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Understand different cultural, ethnic, and religious groups for work and ministry. Learn 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.
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 distinguishing requirements of the program is participating in the Intercultural Studies Internship (ICS). This degree also 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 designed for students hoping to double major.
Intercultural Studies majors can choose from the following concentrations or work with their advisor to design their own concentration.
Students will achieve intermediate proficiency in Chinese so 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 will be prepared for evangelism, discipleship, and church planting missionary work. Classes include Evangelism and Discipleship, Communicating the Biblical Message, Understanding Islam, Short-term Missions, and Relief and Development.
Students will learn 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 will learn the educational skills necessary to lead and teach in community education and international education settings. 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 will gain essential skills in relational leadership, managerial leadership, and missional leadership to work a local church or nonprofit organization. Classes include Leadership in Ministry, Management, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Marketing.
Students will be prepared with the 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 will achieve intermediate proficiency in Spanish so they can work in ministry, nonprofit, or international business contexts either domestically or internationally. Classes include Beginning Spanish I/II, Intermediate Spanish I/II, and Spanish Grammar.
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.
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
You will develop an international ministry mindset and establish strong written and verbal communication skills.
Learning to see through a multicultural lens is not something that happens overnight. I have been pushed and stretched to see things in new ways and I am so thankful for that! Not only have I been culturally stretched, but I have grown so much in my spiritual life from the encouragement of my professors and peers. I am a much more well rounded Christian and ready to apply what I have learned in the field since attending Northwestern.
The experience I will remember for the rest of my life is traveling over seas for almost three months. Right before Covid hit I had the opportunity to travel to Asia for just under three months. We got to go to Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan. During this time I met some of my life long friends, solidified my want to work with youth experiencing struggles, and truly saw how God is at work in so many people’s lives.