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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
THEO 470Justice, Poverty and Development3
MGT 362Nonprofit Management3

Select one course from the following

SOC 410American Ethnicity and Pluralism3
PS 411Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture3
PS 412Modern Africa: History, Politics and Culture3
PS 414Modern Asia: History, Politics and Culture3
PS 416Modern Middle East: History, Politics and Culture3

Select one course from the following

ACCT 301Accounting for Management3
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

Program director

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Darren Duerksen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Intercultural and Religious Studies