The general intercultural studies track allows you to create an emphasis for a particular career field by selecting from a wide range of electives in the following areas: applied linguistics and Bible translation; church planting; cross-cultural health care; cultural anthropology; international development; Islamic studies; local missions and cross-cultural ministry; missiology; pioneer missions; religious studies; TESOL; urban ministry.
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.