Intercultural Studies

Associate of Arts

Develop a strong biblical theology of mission for practical engagement in a world that needs to know Jesus Christ. Learn skills for understanding both the uniqueness of the world's different cultures and the increasing interconnectedness of these different social contexts through processes often referred to as globalization.

This degree is designed to provide initial preparation for students interested in careers and ministry of a cross-Wes and kids.jpgcultural nature. The program draws on the disciplines of Biblical Studies and Theology, and courses in the divisions of Arts and Science and Christian Ministry in order to introduce students to a critical understanding of the challenges of living and working in a culture other than their own. Students learn about how to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries while avoiding an ethnocentric perspective.

Graduation Requirements

  • the completion of 63 credit hours of study
  • the completion of the AA core requirements
  • two semesters of Service Learning
  • the completion of 24 credit hours of Intercultural Studies requirements


Program Requirements

(63 credit hours)

AA Core Curriculum

(30 credit hours)

Intercultural Studies

(24 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
CM 105 Perspectives in Mission 3
One course from the following:
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
GLST 200 Intercultural Communication
GLST 301 Globalization
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present
Six courses from the following:
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology (if not taken above)
ANTH 310 Ethnography
CM 401 The Church and its Mission
CM 405 Current Issues in Mission
ECON 101 Macroeconomics
ENG 322 World Literatures in English
GLST 200 Intercultural Communication (if not taken above)
GLST 301 Globalization (if not taken above)
HIS 320 Imperial Russia
HIS 321 Twentieth-Century Russia
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present (if not taken above)
HIS 351 Islamic History and Society in the Classical Era
HIS 352 Islamic History and Society in the Medieval and Modern Eras
HIS 361 History of the Modern Middle East
HIS 362 History of Modern South Asia
HIS/NTST 430 Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada
HIS 451 History of Christian-Muslim Relations
LING 105 Introduction to TESOL
LING 300 Language Analysis and Acquisition
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
RLST 311 World Religions
SOC 396 Urban Sociology
THEO 370 Theology of Mission

Free Electives

(9-15 credit hours)

SL 1-2 Service Learning non-credit

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Blayne Banting, DMin, PhD
Instructor in Christian Ministry and Pastoral Studies
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David Ernst, DMin
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
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Keith Molberg, MMus
Instructor in Worship Arts
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Ken Moser, MA
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry
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Michael Pawelke
President, Professor of Leadership and Pastoral Studies
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Tim Stabell, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Mission
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