Intercultural Studies - Mission/Service Emphasis

The mission/service emphasis prepares students for ministry with Christian mission and development organizations, incorporating courses that give important insights for ministry-related initiatives.

Unique Features

Required courses in the missions/service emphasis build theological and economic frameworks for working across cultures. Elective courses allow students to focus on mission, urban issues, international business and community facilitation in other cultures or multicultural contexts.

Our Graduates

This emphasis preprares students for a variety of career and service opportunities in cultural contexts other than their own, both within and across national boundaries. These include cross-cultural mission, commuity participation from village to urban communities, social action, international relations and internal policy-making as it relates to cultural/ethnic issues.


General Education Prerequisites

  • BLIT-336 Biblical Literature: Acts (3)
  • ECON-105 Principles of Economics (4)
  • SOC -160 Introduction to Anthropology (3)

Intercultural Experience Requirement

Students have an opportunity to experience a culture other than that with which they are already familiar. This requirement may be satisfied by participating in one of the study abroad programs offered by the university, by completing an intercultural focus series or through an equivalent experience approved by the program director.

Language Requirement

Two semesters of language, or equivalent, in addition to general education requirements.

Required Courses (57 Units)


  • COM-400 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • GEOG-320 Cultural Geography (3)
  • INTB-370 International Business (3)
  • or PS-425 Global Economics and Sustainable Development (3)
  • PS-420 International Politics and Organizations (3)
  • SOC -301 Anthropology for Christian Witness (3)
  • SOC -310 Cultural Communities of California (3)
  • or SOC-410 American Ethnicity and Pluralism (3)
  • THEO -365 Current Perspectives on Mission (3)
  • THEO -430 Contemporary Theologies (3)
  • THEO -445 Biblical Theologies of Mission (3)

Select one of the following:

  • REL -418 Culture, Religion and the Church (3)
  • REL -452 Christianity in the Non-Western World (4)
  • REL -460 Religions of the World (3)

Electives (7-12 Units)

Select three courses in consultation with the program director to meet individual needs and interests. COM-420 and REL-452 are recommended.

  • BLIT-310-349 Choose in consultation with the program director (3)
  • BIOL-310L Ecology (4)
  • BUS-365 Business Ethics (3)
  • COM-420 Conflict Management and Resolution (3)
  • GEOG-330 Urban Geography (3)
  • HIST -410 Latin American History and Religious Thought (4)
  • MIN-357 Christian Leadership and Administration (4)
  • MIN-360 The Church in an Urban World (3)
  • MIN-375 Discipleship and Evangelism (2)
  • MIN-379 Spiritual Formation (2)
  • PS-412 Modern Africa: History, Politics and Culture (3)
  • PS-414 Modern Asia: History, Politics and Culture (3)
  • PS-416 Modern Middle East: History, Politics and Culture (3)
  • PS-430 America in a Global Community (4)
  • REL -452 Christianity in the Non-Western World (4)
  • SW-410 Working with Groups (3)
  • SW-420 Becoming a Change Agent (3)
  • THEO -370 Expansion of the Christian Faith (3)
  • THEO -425 Theological Ethics and the Environment (3)
  • THEO -430 Contemporary Theologies (3)
  • THEO -465 Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking (3)

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