Intercultural Studies

PREPARING TO SERVE IN A DIVERSE WORLD

Technological advances are shrinking our world. People and cultures that were once widely separated by geography are now in direct communication and only minutes or hours apart, making the world a more complex and challenging place to live, work, and minister. How well prepared are you?

Indiana Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Science with a major in Intercultural Studies degree will equip you for cross-cultural life, work, and service in an increasingly diverse and culturally enriched world. This is an essential major if you feel called to intercultural church-based Christian service, whether at home or abroad. It is also a strategic choice for anyone considering ministry or a career in foreign service or culturally diverse areas.

As a second major, an Intercultural Studies degree will provide you with vital "passport skills" for traveling to or living in another country and give you a competitive edge in seeking employment in businesses, nonprofit organizations, ministries, and government agencies serving culturally diverse communities. Students may also choose to earn an Associate of Science degree for quick entry into the workforce and a foundation for further education.

If you're ready for an exciting time of learning, stretching, and conviction by the Holy Spirit, then we invite you to major in Intercultural Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Intercultural Studies Minor

The minor in Intercultural Studies is for students planning full-time or short-term missionary service, or for anyone interested in a career or ministry serving in another culture. Students from any of IWU's other majors are welcome, but particularly those who are preparing for intercultural church-based Christian service.

Latin American and Iberian Studies Minor

The minor in Latin American and Iberian Studies is designed to complement the student's primary major and can be tailored to deepen his or her specific cultural knowledge and language skills as a preparation for graduate study or for a career in an increasingly diverse workplace. Students have the opportunity to integrate traditional coursework with internships and/or study abroad experiences in order to apply and appreciate the relevance of course material to their career and the world around them.

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Courses

One of the best ways to discover a degree program is to check out the course listings. By simply clicking on the course titles below, you can get a preview of the classes you will attend as a student at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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ENG-170,INT-220,INT-322,INT-402,INT-480,PHL-438,PHL-334,SOC-225,BIL-202,REL-275,REL-275P,THE-232

Students choose between either PHL-438 or PHL-334. Students will also need to choose 3 credit hours of either a Theology Advanced elective or an Old Testament or New Testament elective.


Students should choose one of the following areas of specialization:

MISSIOLOGY

INT-122,INT-222,INT-315,INT-380,REL-112

CHURCH PLANTING AND OUTREACH

INT-315,REL-226,REL-228,REL-481

INTERNATIONAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

ICD-229,ICD-210,ICD-325

URBAN MINISTRY

INT-240,ICD-229,ICD-260

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

INT-315,INT-410,INT-225,PHL-438,PHL-334

Students choose between either PHL-438 or PHL-334.

HEALTH CARE

ICD-325,NUR-215,NUR-235,NUR-237,NUR-315

TESOL
(TEACHERS OF ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES)

TSL-203,TSL-305,TSL-350,EDU-382TE

LEADERSHIP

LDR-200,LDR-350,LDR-400

Students will need to take 3 credit hours of additional LDR courses at the 300- or 400-level.


BUSINESS

BUS-100,MNG-210,MKG-210,FIN-250

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

If high school work is used to satisfy the proficiency requirement, students may take an additional four semester of college-level language to fulfill this concentration.

INTERDISCIPLINARY

11 - 12 upper division credit hours are to be chosen from outside the major in a discipline that supports the student’s career objectives. Pre-approval is needed by the student’s advisor.

Cross-Cultural Exposure Trip: All students are also required to participate in a cross-cultural exposure trip, subject to prior approval by department faculty.

Intercultural Studies Minor

INT-220,INT-322,INT-402,SOC-225,ENG-170,PHL-438,PHL-334

Students choose from either PHL-438 or PHL-334.

LATIN AMERICAN AND IBERIAN STUDIES MINOR

INT-220,HST-230,HST-231

Students also choose a Social Science elective (ECO, HST, INR, or POL), and a Spanish course (except SPA-360) to fulfill or add to intermediate-level fluency. Prior approval of the department chair is needed for required International/Cross-Cultural Experience; if a course is taken and it qualifies, it may be counted as either core units or elective units.
Six credit hours of electives must be selected from the following list, with at least one at the 300 level or above. A Spanish course may also be taken, with the exception of SPA-360. Transfer credit for study abroad may also be accepted:

ENG-170,ICD-210,POL-232,INT-315,ECO-340,HST-355,ICD-360,ECO-454

Faculty

The Intercultural Studies major in the School of Theology and Ministry at IWU is designed to give students real-life experience working in a cross-cultural setting. The faculty consists of highly trained professionals, each with many years of cross-cultural experience. Students have direct access to the faculty and are encouraged to work closely with them on academic studies, research projects, and mission trips.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about that person.

Rev Jolly Beyioku; MUP, PhD Assoc Prof; International & Comm Dev jolly.beyioku@indwes.edu View Profile
Joy Kooi-Chin Tong; MDiv MA PhD joytkc@gmail.com View Profile
Rev Norman G Wilson; MDiv, STM, PhD Prof. Intercultural Studies | Coordinator; Intercultural Studies norman.wilson@indwes.edu View Profile
 
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