The Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural & Religious Studies program at Fresno Pacific University is designed for everyone who’s ever wanted to live and work amidst another culture. Our program will help you develop perspectives and knowledge necessary to function and serve in our global community. You will learn a broad understanding of the world and develop the tools needed to understand, work and minister effectively in different settings.
- Learn from a variety of disciplines, such as anthropology, sociology, biblical studies, religious studies and theology
- Develop skills and knowledge that facilitate community development and ministry in cross-cultural contexts
- Explore new cultures through study abroad programs and mission experiences
- Learn about and explore the diverse cultures of the local area
- Deepen your spiritual and personal awareness through reflection and discussion
ICS graduates find employment in fields such as international missions, international business, non-profit and international community development, urban Christian community development, human resources, human services and social work, intercultural consulting, education, justice and reconciliation work, and refugee services. In addition, the major prepares students for graduate study programs in intercultural studies, international development, peace and reconciliation, international policy and other fields.
In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.
Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.
|BLIT 336||Biblical Literature: Acts||3|
|GEOG 220||Cultural Geography||3|
|SOC 205||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||3|
Required Major Core (22-23 Units)
|ICS 499||Senior Seminar in Intercultural & Religious Studies||3|
|LANG 310||First and Second Language Acquisition or|
1 semester of foreign language in addition to general education requirements
|LANG 310L||First and Second Language Acquisition Lab||1|
|MIN 379||Spiritual Formation||2|
|PS 420||International Relations||3|
|REL 452 or|
|World Christianity 3 or|
Religions of the World
|SOC 301||Anthropology for Christian Witness||3|
Participate in one international and one domestic cross-cultural experience, totaling 180 hours of volunteer time. With the Program Director’s approval, register for a minimum of 4 units (45 hours/unit) from the following
|ICS 382||Intercultural & Religious Studies Practicum||1|
|ICS 482||Intercultural & Religious Studies Internship||1|
|MIN 475||Urban Los Angeles Immersion||1|
If taking the TESOL emphasis and certificate or 1 semester of foreign language in addition to general education requirements
|LANG 496||Language Studies Internship||3|
This program requires an emphasis