Intercultural Studies

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Both the marketplace and the church are increasingly globally oriented.  This program prepares students with biblical and professional training to work effectively in cross-cultural contexts within the United States and around the world. 

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Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

4 yrs


Why Study Intercultural Studies?

In addition to courses in the School of Divinity, students will take several courses in disciplines related to sociology and social work, all with the aim of making them more effective in their work in globalized environments.  Students are prepared to adjust to life and work in a different culture, to work in teams, and to live out their Christian calling in culturally appropriate ways.

Why Study Intercultural Studies at Cairn?

  • Robust foundation of Bible and theology
  • Deep training in sociology
  • Preparation for global work and ministry
  • Multi-discipline approach

Career Paths

  • Missions
  • International business
  • Cross-cultural education
  • Military service
  • Civil service
  • State Department or other agency engaged overseas

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and intelligently discuss biblical and theological doctrines and application.
  • Examine and appraise systematic and historical theology in its relationship to the church.
  • Integrate biblical and theological truth.
  • Understand the theological position of the University.
  • Skillfully communicate truth.
  • Display an awareness of impact of global cultural and ethnic differences upon intercultural life and work.
  • Recognize and foster intercultural competencies necessary to build relationships with people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Present an awareness of knowledge and skills necessary for effective life and work in a different cultural setting.
  • Articulate a mastery of key current global mission strategies, opportunities and challenges.

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Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

4 yrs

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