B. A. Intercultural Studies (Missions)

At Hope, the Intercultural Studies major prepares students to relate to people of diverse cultures, lead them to Christ, and guide them into a relevant life. This program is perfectly suited for students who plan to work in missions or cross-cultural ministry, both nationally or internationally. As diversity is standard in our society, the demand for competent cross-cultural communicators in churches, educational institutions, ministries, non-profit organizations, and businesses is standard.

The program includes a strong Biblical foundation and the curriculum provides a foundation that blends theory and experience. The B.A. in Intercultural Studies program is 126 units.


Career Opportunities

  • Relief/Aid Work
  • Mission’s Pastor
  • Pioneer Missionary
  • Bible Translator
  • Church Planter
  • Urban Ministry
  • International Developer
  • Cross-cultural Mission
  • Diplomat

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Interesting Courses

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Management of a Non-Profit Organization
  • Strategies for Urban Ministry
  • Ethnomusicology
  • World Christian Movements

Real World Opportunities

This flexible program has the added bonus of offering a field practicum that can be completed inside or outside the United States. Students have the opportunity to focus on the location and ministry type of their choice. Recent practicums have included ministering in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya for 6 months, serving in a bush hospital in Africa, working with homeless mothers and their children in Los Angeles, assisting Bible translators in South America, and many more. Students may also take advantage of select CCCU Study Abroad or domestic BestSemester opportunities to expand their crosscultural knowledge and abilities.

Hope also provides many other opportunities to serve while in school, including serving sack lunches to the homeless with your fellow classmates or traveling with a group to Mexico to build houses for the poor. The opportunity to serve in intercultural ministry is all around.


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Featured Student

Sarah Foute
Intercultural Studies Student

"This major is really helping me by giving me tools to do that work that I feel God has called me to. I want to be a missionary and reach the children who are orphaned or suffer from great diseases like HIV. I am learning so much about different cultures and the uniqueness of people…this is what I am passionate about!"

Featured Student

Hughie Hughes
Intercultural Major

"The Intercultural Studies Department here at Hope is truly amazing. They prepare you for very practical and holistic cross-cultural ministry. The professors in the department teach from years of on-the-field experience. My life has been changed through it and in return I will have the opportunity to change someone else's life."