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


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

Career opportunities

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

Program director

Darren Duerksen
Darren Duerksen, Ph.D.

Director & Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

Course listing

Required Courses

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