Are you interested in serving in cross-cultural ministry abroad or in the U.S.? SBU's unique intercultural studies degree will equip you with both academic training and practical experience needed for long-term service in a cross-cultural setting.
SBU was a pioneer in offering an intercultural studies program with a six-month semester abroad experience as a degree requirement component. You will work under the direction of an expert in cross-cultural ministry, gaining experience in ministry, language acquisition, and cultural acclimation.
You will also complete a minor (or second major) in a subject area of your choice as part of your degree to equip you with a marketable skill needed when entering a restricted country or when pursuing bivocational ministry. Options include: business management, computer science, education, English as a second language, health care, sports management, social work or another subject of your choice.
Making disciples and serving others among the nations is an expression of faith in Jesus Christ. The Intercultural Studies program equips you to fulfill the Great Commission - Jesus's command to make disciples among the nations.
Coursework requirements ensure you receive in-depth Biblical studies training with classes such as Methods of Biblical Interpretation, Christian Doctrine and History of Christianity.
Through SBU's Center for Global Connections (CGC), you are encouraged to participate in the Great Commission even before entering the long-term mission field. The CGC offers more than 25 projects each year in our local community, the United States and around the world.
Our graduates have gone on to serve in long-term ministry with organizations such as:
Other career opportunities include:
Many of our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at institutions such as:
The ICS degree requires students to spend six months living overseas, studying language and culture. That overseas experience, along with the preparatory cultural coursework and assignments, prepared me for real-world scenarios in cross-cultural ministry and laid the foundation for where I am today.
As an intercultural studies student, you will be eligible for the Church Related Vocation (CRV) scholarship which is currently valued at $2,000 per year. To maintain this scholarship, you must be enrolled in a ministry-related degree program, submit the necessary application and references, participate in SBU's in-service training program and complete any other requirements.
Several privately funded scholarships are also available by application to students preparing for service in missions and evangelism.
|BIB 1013||Old Testament History||3|
|ENG 1113||English Composition I||3|
|POL 1113||American Government and Politics||3|
|MAT 1143||College Algebra||3|
|PSY 1013||General Psychology (or alternative)||3|
|UNI 1111||University Seminar||1|
|BIB 1023||New Testament History||3|
|SPF 2012||Spiritual Formation||2|
|ENG 2213||English Composition II||3|
|BIO 1004||Principles of Biology||4|
|CIS 1103||Computer and Information Management||3|
|UNI 1121||Introduction to Critical Thinking||1|
|ICS 2013||Cultural and Global Awareness||3|
|BIB 2093||Methods of Biblical Interpretation||3|
|HIS 2213/2223||U.S. History I or II||3|
|ECO 2003||LIFE Economics||3|
|PHI 2013||Philosophical Foundations for a Christian
|KIN 1162||Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness||2|
|ICS 3033||World Christian Foundations||3|
|PHS 1004||Introduction to Physical Science or|
|PHS 1114||Introduction to Earth Science||4|
|COM 1103||Fundamentals of Speech Communication||3|
|ICS 2911||Cross-Cultural Service Project||1|
|ICS 3043||Spiritual Prep for Cross-Cultural Service||3|
|BIB 3043, 3053, 3063 or 4023||3|
|THE 3113||Christian Doctrine (recommended) or|
|THE 3463/3673||History of Christianity I or II||3|
|ICS 3053||Survival Abroad||3|
|ICS 3073||Storying and Discipling Cross-Culturally or|
|ICS 4023||Indigenous Christian Community||3|
|ICS 4313||World Religions||3|
|Elective (ICS, BIB, THE or CHR 3003)||3|
SEMESTER ABROAD (USUALLY JUNE-DECEMBER)
|ICS 2118||Barefoot Language Learning||8|
|ICS 2911||Cross-Cultural Service Project||1|
|ICS 4982||Apprenticeship Practicum||2|
|ICS 4082||Ethnography and Strategy||2|
|BIB 4063||Intercultural Theologizing||3|
|ICS 4121||International Market Skills||1|
1. THE 3023 Baptist Denomination is required if receiving CRV Scholarship but does not qualify as Theology elective.
2. Of the 128 credits required for SBU graduation, 40 of these credits must be 3000 and 4000 level courses. Depending on how many upper-level credits are in one’s Market Skill, the ICS student may or may not need to take upper-level electives.
This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.
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Intercultural Studies Plan