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Learn to engage and understand different cultural, ethnic, and religious groups for work and ministry, from seasoned Christian faculty who have served overseas. The intercultural studies major was designed to promote the interest and concern of all students for intercultural ministry both in North America and overseas. This degree lays the foundations for you to live and work all around the globe.
of Northwestern’s Christian Ministries graduates felt professionally prepared by their education
hours cross-cultural internship
of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare
Your vision of what God is doing in the world will expand as you learn from intercultural leaders who have spent much of their lives living and working in other countries. You will gain valuable hands-on experience doing cross-cultural work right here in the diverse communities of Minnesota and abroad.
One of the unique and distinguishing requirements of the intercultural studies degree programs is participating in the Intercultural Studies Internship (ICS). In addition, this degree includes a variety of concentrations including: Chinese Language, Cross-cultural Ministry, English Language Teaching, Global Education, Nonprofit Leadership, Social Justice, and Spanish Language. The concentration track is also flexibly designed for students hoping to double major.
If you are mission-oriented, interested in humanitarian outreach, have an international mindset, and are interested in a career working overseas or with domestic immigrants, this might be the right degree for you.
Students in this major are allowed to choose from the following concentrations or work with their advisor to design their own concentration.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of achieving intermediate proficiency in Chinese so that they can work in ministry, nonprofit, or international business contexts either domestically or internationally. Required classes include Beginning Chinese I/II and Intermediate Chinese I/II.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing for evangelism, discipleship, or church planting missionary work. Classes include Evangelism and Discipleship, Communicating the Biblical Message, Understanding Islam, Short-term Missions, Relief and Development, etc.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of learning how to teach English in ministry or nonprofit contexts either domestically or internationally. Although students do not receive licensure to teach in K-12 schools, a TESOL certificate is embedded into this program. Required courses include Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Structure of English Grammar, and Theory of Second Language Acquisition.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of learning the educational skills necessary to lead and teach in community education and international education contexts. Although students do not receive licensure to teach in K-12 schools, they may be able to achieve ACSI Certification. Classes include Educational Foundations, Instructional Foundations, Educating Diverse Learners, Instructional Technology I, and Child Development.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of gaining essential skills in relational leadership, managerial leadership, and missional leadership so that they can work in either local church or nonprofit contexts. Classes include Leadership in Ministry, Management, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Marketing.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing them with theological and practical understandings to help them act mercifully and love justly in a broken world. Required classes include Theology for Social Engagement, Social Justice, Race and Ethnicity in America, and Urban Intercultural Studies.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of achieving intermediate proficiency in Spanish so that they can work in ministry, nonprofit, or international business contexts either domestically or internationally. Classes include Beginning Spanish I/II and Intermediate Spanish I/II, and Spanish Grammar.
You will develop an international ministry mindset and establish strong written and verbal communication skills.
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Students may apply through the Ministry department to combine an undergraduate degree in Intercultural Studies with an accelerated Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. Intercultural Studies majors complete up to 14 credits of the MA degree during their undergraduate program and the remaining 22 credits during a fifth year of study. The fifth year can be completed on site or through online learning. This pathway saves students time and tuition expense as they add a graduate degree to their portfolio.
Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.