BA in Intercultural Studies

What is the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies?

This degree program is designed for students wishing to serve in a variety of professions, in diverse or cross-cultural contexts. Because it is a cross-disciplinary major, the Intercultural Studies program can serve a variety of student needs. Our mission is to develop Christian professionals skilled in theory and practice for culturally-relevant, globally-focused service.

What do students enrolled in the Intercultural Studies program do?

As an Intercultural Studies major, you will build your CQ (cultural intelligence quotient) as you consider how languages, histories, stories, religions, customs, traditions, values and worldviews combine to form unique cultures. You will learn to engage diverse populations across cultural barriers, develop cultural literacy, expand perspectives on conflict resolution and problem solving and broaden your comprehension of human development. You will complete a minimum of six hours in local, regional or global internships, working in various cultural contexts. You will gain insights through multiple disciplines, fostering a global view of people and cultures and gaining a greater understanding of God’s love for humanity.

Is this major right for you?

You might consider an Intercultural Studies major if you wish to serve in a profession that operates diverse cultural contexts. If you wish to pursue a career that requires adjustment to living, working and communicating in another culture, then the ICS major will prepare you.

About our students

In our Intercultural Studies program, students have the opportunity to analyze contemporary global concerns, to formulate Christian perspectives and to explore better solutions for today’s cross-cultural challenges. Through local, regional and global internship opportunities, students can build a customized learning experience that allows for work and research among people groups in the United States and/or around the world.

About our graduates

ICS majors have found employment opportunities in:

  • Multinational corporations
  • National and International not-for-profit agencies
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • International relief and development agencies
  • Healthcare industries
  • Urban and City Planning organizations
  • Language translation and education organizations
  • Diplomatic or foreign service organizations
  • Higher education institutions
  • Churches and parachurch ministries

Further education in graduate seminary programs

Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctoral programs are available in Intercultural Studies, International Relations, International Business, Linguistics, Anthropology, and other associated degree programs. A partial list of graduate schools attended by students with intercultural studies includes:

  • Columbia International University
  • Regent University
  • Wheaton College Graduate School
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Trinity International Divinity School
  • University of Southern California
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of California Davis
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of Washington
  • Biola University/Talbot Theological Seminary
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Duke Divinity School