Intercultural Studies, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
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The Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural 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

Career opportunities

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.

Course listing

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 336Biblical Literature: Acts3
GEOG 220Cultural Geography3
SOC 205Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3

Required Major Core (22-23 Units)

ICS 499Senior Seminar in Intercultural Studies3
LANG 310First and Second Language Acquisition or 1 semester of foreign language in addition to general education requirements3
LANG 310LFirst and Second Language Acquisition Lab1
MIN 379Spiritual Formation2
PS 420International Relations3
REL 452 or
REL 460
World Christianity or
Religions of the World
SOC 301Anthropology for Christian Witness3

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


LANG 496Language Studies Internship3

If taking the TESOL emphasis and certificate or 1 semester of foreign language in addition to general education requirements


This program requires an emphasis

Program director

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

Associate Professor of Intercultural and Religious Studies, Program Chair, Intercultural and Religious Studies