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.

Distinctives

  • 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
Chair, Intercultural Studies Program
Associate Professor
Why do you enjoy working at Jessup?
His desire is to inspire and equip others to give their life to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the unreached people of the world. He is excited about how the liberal arts educational focus at WJU enables him to integrate the preparation for cross-cultural life and ministry with equipping for a wide variety of professions available through the degree offerings at the university.