Intercultural Studies Overview

The Intercultural Studies Program at William Jessup University prepares students for work and ministry in cross-cultural environments, either in the United States or abroad. Beyond a core of missions theory, today’s Intercultural Studies graduates also 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 crosscultural life and ministry. The program also seeks to develop within the student a passion for fulfilling God’s work in the world, a Christ-like character, and confidence in the provision of God. Finally, the curriculum will provide adequate preparation for those desiring to attend graduate school before entering their field of service.


  • Develop an appreciation for diverse populations and issues involved in cross-cultural communication, as well as one’s adjustment to those cultures
  • Understand the biblical and theological basis for missions
  • Develop skills in making the gospel and ministry relevant to local contexts
  • Understand cross-cultural ministry theory and methodology
  • Christ-centered, faith based courses
  • Personalized advising
  • WASC & ABHE Accredited

Career & Internship Opportunities

  • Church Planting and Development
  • Christian Education
  • Youth/Worship Ministry
  • Disaster Relief
  • Diplomat
  • Community Development
  • English Language Education
  • Social Justice Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Business
Featured Faculty
Assistant Professor, Intercultural Studies (ICS) School of Christian Leadership
Why do you enjoy working at Jessup?
I grew up in the Sacramento area. Upon graduation from high school, few options for Christian College existed in California’s central valley. After my transformational experience at a Socal Christian College, I wanted to be part of that transformation for students, and secured a job at my alma mater. I later learned about Jessup’s move to my hometown! My curiosity got the best of me and I applied to serve as Director of Campus Ministries in summer 2004. God opened the door for me to serve in this role for 11 years, after which I transitioned to the faculty in summer 2015.