Nyack College Intercultural Studies


Welcome to the Department of Intercultural Studies.  I love culture and I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  As a son of missionaries and then, serving with my wife as international workers with the Alliance, I’ve been privileged to spend 37 years of my life living in the West African countries of Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.  We have had the opportunity of living and working in a Muslim context.  We have also seen the creation of a center for girls at risk.  We understand the value of being culturally competent, as well as being biblically sound.  That’s what the Intercultural Studies department at Nyack is all about.

This generation is a generation that is growing in its awareness of the needs of the world we live in.  They are the “mercy generation” that wants to do something about these needs.  I believe that our Intercultural Studies program is perfect for preparing young people to go and demonstrate the love of Jesus in word and deed.  

Scott Reitz is the other full-time professor in the ICS department.  As a native son of Brooklyn, he grew up in a cross-cultural environment, far more diverse than most cities worldwide. Having worked in relief and development programs in East Africa and Asia, he brings significant relief and development experience to the program.  Our ICS department is all about holistic ministry and being the “hands and feet of Jesus” in a hurting and lost world.

We are convinced that Nyack College in New York is the premier location for students to prepare for cross-cultural service. Metro New York is our classroom, offering interaction with over two hundred people groups of the world, with access to the consulates of every nation, the U.N., and opportunities to connect with ministries and humanitarian organizations addressing profound global needs.

Take the time to navigate our pages to see the specifics of our program and the various concentrations we offer.  We think we are on the cutting edge of developing international workers who have a heart for service, and who understand what it will take to represent Jesus Christ in an intercultural context.

Please take some time to navigate our pages to see what we are all about.