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Bachelor of Arts

Intercultural Studies

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The major in Intercultural Studies is especially designed to prepare students to serve as missionaries to people of other cultures. As a part of this process, students are introduced to the concepts of culture in general, and taught how the Gospel may be spread in various cross-cultural settings. To ensure that this preparation equips the student in his particular area of ministry and calling, a minor can be obtained from any of the other disciplines.
  1. The student will have understanding of the biblical and philosophical basis for the mission to the
    church to carry the gospel of Christ to people of every nation, race, and religion.
  2. The student will recognize the missionary’s task as a personal responsibility requiring Christ’s
    lordship over the whole of his/her personal, social and intellectual life.
  3. The student will understand the uniqueness of a foreign culture, appreciate the local value
    system, and adjust with a minimum of culture shock.
  4. The student will comprehend the New Testament indigenous church principles and have the right
    concept of the missionary’s role in relation to national church, government, mission board, his
    country, and his/her home church.
  5. The student will meet the field service qualifications designated by the board under which he/she
    will be serving.

Total hours – 129 hours


  • Bible (30 hours)
    • Old Testament Survey
    • New Testament Survey
    • Pentateuch
    • Gospels (Life of Christ)
    • Acts
    • Romans
    • Theology of Holiness
    • Foundations of Faith
    • Bible Electives
  • General Education (45 hours)
    • English Composition
    • Rhetoric and Research
    • History of Western Civilization I or II
    • Lifespan Development
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • General Psychology
    • Public Speaking
    • Fine Arts: (Music, Art, etc.)
    • Social Studies Elective
    • Literature Elective
    • Math Elective
    • Science Elective
    • Evangelism
    • Electives
  • Intercultural Major (36 hours)
    • Introduction to Missions
    • History of Missions
    • Principles of Missions
    • Church Planting and Growth
    • Cross-Cultural Communications
    • Perspectives on World Evangelism
    • World Religious Systems
    • Principles of Administration
    • Electives (World Geography, TESOL, etc.)
    • Internship
  • Selected Minor (18 hours)

Pastoral Ministries

  • Objectives
    1. To acquaint the student with the various areas of need that he might encounter in fulfilling his role as leader of his congregation.
    2. To enable a student to analyze a passage of Scripture from an exegetical viewpoint and organize the truth so it may be presented in a sermon with clarity of thought.
    3. To acquaint the student with the role of evangelism so that he may be able to do the work of an evangelist, present the Gospel to individuals and groups, and develop outreach programs, both national and international, for the local church.
    4. To help the student demonstrate the basic principles, methods and skills needed for a vibrant, healthy, and prosperous church community.
  • Courses
    • Homiletics
    • Hermeneutics
    • Pastoral Ministries
    • Pastoral Counseling
    • Church Growth
    • Elective

Christian Counseling

  • Objectives
    1. To acquaint the student with basic counseling techniques that will assist him or her in nurturing emotional well-being in the lives of their parishioners or counselees.
    2. To prepare the student for handling losses and in-crises situations in the lives of his people.
    3. To assist the student in developing his/her ability to integrate the core concepts of psychology and counseling with the basic teachings of the Bible.
  • Courses
    • Marriage Counseling
    • Family Counseling
    • Lifespan Development
    • Crisis Counseling
    • Electives

Intercultural Studies

  • Objectives
    1. To acquaint the student with the historical mandate of missions and efforts which have been made in earlier times and with earlier methods.
    2. To acquaint the student with various kinds of missionary service, methods, and forms of strategy training that are needed to “disciple all nations”.
    3. To provide a right concept of the missionary’s role in relation to the national church, the local government, the mission board and the home church.
  • Courses
    • Introduction to Missions
    • Principles of Missions
    • Church Growth
    • Cross-Cultural Communications
    • World Religions
    • Elective

Christian Education

  • Objectives
    1. To provide the student with a Christian philosophy of instruction and purpose both in the classroom and in the church.
    2. To help the student understand the learning needs of various age groups and the levels of learning to be attempted.
    3. To acquaint the student with various teaching methods and skills which are effective in the learning process.
    4. To instill within the student a framework of professional attitudes and motivational techniques which are necessary for performing the role of teacher.
  • Courses
    • Fundamentals of Education I and II
    • Educational Psychology
    • Philosophy of Christian Education
    • Electives

Theological Studies

  • Objectives
    1. To enable the student to analyze a passage of Scripture from an exegetical viewpoint and organize the truth into a sermon with clarity of thought.
    2. To prepare the student in understanding theological concepts so that he may present apologetic and doctrinal defenses of his faith.
    3. To equip the student with tools for effective communication of doctrinal material for community ministry through the local church and/or its denominational affiliations.
  • Courses
    • Hermeneutics
    • Foundations of Faith
    • Theology I & II
    • Apologetics
    • Elective

Biblical Literature

  • Objectives
    1. To build on the required Bible core and provide the student with an overview of the entire scope of the books of the Bible.
    2. To equip the student with a proper means for interpretation and exegetical reading of the Scriptures.
    3. To acquaint the student with the historical journey of the Scriptures from their original writing to our contemporary society.
  • Courses
    • Hermeneutics
    • Genesis
    • Old Testament Historical Books
    • Daniel and Revelation
    • Major Prophets
    • Minor Prophets
    • History of the Bible
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