark McCallum has been at the helm of the School of Natural Sciences since 2003. A Pfeiffer faculty member since 1994, McCallum has served as chair of the Departments of Health Sciences and Biology. His research interests include how bacteria become resistant to different antibiotics and how antibiotic resistance can spread within populations of bacteria. McCallum earned a Ph.D. in biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Q: What makes the School of Natural Sciences at Pfeiffer distinctive?

A: The faculty members traditionally have provided a challenging academic experience for our students.  The individual faculty members take the necessary time to serve as mentors both in research and career development for our students.  In both science and math, there is a great deal of collaboration and cooperation in shaping the curriculum.

Q: How do programs and services prepare students for careers in math/science?

A: As part of the university's strategic plan, the School developed a Steeple of Excellence to integrate an undergraduate research/learning model for science education into our curriculum. We want to challenge our students to engage in research inside and outside of the classrooms.  Because of our small class sizes, we can spend more time mentoring students and utilizing activities that model math and science research to engage students. Our goal is to make students active participants in our classrooms and not just passive listeners.

Q: An impressive percentage number of Pfeiffer science graduates pursue advanced degrees. How do you foster this?

A: Approximately two-thirds of our students continue in graduate and/or professional programs after Pfeiffer. The success can be partially attributed to having science/math faculty who provide challenging experiences in the classroom.  However, these individuals also put forth the extra energy to engage students in research outside of the classroom and to work with students in shaping career plans—the science/math faculty work hard to appropriately advise students and take pride in being knowledgeable advisors and mentors. We are very proud of our students' successes.

Mission and Steeple of Excellence

Steeple of Excellence—Our Vision Statement: The School of Natural and Health Sciences will develop an integrated undergraduate research/learning model for science education.

Our Steeple of Excellence model provides guidance to shape the curriculum and faculty/student interactions within our school. Pfeiffer University's School of Natural and Health Sciences provides an outstanding undergraduate science education. The school's curriculum reflects the faculty's understanding of the integrative nature of the natural and health sciences and the value of interdisciplinary work across majors. Most students in the school take courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics. Graduates of the School of Natural and Health Sciences pursue degrees and careers across the country.

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