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Bachelor's in Global Ministries

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) proudly offers a Bachelor of Arts in Global Ministries, a program offered by IWU Marion tailored for individuals inspired to engage in cross-cultural ministry both locally and internationally. In a world increasingly connected by technological advances, the barriers of distance and time are rapidly diminishing, bringing people and cultures closer than ever before. This newfound proximity presents a complex set of challenges and opportunities for ministry in diverse cultural contexts. IWU's Global Ministries program is meticulously designed to equip students with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to thrive in this global landscape.

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) proudly offers a Bachelor of Arts in Global Ministries, a program offered by IWU Marion tailored for individuals inspired to engage in cross-cultural ministry both locally and internationally. In a world increasingly connected by technological advances, the barriers of distance and time are rapidly diminishing, bringing people and cultures closer than ever before. This newfound proximity presents a complex set of challenges and opportunities for ministry in diverse cultural contexts. IWU's Global Ministries program is meticulously designed to equip students with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to thrive in this global landscape.

What Will I Learn in this Global Ministries Program?

Students will emerge with a profound understanding of diverse theological perspectives and the complexities of global cultures. The program emphasizes the development of practical skills for effective communication and ministry in various cultural settings, encouraging a compassionate and empathetic approach to global ministries. Additionally, the curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking and analytical skills, enabling graduates to navigate the challenges of global outreach with confidence and creativity.

For those seeking to further specialize, IWU also offers a minor in Global Ministries, comprising 21 credit hours of courses tailored for students planning to engage in intentional cross-cultural ministry. This minor is an excellent complement to any of IWU's majors, especially for those preparing for cross-cultural church-based Christian ministry. Furthermore, students aspiring to ordination within the Wesleyan Church or other denominations may pair this major with the Pastoral Ministries double major, paving the way for a fulfilling career in ministry.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Global Outreach Program

Coursework for your Bachelor of Arts in Global Ministries covers:

  • A comprehensive understanding of language, political and cultural geography, and religions of the world through the Global Studies Core, preparing students for effective communication and understanding in diverse cultural contexts
  • Practical ministry skills with a focus on evangelism, discipleship, and the theological underpinnings of ministry work through the Ministry Core, tailored for those seeking to engage in meaningful cross-cultural ministry
  • Knowledge in Missiology with an emphasis on ministry in context, biblical theology of missions, and cultural anthropology, equipping students to navigate and contribute to global Christianity effectively
  • The opportunity to specialize further by earning a certificate, minor, or major in disciplines such as Business Administration, Christian Education, or TESOL, enhancing their ability to lead transformational global ministries in varied professional settings

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After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Counselors
  • Clergy
  • Director, Religious Activities and Education
  • Religious Workers, All Other
  • Philosophy and Religion Teachers
  • Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
  • Adult Basic and Secondary Education Instructors
  • Secondary School Teachers


Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Students in these majors meet the general education competencies by taking the approved standard courses or meeting competencies except as otherwise noted.

Admission to Professional Majors

Admission to the majors within the Division of Practical Theology may require a formal screening process separate from the initial declaration of intent. The process includes the successful completion of the prescribed courses designated by each major. Students need to have a GPA of 2.25 cumulative and 2.5 in the coursework required for the major. Students must also file application forms including a written essay and references. In some cases a personal interview with school faculty may also be required. Enrollment in some advanced courses in the division is restricted to those admitted to these majors. A student needs to start the application to the major process by the end of their sophomore year (60 credit hours) and after the successful completion of the designated courses in his or her respective majors. Delay on this process will prohibit students from enrolling in advanced courses in their professional major.

Continuation in Professional Majors

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.25 GPA and a 2.50 academic GPA in coursework required for the major. Failure to do so may necessitate repeating courses or withdrawal from the major. The School of Theology and Ministry faculty reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student who in its judgment fails to satisfy the standards of Christian character, moral integrity, and social fitness required for a professional minister.

Wesleyan Students

Students anticipating future service in The Wesleyan Church should include Wesleyan Church History/Discipline (REL-431) among their elective courses. The Christian Ministries and Pastoral Ministries majors are specifically designed to meet all the academic requirements for ordination in The Wesleyan Church. Any deviation from the course requirements should be approved in writing by both the Dean and the Executive Director of Education and Clergy Development for The Wesleyan Church. Students who are members of The Wesleyan Church should be in contact with their District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) prior to applying for admission to the professional majors.

 

  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements
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Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

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