The Intercultural Studies program prepares students for work and ministry in cross-cultural contexts either in the United States or abroad. The curriculum also provides adequate preparation for those desiring to attend graduate seminary before entering their field of service. Beyond a core of missions theory and content courses, today's Intercultural Studies students need usable skills that fit either traditional missionary roles (e.g. evangelism, youth ministry, Christian education or church planting) or nontraditional cross-cultural roles (e.g. business, TESOL, community development, education, counseling, music or primary health care). The Intercultural Studies curriculum is designed with flexibility for students to choose either of these approaches to cross-cultural ministry. WJU Intercultural Studies graduates will demonstrate:
- A clear understanding of the biblical and theological bases for missions.
- A vision and burden for God's work in today's world.
- An understanding of cross-cultural ministry theory and methodology.
- Development of cross-cultural ministry skills, especially the ability to make the gospel and one's ministry relevant to local contexts.
- An appreciation for diverse cultures and the sensitive issues involved in cross-cultural communication.
- Self-awareness concerning one's adjustment to diverse cultures.
- Skill in an area of concentration.
|Foundational Studies||66 units*|
|Intercultural Studies Major||52 units|
|Free electives||10 units*|
|Degree total:||128 units|
*Junior transfer students must complete all of the Bible core courses to complete a ministry degree (18 units total): Christian
Foundations-OT, Christian Foundations-NT, Biblical Interpretation, Romans, Christian Theology, Bible elective
ICS majors are encouraged to take these courses in their general education program. If these courses are not taken in the general education curriculum, they must be taken within the major electives:
|Creative Communication (PMIN320)||3 units|
|Cultural Anthropology (ICS202)||3 units|
|Sociology (SOC201)||3 units|
Intercultural Studies Major
The following courses are required to complete the requirements for majoring in Intercultural Studies:
|Kairos: God, the Church and the World (ICS103)||3|
|Pastoral Epistles (NT311)||2|
|Gospels course (NT241-244)||3|
|Intercultural Communication (ICS310)||3|
|World Religions (ICS320)||3|
|Serving in Urban Contexts (ICS341)||3|
|Establishing Faith Communities (ICS401)||3|
|Issues in Intercultural Life and Work (ICS403)||3|
|Care and Counseling (ICS423)||3|
|Teaching Effectively (ICS372)||1|
|Partnership Development and Management (ICS333)||3|
|Advanced Intercultural Studies Seminar (ICS492)||3|
|Electives (or Concentration)||12|
|Total for Intercultural Studies Major:||51 units|