As an intercultural studies major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll gain the tools needed to understand, live, work and serve within cultures different from your own. This major is designed for everyone who’s ever wanted to live and work amidst another culture. Taught by faculty with global work-experience in missions, community development and ministry, this program will help you develop perspectives and knowledge necessary to function and serve in our global community. Whether you’re exploring global economics or diving into ethnicities and cultures from all continents, you will develop a broader understanding of the world that will prepare you to make a positive and lasting impact in peoples’ lives in cross-cultural contexts. Shape your studies to match your interests by adding a second major, minor or area of emphasis.
- Learn from a variety of disciplines, such as anthropology, sociology, biblical studies, religious studies and theology
- Learn about and explore the diverse cultures of the local Central Valley area
- Multiple study abroad and mission trip options to enhance your education
- Develop skills and knowledge that facilitate community development and ministry in cross-cultural contexts
As an intercultural studies graduate, you may go on to work 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, this major will prepare you for graduate study programs in intercultural studies, international development, peace and reconciliation, international policy and other fields.
Second Major/Minor Requirement
In order to fulfill the intercultural studies major, the student is required to complete one of the following:
- A second major. This is a popular option for students who intend to pursue a career in another field (such as business, social work, education, natural science, etc.) but desire to practice their career in a cross-cultural context and/or as a part of their ministry.
- A minor. This option allows the student who wants to focus on preparation for cross-cultural work and ministry to develop knowledge and skills in another area of interest. The TESOL minor and certificate is a popular option (if not taken as an emphasis).
|BLIT 336||Biblical Literature: Acts||3|
|GEOG 220||Cultural Geography||3|
|SOC 205||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||3|
Intercultural Experience Requirement
Students will have two cross-cultural experiences, one international and one domestic, of the following lengths:
- One experience should be for the length of a semester (or six-week summer term). If done internationally, this can be satisfied by participating in an international study abroad program or 6-10 week service/mission trip. If done domestically, this can be satisfied through an urban ministry program (such as the Fresno Pink House, Hub or Fresno Urban Institute).
- One experience should be for one-three weeks. If done internationally this can be satisfied by participating in an international mission/learning trip. If done domestically this can be satisfied through a cross-cultural ministry opportunity such as Fresno Urban Ministry Project (FUMP), taking MIN- 475 Urban Los Angeles Immersion or another cross-cultural practicum.
Transferring to Fresno Pacific
FPU is a partner school with Transferology, a web-based tool that allows you to match the courses you’ve already taken with FPU programs. Visit Transferology.com to create an account and get started.
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.
Required Major Core (22-23 Units)
|ICS 499||Senior Seminar in Intercultural Studies||3|
|LANG 310||First and Second Language Acquisition or 1 semester of foreign language in addition to general education requirements||3|
|LANG 310L||First and Second Language Acquisition Lab||1|
|MIN 379||Spiritual Formation||2|
|PS 420||International Relations||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 Studies Practicum||1 - 3|
|ICS 482||Intercultural Studies Internship||1 - 3|
|MIN 475||Urban Los Angeles Immersion||1|
|LANG 496||Language Studies Internship if taking the TESOL emphasis and certificate or 1 semester of foreign language in addition to general education requirements||3|
This program requires an emphasis