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Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ph.D. degree in the Cook School of Intercultural Studies (CSICS) is to equip scholars to be competent in research, writing and reflective action from a holistically integrated Christian worldview in order to contribute to new understandings of cross-cultural and multicultural issues. The program prepares graduates for roles in higher education, cross-cultural leadership and intercultural praxis.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies, students will be able to:


Demonstrate a mastery of relevant theories in intercultural studies and related disciplines associated with one's research area and/or ministry context.


Engage in and publish independent research in intercultural studies.


Generate new understandings and explanations (e.g., theoretical constructs) and apply them in culturally appropriate ways to the improvement of vocational outcomes in diverse contexts.


Discuss and analyze the integration of one's faith commitments, and theological understandings, within the discipline of intercultural studies.


Exemplify rigorous scholarship accompanied by Christ-honoring professionalism in all scholarly activities.


Curriculum Map

A Curriculum Map shows which courses in a degree program are responsible to intentionally develop each PLO at the Introductory, Developing, and Mastery levels.

Assessment Plan

An Assessment Plan is a listing of the student work that will be used to assess achievement of each learning outcome.

Assessment Schedule

An Assessment Schedule is a 5-year schedule that indicates when each of the PLOs will be assessed and when the comprehensive Program Review will occur.

Annual PLO Assessment Reports

The Annual Reports from each year’s PLO assessment.

Program Review Executive Summary

The Executive Summary report from the most recent comprehensive Program Review.