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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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Program director

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

Director & Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

Course listing

General Education Recommendations

CodeTitleUnits
SOC-205Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
GEOG-220Cultural Geography3

Intercultural Experience Requirement

Students will spend time learning and/or working in one urban/rural-poverty or cross-cultural setting for a minimum of three weeks (or by approval of the director. Taken with ICS- 382, below).

Required Courses (19 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
COM-400
or SOC-410
Intercultural Communication
American Ethnicity and Pluralism
3
3
ICS-382*Intercultural Studies Practicum1
PS-420International Relations3
REL-452
or REL-460
Christianity in the Non-Western World
Religions of the World
3
3
SOC-301Anthropology for Christian Witness3
THEO-365Perspectives on Global Missions3

* should be taken with the intercultural

Costa Rica

General Education Recommendations
CodeTitleUnits
SOC-205Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
GEOG-220Cultural Geography3
Required Courses In Costa Rica (15 Units)
CodeTitleUnits
ICS-320Introduction to Holistic Mission in Costa Rica3
SOC-338Peoples and Cultures of Costa Rica3
SOC-481International Internship in Costa Rica3
SPAN-286Spanish in Costa Rica6
Required Course In Fresno (3 Units)
CodeTitleUnits
THEO-365Perspectives on Global Missions3