Intercultural Studies Minor

The Intercultural Studies minor is designed to meet some of the educational requirements for missionary candidates. It is also designed for lay persons who want to know more about world missions so they can better support and promote the cause.

Required Courses:

  • Cont Iss, Meth & Strat of Missions (MISS 3613) - 3 hrs*
  • Discipler’s Formation (CMIN 1212) - 2 hrs*
  • History of Missions (MISS 3723) - 3 hrs*
  • Missions and Culture (MISS 3123) - 3 hrs*
  • Missions Reading (MISS 4001) - 1 hr*

Choose one of the following:

  • 3 hrs* Comparative Religions I (RELG 3113) - 3 hrs* 
  • Comparative Religions II (RELG 3213) - 3 hrs* 

Choose one:

  • Global Ministry (MISS 3223) - 3 hrs* 
  • Persp on World Christian Movement (MISS 3113) - 3 hrs* 

Course Descriptions:


CMIN 1000, 1010, 2000, 2020 DISCIPLER'S FORMATION SERIES
0 hours
This Series of courses is a requirement for all students seeking a BA in any ministry discipline (i.e., Christian Education, Church Music, Missions, Pastoral Ministry, Theology, Youth Ministry). Through instruction and guidance by designated spiritual coaches, students are assisted in character and spiritual development. The series includes focus on spiritual disciplines, spiritual gifts, character, lifestyle, discernment, and other topics related to the formation of the Christian minister.

MISS 3113 PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT 3 hours
This is a comprehensive study of missions from four perspectives: Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic. It provides students of all Christian ministry degree programs the opportunity to intensely study and understand the global mission of God and their responsibilities in it.

MISS 3122 HISTORY OF MISSIONS 2 hours
This course is a complement to the study of church history. Its focus is on the development of missionary activity, people, practices, problems, and progression from the apostolic age to the present day. Crosslisted as HIST 3122.

MISS 3123 MISSIONS AND CULTURE 3 hours
This is a study of the nature of missions as it relates to the purpose, function, and patterns of man in culture. It is designed to give students an orientation toward peoples and cultures of other lands for the sake of imparting the Christian witness in indigenous rather than western forms. The course should be equally helpful for other church workers and laypersons to better understand and minister to people of various subcultures in American society.

MISS 3223 WORLD MISSIONS 3 hours
This is an in-depth study of world missions. It includes extensive study of God's global mission for all peoples and the geographical dimensions of this mission.

MISS 3613 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, METHODS, AND STRATEGIES OF MISSIONS 3 hours
This study deals with critical issues that confront Christians in intercultural ministries today. It includes study of mission methods and strategies for effective ministries in contemporary settings.

MISS 4001 MISSIONS READING 1 hour
This course is a contracted independent reading program under faculty direction for the purpose of completing the student's undergraduate preparation for missionary work. Study will include major reading assignments and written reports.

RELG 3113 COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS I: NON-CHRISTIAN AMERICAN RELIGIONS 3 hours
The beliefs and practices of some of the fringe groups of the Christian religion such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, New Age, the Occult, Unification Church, and others are examined. Discussion, lecture, and a project in which the student makes an extensive study of one of these groups will be the methods employed.

RELG 3213 COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS II: WORLD RELIGIONS 3 hours
This course is designed especially to acquaint students with the major religions of the world. The study includes Buddhism, Hinduism, Animism, Islam, Romanism, Bahaism, and others.