Intercultural Studies, B.A.

Mission

The mission of the Undergraduate Program in Intercultural Studies is to prepare students who can comprehensively understand the diverse context(s) in which they may serve, contribute to the well-being of those with whom they interact, and make disciples of Jesus Christ among all people.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The Intercultural Studies major requires the completion of 36 credits of which 24 must be upper-division.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the critical importance of the mandate given by the Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations, and practice this command, based on an accurate understanding of text (Scripture) and context (culture) (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate integrative knowledge and skill across contributing streams of theology, history, linguistics, social science, and strategy to work in diverse settings (ULO 3).
  3. Assess cultural and contextual realities in order to develop Christian perspectives and responses toward cross-cultural problems (ULO 1).
  4. Express the significance of growing in Christ-like character as a central component of preparation for service across a broad range of vocations (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Field Internship

Every Intercultural Studies major must participate in a cross-cultural/overseas learning experience. This may be fulfilled by taking an approved field internship, which provides opportunity to apply skills studied in the classroom in a foreign environment. Students are encouraged to fulfill this requirement in the Summer following the junior year. Students may also fulfill this requirement by participating in a Biola approved Fall or Spring semester off-campus program. Those choosing the latter will not get additional academic credit but are required to complete 3 more credits of electives within the major. Study abroad waives summer internship and INCS 352. Students are still required to take INCS 354 upon their return.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students earning a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies at Biola University may be granted academic credit through the evaluation of college level technical and professional training equivalent to an internship experience. Credit is awarded by CSICS faculty.

The application for Credit for Prior Learning Experience will include a portfolio-based assessment of advanced college-level technical and professional training that reflects theory, data collection and analysis, and application such that it advances student mastery of the principles and practices of CSICS Internship and/or specified elective CSICS courses. Course credit will be granted upon satisfactory evaluation of prior learning experience to determine if a student is permitted to register for INCS 354 (required). Up to a maximum of 6 credits may be granted upon satisfactory evaluation of a prior learning experience for INCS 352 or INCS 490 (courses are indicated with a CPLE notation). Credits do not count toward the term's academic load; they are granted toward graduation requirements only. Fee: $100.

Curriculum Requirements

Concentrations

Intercultural Studies

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Integration Seminar (taken as "Gospel and Culture")
Program Courses
ANTH 200General Cultural Anthropology3
INCS 233Foundations of Global Studies3
INCS 322Intercultural Adjustment3
INCS 352Field Internship1
INCS 354Field Internship2
INCS 457Urban Research3
or INCS 458 Village and Tribal Cultures
BBST 458Theology of Mission3
or INCS 450 Theology of Mission
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology: Language, Culture and Society
General Linguistics
Language and Culture Learning
Select 18 credits of electives18
Students are strongly encouraged to choose the majority of their electives in one or two areas listed below. This will allow students to create an specialization for a particular career field. Focusing your Intercultural Studies degree on a specific area of study or interest allows future employers to recognize special skills in an area of expertise in your college experience.
Total Credits39

Electives

Applied Linguistics and Bible Translation
INAL 301General Articulatory Phonetics3
INAL 403Introduction to Phonology3
INAL 405Introduction to Syntax3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literacy
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Field Methods in Linguistics
Introduction to Bible Translation
Field Methods in Second Language and Culture Learning
Church Planting
INCS 333Principles of Church Multiplication3
INCS 334Church Planting Models and Strategies3
INCS 338Urban Ministry Models3
INCS 451Principles of Evangelism and Church Growth3
Cross-Cultural Healthcare
INCS 345Introduction to International Development3
INCS 430Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care 19
1

 INCS 430, choose three of the following seminar topics:

  • Global Health Perspectives
  • Global Health: Preparation for Living Overseas
  • Global Health Priorities
  • Global Health Communication
Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 300Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery3
ANTH 402Family, Kinship and Gender3
ANTH 403Economic Anthropology3
ANTH 404Symbol and Ritual3
International Development
INCS 345Introduction to International Development3
INCS 347Micro Issues in Relief and Development3
INCS 433Community Development Models and Strategies3
INCS 435Project Evaluation and Assessment3
Islamic Studies
INCS 324Introduction to Islam and Islamic Theology3
INCS 325Popular Islam3
INCS 447Approaches to the Islamic World3
Select one of the following:3
Sufism
History of the Middle East and Islam I
History of the Middle East and Islam II
Islam in America and the West
Missiology
INCS 444History of the Expansion of Christianity3
INCS 451Principles of Evangelism and Church Growth3
Select two of the following:6
Peoples of Ethnic America
Peoples of the World
World Christianity
Short-Term Mission Leadership
Profiles in Missionary Lives
Spiritual Conflicts in Cross-Cultural Context
The Local Church and World Missions
Topics in Ministry to Internationals and Immigrants
World Religions
Women in Cross-Cultural Ministry
Pioneer Missions
INCS 410Frontier Missiology3
INCS 425Spiritual Conflicts in Cross-Cultural Context3
INCS 451Principles of Evangelism and Church Growth3
INCS 485Topics in Intercultural Studies 13
1

INCS 485 should be taken as: Holy Spirit and Missions

TESOL

Note: Five courses required (13 credits).

INTE 309Grammar for English Teachers3
INTE 421Introduction to TESOL: Adult3
INTE 427Materials Evaluation and Preparation3
INTE 460Communicating Values Through TESOL1
INTE 492Practicum in TESOL I3
Urban Ministry
INCS 338Urban Ministry Models3
INCS 375Understanding the City3
INCS 457Urban Research3
INCS 459Urban Transformation3

Interdisciplinary

A personalized interdisciplinary program may be designed by the student and the student’s advisor. Popular concentrations include: International Business, Teaching (elementary or secondary education), Cross-cultural Family Studies, Intercultural Journalism, and Psychology, among others.

Concentration-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Integration Seminar (taken as "Gospel and Culture")
Concentration Courses
ANTH 200General Cultural Anthropology3
INCS 233Foundations of Global Studies3
INCS 322Intercultural Adjustment3
INCS 352Field Internship1
INCS 354Field Internship2
INCS 310General Linguistics3
or INCS 313 Language and Culture Learning
Select one of the following:3
Intercultural Communication
Urban Research
Village and Tribal Cultures
BBST 458Theology of Mission3
or INCS 450 Theology of Mission
Select 6 credits of Intercultural Studies electives and 12 upper-division credits from outside of the major in a discipline that supports the student's career objectives.18
Total Credits39

Interdisciplinary: Teaching Credential

Students who wish to earn a teaching credential as part of their Intercultural Studies Interdisciplinary major must complete the requirements detailed below.

In addition, the Professional Teacher Preparation Program of 28 credits must be completed. Students who wish to earn a multiple subject teaching credential (elementary) will also need to complete an additional 14 credits of pedagogy. Students who wish to earn a single subject teaching credential (junior high/high school) will need to complete an additional 2 credit content specific pedagogy course.

Refer to the Professional Teacher Preparation, Preliminary Credential section of this catalog for all information on exams, coursework, fieldwork, other professional evaluations, and state requirements for a California teaching credential.

The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation and for accreditation and reporting purposes. Please see a credential analyst in the School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor

Concentration-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Theology of Mission
Integration Seminar (taken as "Gospel and Culture" or "Christian Philosophy of Education")
Concentration Courses
Students must complete the Interdisciplinary concentration courses and the following:
INCS 331Peoples of Ethnic America3
INCS 332Peoples of the World3
Education Courses
See the Professional Teacher Preparation Program section of the catalog16