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Culture encompasses our habits, our lifestyle, our language—it shapes who we are has humans. The intercultural studies minor will expose you to cultural contexts other than your own. You will learn central elements of understanding and working in diverse and different cultural environments.


  • Courses discuss many of the topics enveloped in culture: religion, political science, geography, sociology, theology and communication.

Career opportunities

Skills in intercultural communication and understanding are highly valued in our increasingly globalized world. Because of this the intercultural studies minor supplements and enhances other study programs by exposing you to cross-cultural contexts and providing important insights about diverse and different cultural environments.

Course listing

General Education Recommendations

SOC 205Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
GEOG 220Cultural Geography3

Required Courses (19 Units)

PS 420International Relations3
COM 400
or SOC 410
Intercultural Communication
or American Ethnicity and Pluralism
REL 452
or REL 460
World Christianity
or Religions of the World
SOC 301Anthropology for Christian Witness3
THEO 365Perspectives on Global Missions3

Participate in a cross-cultural experience for a minimum of 45 hours. With a program director approval register for a minimum of 1 unit (45 hours/unit) from the following

ICS 382Intercultural Studies Practicum1-3
ICS 482Intercultural Studies Internship1-3
MIN 475Urban Los Angeles Immersion1

Minor in Costa Rica

Required Courses In Costa Rica (15 Units)
ICS 320Introduction to Holistic Mission in Costa Rica3
SOC 338People and Cultures of Costa Rica3
SOC 481International Internship3
SPAN 286Spanish in Costa Rica6
Required Course In Fresno (3 Units)
THEO 365Perspectives on Global Missions3

Program director

Darren Duerksen, Ph.D.
Darren Duerksen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Intercultural and Religious Studies