The Global Community Development Department is designed to equip students for the engaging opportunities and challenges of our current and future world–at home or beyond our borders. Our curriculum provides foundational and specialized skills for work in business, non-profit, humanitarian, diplomatic, and Christian ministry sectors.
Why Study Global Community Development at Nyack?
- Relevant programs of study
- Proximity to New York City and visits to ethnic neighborhoods
- Experienced professors
- A strong departmental community
- An intercultural legacy: Nyack has been preparing intercultural workers for over 130 years.
“Living on the ethnically diverse campus of Nyack, with close access to other cultures in New York City, was the perfect environment for studying cross-cultural living. Despite my uncertainty as to how ‘marketable’ my Intercultural Studies degree would be, when the rubber hit the road in Uganda, I realized how well it had prepared me to live among and serve people of another culture.” Chrissy Chip, Class of 2007 “David Ausubel, language theorist, explained that learning is not simply memorizing facts. It is the creation of meaningful connections in the brain. This is the best explanation of Nyack’s Intercultural Studies program–a system of learning that goes beyond the classroom. Through Intercultural Studies, I received practical experience and the tools to work abroad. Whether during my internship in the Middle East or my first two years in South Korea, I have been consistently grateful for the perspectives Nyack’s Intercultural Studies program built into me.”
Rebekah CarrollClass of 2013
What Will I Study?
- Cultural sensitivity and awareness
- Skills for business and/or non-profits in both relief and development
- Ministry skills
- Bible knowledge and application
- Two internships enable students to gain practical experience domestically and internationally.
An Intercultural Studies major can expect to have a solid foundation leading to a variety of career opportunities. As with most college programs, graduate level studies will enhance the opportunities, but the foundation of Intercultural Studies will prepare students for a career in:
- Church leadership or Church administration
- International ministry
- International community development
Graduates of the Intercultural Studies program in the past ten years have served in many places around the world. They are doing church planting, community development, working for nonprofit organizations, and teaching English in countries around the world.