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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.


This program requires an emphasis


  • 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.

Program director

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

Director & Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

Course listing

Required Courses (23 Units)

or MIN-475
Intercultural Studies Practicum
Urban Los Angeles Immersion
or LANG-496**
Intercultural Studies Internship
Language Studies Internship
ICS-499Senior Seminar in Intercultural Studies3
LANG-310***First and Second Language Acquisition3
LANG-310LFirst and Second Language Acquisition Lab1
MIN-379Spiritual Formation2
PS-420International Relations3
or REL-460
Christianity in the Non-Western World
Religions of the World
SOC-301Anthropology for Christian Witness3

* should be taken with an intercultural experience
** if taking the TESOL emphasis and certificate
*** or 1 semester of foreign language in addition to general education requirements