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 complete an approved field internship experience, which requires the application of skills studied in the classroom in a cross-cultural environment, usually in a foreign country. Students are encouraged to fulfill this requirement in the summer following the junior year or alternatively in the summer following their senior year. In the case of those choosing to complete their internship following their senior year, INCS 354 will be offered as a summer online class following their internship experience.

Curriculum Requirements

Intercultural Studies

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Integration Seminar (taken as "Gospel and Culture") 1
Theology of Mission
Theology of Mission
Program Courses
ANTH 200Cultural Anthropology3
INCS 233Foundations of Global Studies3
INCS 313Practicum in Language and Culture Learning3
INCS 322Intercultural Adjustment3
INCS 349Community-Based Research3
INCS 352Field Internship1
INCS 354Field Internship2
Select a 9-credit concentration from the list below 29
Select 9 credits of electives 39
Total Credits36

Concentrations

Applied Linguistics and Bible Translation

INAL 301General Articulatory Phonetics3
General Linguistics 1
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology: Language, Culture and Society
Introduction to Phonology
Introduction to Syntax
Introduction to Literacy
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Field Methods in Linguistics 2
Introduction to Bible Translation 2
Field Methods in Second Language and Culture Learning
Total Credits9

Church Planting and Pioneer Missions

INCS 410Frontier Missiology3
INCS 451Principles of Evangelism and Church Growth3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Principles of Church Multiplication
Church Planting Models and Strategies
Spiritual Conflicts in Cross-Cultural Context
Traditional Cultures
Topics in Intercultural Studies (taken as Holy Spirit and Missions)
Total Credits9

Cross-Cultural Healthcare

INCS 345Introduction to Development3
INCS 430Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care (Global Health Perspectives)3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care (Global Health: Preparation for Living Overseas)
Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care (Global Health Priorities)
Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care (Global Health Communication)
Total Credits9

Cultural Anthropology

INCS 458Traditional Cultures3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery
Social Justice and Human Rights
Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Economic Anthropology
Human Conflict
Total Credits9

International and Community Development

INCS 345Introduction to Development3
INCS 433Community Development Models and Strategies3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Micro Issues in Relief and Development
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Total Credits9

Islamic Studies

INCS 324Understanding Islam and Islamic Theology3
INCS 325Popular and Folk Islam3
INCS 447Approaches to the Islamic World3
Total Credits9

Missiology

INCS 444History of the Expansion of Christianity3
INCS 451Principles of Evangelism and Church Growth3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
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
Total Credits9

TESOL

INTE 421Introduction to TESOL: Adult3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Grammar for English Teachers
Materials Evaluation and Preparation
Ethics, Values, and Intercultural Communication for TESOL Professionals
Practicum in TESOL I 1
Total Credits9

Urban Ministry

INCS 375Understanding the City3
INCS 459Urban Transformation3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Urban Ministry Models
Urban Research
Total Credits9

Interdisciplinary

A personalized interdisciplinary program may be designed by the student and the student’s advisor. Popular fields include: International Business, Cross-cultural Family Studies, Intercultural Journalism, and Psychology, among others. 

Select one field from the following:

Cross-cultural Family Studies

Field-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Cross-Cultural/Ethnic Issues in Psychology
Current Topics in Psychology
Social Problems
American Culture and Values
Marriage and the Family
Total Credits9

Early Childhood Education

Field-Specific Core Curriculum Requirements
Introduction to Psychology (prerequisite to all courses)
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Child Development: Birth through Adolescence
Early Childhood Curriculum
School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings
Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings
Observation and Assessment of Young Children
Early Childhood Practicum
Total Credits9

Intercultural Journalism

Prerequisite Coursework 1
Foundations of Journalism
Introduction to Convergence
Introduction to Visual Media
Select 9 credits from the following storytelling components:9
Practicum 2
Convergent Production
Database Journalism
Publication Editing and Management
Intermediate Broadcast Production
Photo Communication
Media Law
Media Internship
and Advanced Internship and Career Preparation in Media 3
Total Credits9

International Business

Due to the popularity of the Business program, automatic priority is given to Business majors. 

Additional coursework may be taken to complete a Business Administration Minor. See the catalog (Minors section) or the School of Business for details.

Field-Specific Core Curriculum Requirements
The following prerequisite courses are required (may be transferred in under University transfer policy):
Business Statistics (fulfills Core Curriculum Math requirement)
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Accounting I
Principles of Accounting II
The following 9 credits are required for the Intercultural Interdisciplinary concentration:
BUSN 361Business Law3
BUSN 370Business Finance3
BUSN 375Business as Mission3
Total Credits9

Psychology

Field-Specific Core Curriculum Requirements
Introduction to Psychology (fulfills Core Curriculum Behavioral Science requirement)
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Human Sexuality
Abnormal Psychology
Cross-Cultural/Ethnic Issues in Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Theories of Personality
Seminar in Therapeutic Techniques
Total Credits9

Interdisciplinary Education

Concentration-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Introduction to Psychology (Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education require this course)
Elementary or Secondary Concentration Courses 1
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
Total Credits9

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Intercultural Studies, B.A. Intercultural Studies (INCS)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
INCS 2333ANTH 2003
ENGL 100 or 1123Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Science (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 100 or 1013MATH 1211
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 17 15
Total Credits 32
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513INCS 3133
INCS Elective3Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
INCS 3223INCS 3493
INCS Elective (upper-division)3INCS 3521
Behavioral Science (PSYC 200 or SOCI 220)3ENGL 3133
MATH 1221MATH 1231
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 14 14
Total Credits 28
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 458 or INCS 45013BBST 465 (Gospel & Culture - required)3
INCS 3542BBST 306, 316, or 3263
INCS Elective3Concentration Elective (upper-division)3
Concentration Elective (upper-division)3Concentration Elective (upper-division)3
General Elective4Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 15 15
Total Credits 30

Intercultural Studies, B.A. Interdisciplinary (INDS) 

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
INCS 2333ANTH 2003
ENGL 100 or 1123Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Science (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 100 or 1013MATH 1211
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 17 15
Total Credits 32
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513INCS 3133
INCS Elective3Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
General Elective3Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
INCS 3223INCS 3521
INCS 3493Concentration Elective (upper-division)3
Behavioral Science (PSYC 200 or SOCI 220)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1221ENGL 3133
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1MATH 1231
Writing Competency RequirmentGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 14 14
Total Credits 28
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 458 or INCS 45013BBST 465 (Gospel & Culture - required)3
INCS 3542BBST 306, 316, or 3263
Concentration Elective (upper-division)3INCS Elective3
INCS Elective (upper-division)3Concentration Elective (upper-division)3
General Elective4Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 15 15
Total Credits 30