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Understand the contexts of poverty, hunger and social injustice and the means for bringing long-term transformation.


  • Courses study specific global regions and their various economic, health and political challenges.
  • A variety of classes analyzing poverty, development, human trafficking and conflict, and Christian responses to these and other issues.

Career opportunities

This combination of political/socio-economic understanding and theological analysis provides a foundation for work with international development organizations, urban development ministries and church staff roles focusing on community development, refugee services and justice and reconciliation work.

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Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Emphasis Required Courses (15 Units)

PS 425Global Economics and Sustainable Development3
SOC 410
PS 411
PS 412
PS 414
PS 416
American Ethnicity and Pluralism
or Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture
or Modern Africa: History, Politics and Culture
or Modern Asia: History, Politics and Culture
or Modern Middle East: History, Politics and Culture

Select three of the following

ICS 320Introduction to Holistic Mission in Costa Rica3
THEO 425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
THEO 365Perspectives on Global Missions3
THEO 445Issues and Theologies of Mission3
THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3
THEO 470Justice, Poverty and Development3

Program director

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Darren Duerksen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Intercultural and Religious Studies