Intercultural Studies

The School of Intercultural Studies strives to enable students to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the theological, historical, sociological, anthropological and linguistic issues of the crosscultural communication of the gospel through a broad range of professions and vocations.

What will I study?

The Intercultural Studies major enables graduates to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the theological, historical, sociological, anthropological and linguistic issues involved in cross-cultural communication of the gospel in a variety of ministries and secular fields. This includes mandatory "hands on" internships and classes giving students deeper insight into intercultural communication. Emphasis is given to studying people groups and culture, understanding linguistic and cultural diversity, and relating meaningfully to people with different cultural backgrounds.

Concentrations

  • Intercultural Studies [Degree Requirement Sheets]
  • Interdisciplinary [Degree Requirement Sheets]
    • Anthropology
    • Anthropology
    • Applied Linguistics
    • Area Studies
    • Church Planting
    • Cross-cultural Healthcare
    • Global Stewardship Program
    • International Development
    • Religious Studies
    • TESOL
    • Theory of Mission

Admissions Requirements

There are no special admission requirements for the Intercultural major.

Interesting classes I might take

  • Village and Tribal Cultures
  • Folk Islam
  • Theology of Mission
  • Urban Research and Ministry

What can I do with a degree in Intercultural Studies?

  • Missionary
  • International Developer
  • Ethnic and Urban Ministry Director
  • Bible Translator
  • Diplomat

Why choose Intercultural Studies at Biola?

With an emphasis on cutting-edge methodology and the knowledge gained from over ninety years of missionary enterprise, the School of Intercultural Studies is a great place to prepare for a crosscultural lifestyle.

All Intercultural Studies majors are required to do a summer cross-cultural internship. Student will enroll in a "Field Internship" course the semesters before and after the internship. This is especially important for transfer students to note.

Students will learn from professors who, in addition to authoring books about missions and crosscultural living, have personally and sacrificially lived out their spiritual commitment. Mentors guide students throughout their academic development, providing opportunities for hands-on experience.

What are BU Intercultural Studies graduates doing now?

Biola graduates from the Intercultural Studies major have gone on to study at the following graduate schools:

Stanford University, Yale University, Vanderbilt University, University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, University of California Davis, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Denver, University of Washington, Wheaton College, Fuller Seminary, Talbot School of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary

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