The applied linguistics and Bible translation concentration helps students to more effectively learn languages and address other language-related human problems in the United States and abroad, such as language teaching, literacy, social aspects of language use, and translation.
The area studies concentration provides students with personal cross-cultural experience by studying abroad for one semester in a choice one of seven approved programs offered at Biola.
The cross-cultural health care concentration enables students to understand global health needs and priorities, and to provide basic health care services and instruction in various cultural contexts.
The Islamic studies concentration examines Islamic theology and culture, Middle Eastern history and effective approaches for living and serving as a Christian within Muslim communities.
The local missions and cross-cultural ministry concentration gives students an understanding of the role of the local church in missions, how to most effective engage in short-term missions and how to minister to immigrants and international sojourners within the United States.
The missiology concentration gives students an understanding of various approaches to missions, the history of the worldwide Christian movement and the experiences, struggles and legacies of Christian missionaries.
The religious studies concentration examines world religions, new religious movements and various understandings of rituals, sacred places and supernatural activity.
The TESOL concentration prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages, whether in international settings or to immigrants, refugees and international students in North America.
The urban ministry concentration offers a study of the city as the center of religion, economics, politics and social life for all major cultures, and gives students tools to understand and address the needs of people in urban contexts.
A personalized interdisciplinary concentration may be designed by the student and the student’s advisor. Popular concentrations include: international business, teaching (elementary or secondary education), cross-cultural family studies, intercultural journalism and psychology, among others.
In today’s globalized world, the ability to understand and navigate cultural differences is an increasingly valuable skill. Biola’s intercultural studies major gives you the academic tools and training you’ll need to thrive in diverse, cross-cultural settings — whether you’re called to international development, health care, missions or any number of other careers.
In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s intercultural studies program offers several key advantages:
Throughout the intercultural studies program, you will have numerous hands-on learning opportunities to give you deeper insight into cross-cultural communication and spreading the gospel. Coursework will focus on studying people groups and cultures, understanding linguistic and cultural diversity, and developing meaningful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds. Course highlights include:
A degree in intercultural studies provides exceptional preparation for ministry and careers in all levels of news media, education, diplomacy and humanitarian organizations. You can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ through professions such as:
Biola graduates from the intercultural studies major have gone on to study at such distinguished graduate schools as:
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; and Dallas Theological Seminary.
ICS has taught me not only about cultures, but also how to love and adjust to them. It has equipped me to impact the world holistically for Christ, and how to remain faithful in every area of life and the planet.”