Intercultural Studies

Cross-Cultural Impact

Whether it was meeting someone who inspired you with what God can do when you trust in Him or taking a trip that opened your eyes to the rich diversity of people and cultures around the world, you discovered your love for people of other cultures and your desire to see them come to know Christ. If you know that God is calling you to be a missionary or have interest in serving others at home or abroad, the ICS program will prepare you to become the means of transformation wherever God plants you. We do this by concentrating on three core skills: (1) Adapting successfully to cross-cultural life and ministry (2) Breaking cultural barriers to communicate effectively (3) Leading across cultures for lasting and meaningful impact.

Why Emmaus?

Our Intercultural Studies program includes cross-cultural and international service opportunities. Our Summex Teams travel to international destinations to experience and learn from what God is doing around the globe. ICS includes a semester-long internship overseas where you will serve with the guidance of an experienced missionary. Your preparation will include Emmaus’ signature biblical, theological and ministry foundation. You will be mentored by experienced missionaries who are passionate about inspiring the next generation of mission leaders.

The mission of the Emmaus Intercultural Studies department is to equip students to become agents of cross-cultural worldview transformation.

Intercultural Studies Graduates

students in class at Emmaus Bible College

Featured Intercultural Studies Courses

Cultural Anthropology
This course helps you understand foundational questions of cultural anthropology. How do humans organize their social life? What is their conception of reality? How can an outsider decode their deep assumptions about life? Special attention is given to how the Bible addresses cultural anthropology, and what it takes to effect change. Practical assignments will help you understand the many, patterned, and hidden ways in which people organize their culture.

Issues in Missions
In this course we study and debate most controversial issues in missions today. The issues are explored through readings in academic missiological journals, and discussed in a highly interactive, student-led seminar format. This course will have a profound effect on your critical-thinking skills: you will learn how to summarize your own views and articulate the opposing views, and you will sharpen your ability to defend your viewpoint biblically and logically. The course is the capstone course for ICS majors.

Explore the Intercultural Studies Programs

Loan Repayment Assistance Plan

With the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) you can follow your passion to serve the Lord without stressing about post-college debt. The LRAP is a financial safety-net, offered to students in all of our ministry related programs* at no cost to you or your family. For more information on the LRAP contact an admissions counselor at or visit

Your Future

The ICS major will prepare you to become the means of transformation wherever God plants you. Our graduates are scattered around the world, serving in a variety of contexts:

  • Traditional missions
  • Chaplaincy
  • Children's ministry
  • Church planting
  • Teaching English abroad
  • Foreign service
  • US Peace Corps
  • Relief work
  • NGO work

What's Next?

Educating and equipping learners to impact the world for Christ.

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