Intercultural Studies (BS)

Intercultural Studies is a four-year program designed to provide graduates with a thorough understanding of the Bible and equip them for effective cross-cultural ministry.

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Majors: Intercultural Studies, Bible/Theology
Program Director: Joel A. Hernandez

Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible/Theology major outcomes, the student will be equipped in:

  1. Cross-cultural Adjustment: Students will demonstrate the ability to adjust successfully to a foreign culture by: overcoming culture shock, making measurable progress in language-learning, bonding with foreign nationals, and adjusting to life and ministry abroad.
  2. Cross-cultural Communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the Gospel cross-culturally by: understanding cultural and religious contexts, performing ethnographic cultural research, synthesizing ethnographic research into a worldview, evangelizing and discipling cross-culturally, and producing a contextualized Gospel message.
  3. Cross-cultural Leadership: Students will demonstrate the ability to lead cross-culturally by: applying New Testament Church principles to Christian communities, evaluating controversial missiological issues and formulating their personal stance, demonstrating servant leadership and solving problems inherent in cross-cultural situations.

Program Admission

  1. Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Declare intent to pursue a major in Intercultural Studies.
  3. At the beginning of the sophomore year, apply for entrance into the Intercultural Studies program.
  4. During the spring semester of the sophomore year, make application for the Intercultural Studies internship program.
  5. Pay all applicable fees for this major as determined by the Business office and published in the annual statement of fees.

Program Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 60 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
    • Bible/Theology (39 credits)
      • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
      • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
      • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
      • Christian Life and Worldview (BT 111)
      • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
      • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
      • Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
      • Theology: God, Creation, and Sin (BT 221)
      • Theology: Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (BT 321)
      • Theology: The Church and Final Things (BT 331)
      • Apologetics (BT 350)
      • Biblical Theology Elective
      • Bible Book Study Elective
      • Chapel (CCS 110)
    • Educational Ministries (3 credits)
      • Teaching Bible* (EM 321) or Homiletics 1* (BT 322)
    • Intercultural Studies (42 credits)
      • Missions and Evangelism 1* (ICS 104)
      • History of Missions (ICS 106)
      • Missions and Evangelism 2 (ICS 214)
      • Cross-Cultural Adjustment (ICS 212)
      • Church Planting and Growth (ICS 310)
      • Urban Ministries (ICS 361)
      • Cross-Cultural Internship (ICS 422)
      • Cross-Cultural Leadership (ICS 441)
      • Issues in Missions (ICS 451)
      • Context Studies Elective
      • ICS Elective
    • General Studies (36 credits)
      • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
      • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
      • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
      • English Composition (ENG 101)
      • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
      • Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
      • Senior Seminar (FND 410)
      • Western Civilization (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 (HIS 235)
      • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
      • World Religions (REL 308)
      • Introduction to Human Biology and Lab (SCI 241/242 or Introduction to Earth Science and Lab (SCI 230/231)
      • Cultural Anthropology (SOC 314)
      • Cross-Cultural Communication (ICS 330)
      • General Studies Elective

*meets Bible-Related requirement

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