Religious and Cultural Studies

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Satisfy your love for exploring diverse cultures and prepare yourself with a broad foundation in studies of cultural anthropology, cross-cultural communication and international politics.


  • Highlights the discipline of cultural anthropology as it relates to cultural analysis, communications, and regional studies.
  • Chances to research and study a variety of cultures locally and internationally.

Career opportunities

This emphasis provides great preparation for further studies in law, medicine, public policy, social work or business. It can also provide direct entry into work in journalism, teaching, advertising and non-profit organizations, often with an international or multicultural focus, all of which place a high premium on cultural understanding.

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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 Courses

Select five courses from the following

ART 330Art and Religion3
COM 440Performance and Culture3
LACS 302Mexican Folklorico Dance3
LACS 304Advanced Mexican Folklorico Dance3
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
PS 425Global Economics and Sustainable Development3
PSY 460Psychology of Religion3
REL 405Philosophy of Religion3
REL 418Culture, Religion and the Church3
REL 452World Christianity3
REL 455Christians and Religious Neighbors3
REL 460Religions of the World3
REL 465Religions of India3
SOC 338People and Cultures of Costa Rica3
SOC 410American Ethnicity and Pluralism3
SPAN 300Advanced Spanish I3
SPAN 304Advanced Spanish II3
SPAN 327Spain: Civilization and Culture3
SPAN 328Latin America: Civilization and Culture3
SPAN 374Education Across Borders: Mexico and the United States3
THEO 365Perspectives on Global Missions3
THEO 425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
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