Bachelor of Arts
The Intercultural Studies BA is built upon a commitment to education that incorporates solid academic study combined with mentored, service-based experience. This approach, often referred to as praxis-orientated education (acted-upon reflection), is what Jesus modeled when he trained his disciples (see Luke 10:1-23 for a great example). For this reason the third- year mentored Intercultural Studies internship is a critical component of the program. To truly understand intercultural dynamics, one needs to experience life in another context. Learn more about the Intercultural Studies internship.
With an emphasis on both study and application, the BA program is intentionally holistic and integrative in its scope. Students are equipped to understand and interpret the Bible, appreciate and serve within new cultures, employ new skills in areas of church ministry and community development, grow deeper in their walk with God, and discern their personal and career direction.
Most Intercultural Studies BA graduates are interested in serving cross-culturally in some of the following roles: church planting, community development, Bible teaching, peace and justice advocacy, children and youth work, and leadership training.
One other important feature of the Intercultural Studies BA is the opportunity for students to specialize in an area of interest, referred to as “Minors”. At present, we offer seven possibilities:
- Caregiving and Counseling
- Church Ministry
- Educational Assistant
- Outdoor Recreational Leadership
- Working with Children
- Worship Arts
- Youth Work