Intercultural Religious Studies, B.A.

The Intercultural Religious Studies major (ICS) enables students to learn about the different religions and belief systems in the world and gain cultural and cross-cultural skills. The program uses an interdisciplinary and developmental model to examine religion, cultures, power, prestige, privilege, group interrelationships, and cross-cultural communications and interactions. It is designed to help students participate more meaningfully in their social, civic, and increasingly global world of work roles. The program’s philosophy is to educate through a religious scope.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must present:

          1)   An official High School Diploma or an official transcript from each college and university attended.
2)  A completed Application for Admission form.
3)  An application fees.
4)  Proof of proficiency in the English language. Students must produce results of a TOEFL score of at least 500 paper-based (173 Computerized) (60 internet based) or pass the University’s English exam.

Objectives

The objectives of the bachelor’s program in Intercultural Studies are to:

  • Prepare students to comprehensively understand a vast array of cultures and context in which they may serve.
  • Prepare students to positively contribute to the well-being of those with whom they may interact and serve.
  • Prepare students to make disciples of Jesus Christ among all nations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the bachelor’s program in Intercultural Studies, students will be able to successfully:

  • Demonstrate integrative knowledge and skill across contributing fountains of history, linguistics, social science, and theology to work and function in various settings.
  • Assess both cultural and contextual realities in order to develop Biblically centered responses toward cross-cultural problems.
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and solve issues which may arise
  • Articulate and practice the important mandate given by Christ to make disciples of all nations.
  • Express the importance of growing a Christ-like character as a pivotal component of preparation for service across a range of callings.