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Intercultural Studies Major (B.A.)

 Primary Faculty: Steve Nehlsen, Scott Reitz 

The Intercultural Studies major is designed with the academic and professional equipping needed for international and intercultural service. The courses in this curriculum will acquaint students with the social, economic, religious, and cultural diversities of the world’s peoples and the principles of development and change that affect world cultures.

Students in the Intercultural Studies major will be equipped to work in a variety of cultural contexts, to cope with cultural changes, to communicate with people of other worldviews, and to understand those whose life situations have forced them to cross cultural lines.

Concentrations may be taken in Global Outreach, TESOL, Urban Context, Community Development, Leadership and Administration, Global Entrepreneurship, as well as the possibility of creating a concentration that fits the interest of the student and will prepare them for service that fits their calling and passion. 

We are also pleased to announce the creation of a new concentration in conjunction with the “H.E.A.R.T. Institute” in Florida in the area of “Equipping God’s People, Embracing the Lost, Empowering the Poor”.  This new partnership is a semester-long program that equips the student in sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, appropriate technologies, and primary health and nutrition.

120 credit hours, distributed as follows, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree:

Liberal Arts and Science Core Component .....................35

Foreign Language Component.......................................12

Bible and Ministry Minor Curriculum...............................15

Major Field Component.................................................51                               

Liberal Arts Electives......................................................7

Total credits required..................................................120

Concentrations

The Intercultural Studies Program includes a “concentration of study”, allowing the student to pursue a concentration of five courses that allow for the student to orient his/her study in a particular field of interest. 

1.  Community Development: Designed for students with a desire to work with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) this course of study addresses the physical, economic, sociological and spiritual implications of poverty, disease and war. With emphasis on international work, this concentration approaches community development through both macro and micro lenses, examining problems and solutions from global policy to grass roots movements. May be taken as a terminal program or preparation for graduate studies.

   Community Development Concentration

   ICS 432 – Community Development In Context  OR

   SOC 334 - International Relief and Development   3

   ICS 314 – Issues in Social Justice        3

   PMN 441 – Leading Organizations        3

   ICS 336 -  Funding Projects And Ministries    3

   ICS 359 - International Public Health   3

2.  Global Entrepreneur Concentration: Designed for students who look to develop a business cross culturally. With an emphasis on crossing cultures, students will be equipped through business courses with globally-minded faculty. Internship placement will be with international business partners. May be taken as a terminal program or preparation for graduate studies.

   Global Entrepreneur Concentration

   ICS 459 – Int’l Relations Pol. Economy 3

   ICS340 – Survey of Developing Nations       3

   ICS 336 -  Funding Projects And Ministries    3

   PMN 441 – Leading Organizations        3

   PMN 311-  Introduction To Homiletics  3

3.  Global Outreach: Designed for students who desire to specialize in a ministry of evangelism, disciple making, and church planting. May be taken as a terminal program or preparation for graduate studies.

   Global Outreach Concentration

   ICS 432 - Principles of Church Growth  3

   ICS 341 – Orality and Evangelism (pre-reqs ICS 224 and ANT 201)  3

   PMN 311- Introduction To Homiletics   3

   ICS 336  - Funding Projects And Ministries    3

   ICS 348 - Theology in the Global Context     3

4.  Leadership and Administration Concentration: Designed for students who feel desire to be equipped for leadership and administration in the global community. A special focus is given to the development of the young leader. May be taken as a terminal program or preparation for graduate studies.

   Leadership and Administration Concentration

   PMN 441 – Leading Organizations        3

   PMN 311- Introduction To Homiletics   3

   ICS 336 - Funding Projects And Ministries     3

   PMN 316 - Business as Mission    3

   BUS 344 - Human Resource Management    3

5.  TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Concentration: Designed for students who wish to work cross-culturally by teaching English as a second language.  May be taken as a terminal program or preparation for graduate studies.

TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (21 credits)

    EDU 259-Teaching and Learning Strategies  3

    EDT341-TESOL: Methods and Materials       3     

    EDT 342-Methods in TESOL: Language Arts 3     

    EDT 381 or 382-TESOL Practicum      3     

    LIN 352-History of the English Language     3

    LIN 353 or 342-Eng Grammar& Phonology or Nature of Lang 3     

    LIN 354-Second Language Acquisition 3

6.  Urban Context Concentration: Designed for students with a clear vision for work in the Urban Context. Theological and sociological implications for urban ministry are emphasized throughout the course of study. May be taken as a terminal program or preparation for graduate studies.

   Urban Context Concentration

   SOC 345 - American Youth Culture      3

   SOC 250 - Sociology of the City  3

   ICS 435 - Introduction to Urban Ministries    3

   SOC 454 – Unders./Transform.Urb. Systems 3

   PMN 311- Introduction To Homiletics   3

7.  “Open Concentration”:  Based on a student’s passions and interests, it is possible to create a concentration in a particular field of interest, in order to better prepare the student for the kind of service the student is considering pursuing upon graduation.  Examples would be a concentration in Communicatins, Art, Music, Business, etc.  May be taken as a terminal program or preparation for graduate studies.

8.  H.E.A.R.T. (Hunger Education and Resource Training)  Institute:  For the student interested in training in the area of assisting the poor through sustainable gardening, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, nutrition and primary health care, we have launched a partnership with this training institute in Florida.  Their website is: www.heartvillage.org .