B.A. in Intercultural Studies

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The Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies at Great Northern University is designed to aid your innovative, cross-cultural leadership development and prepare you to actively participate in an increasingly multicultural world.

Unlike education at a typical bible college or missionary or pastoral program, this program provides practical preparation designed to foster cultural awareness and develop you into an effective cross-cultural professional who is ready for intercultural service, here or abroad. 

Additionally, this program seeks to create a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for diverse cultural beliefs, value systems, worldviews, and intercultural communication methods and strategies.

A B.A. in Intercultural Studies will truly make you a student of the world, ready to appropriately engage with others in your choice of career.

Suggested Program Plan 

What Can I Do with an Intercultural Studies Degree?

  • Cross-cultural Missions
  • Public Relations
  • Social Science Research
  • Graduate Studies in Anthropology, Sociology, and Public Relations

Sample Core Courses

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

This course is designed to introduce students to the anthropological study of different cultures, including ways of comparing and contrasting the structures of social relationships and belief systems that operate in different cultural settings, especially for students who intend to engage in intercultural ministry in a variety of settings.

Introduction to Linguistics

A survey of the major subfields of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, language varieties and an introduction to the history of English. The approach to this course is practical, emphasizing problem solving and providing the field skills necessary for analyzing the structure of English and other languages as a basis for any linguistics or applied linguistics degree (e.g. Bible translation, TESOL).

Issues in Modern Missions

This course discusses the issues of cross-cultural barriers, the importance of getting the Word of God into other languages, the relationship of the missionary to the various phases of the work of evangelism, church planting, partnering, and the place of development projects as an expression of missions. Biblical underpinnings are examined. 

Advanced Intercultural Communications

Theories and research relating to face-to-face communication among people from different cultural, national, ethnic, or racial backgrounds. Cultural contextualization will be examined in depth.