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Intercultural Studies

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Department of Christian Ministries

Intercultural Studies

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

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

Why do intercultural studies at Northwestern?

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.

What degree concentrations are offered at Northwestern?

Students in this major are allowed to choose from the following concentrations or work with their advisor to design their own concentration.

    What will you learn?

    You will develop an international ministry mindset and establish strong written and verbal communication skills.

    Some classes include:

    • Culture, Change, and Worldview
    • World Religions
    • Intercultural Relationships
    • Biblical Theology of Mission
    • Social Justice

    Accelerated MA in Ministry Leadership

    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.

    Careers in intercultural studies

    There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in intercultural studies.

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    Nazareth Hall, N4141
    3003 Snelling Avenue North
    St. Paul, MN 55113

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