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Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

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Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

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Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

The Intercultural Studies major prepares students to effectively live, interact, and communicate the Gospel of Christ in a multicultural environment.

The program has three cores of emphasis: biblical and theological, intercultural skills and knowledge, and an international or domestic intercultural concentration.

  • Students who wish to follow a traditional broad-based missions track for overseas missions without a specific regional focus will be well-served by the International concentration.
  • Students wishing to prepare for intercultural and/or non-profit ministry in the United States should choose the US concentration.

The Intercultural Studies major integrates classroom learning and theory with field experience. Students spend an extended period of time in the region or ministry context of their concentration learning language, studying the culture, art, government, history, and economics of the area as well as learning to communicate the Gospel in a diverse cultural setting. This program exceeds educational requirements for Assemblies of God ministry credentials.

Admission requirements

The following information is specific to the traditional undergraduate programs of the University. Admissions to the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Oregon extension, Online Programs, or Graduate Programs are detailed in their respective section of this catalog or student handbooks.

International Students

International applicants must complete the same admissions process as other freshman or transfer students.

English Testing Requirement

Citizens of approved countries with English as an official language and/or the language of academic instruction are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS. A current list of approved countries is maintained by the Center for English Language Education.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Core Curriculum Requirements

Bible and Theology

  • The Christian Scriptures
  • Work of God, Work of Humanity
  • How to read the Bible
  • Foundations of Christian Faith

Written and Verbal Communications

  • Composition I: Expository Writing
  • Composition II: Rhetoric and Research Writing
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication


  • Any literature course 3 credits
  • Any history course 3 credits
  • 3 credits from: Art, Bible, Drama, English, History, Language, Music or Theology

Social Sciences

  • Minimum 2 courses from the following:
    • Business Administration, Communication, Economics, Education, Geography, Health & Fitness, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, or User Experience Design

Science and Mathematics

  • College-level Mathematics
  • Science course with Lab

Formation and Calling

  • Life Calling
  • Gospel and Culture

Professional Readiness

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives

Select any college-level courses

Intercultural Studies:

  • Evangelism, Outreach, and Mission
  • History of Christian Missions
  • International Development in Missions
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Integrative Seminar in Intercultural Studies

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Total Tuition fee : $33,500


Credits: 125 semester

Academic Award: Bachelor of Arts

Graduates with a degree in Intercultural Studies will be able to:

  1. Apply a contextualized authentic gospel with cultural sensitivity.
  2. Articulate a biblical theology of mission.   
  3. Practice cross-cultural competency in an applied setting.
  4. Develop a culturally sensitive model for holistic cross-cultural ministry.
  5. Integrate theology, the social sciences, and mission practice. 

Career paths

A degree from NU can help you launch your career immediately after graduation. Some of the fields that a degree in Intercultural Studies can open up for you include:

  • Humanitarian / Relief Work
  • Urban Ministries
  • Missionary Service
  • Teaching

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Northwest University

Northwest University was founded on October 1, 1934. We are a Christian co-educational institution accredited at the highest institutional level nationally and regionally. We awards associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 70 programs. Northwest University is a Christian...

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Why study at Northwest University

  • Over 70 programs: NU gives students of all callings the opportunity to discover and cultivate their gifts, offering over 70 majors and programs to choose from.
  • Small Class Size: At NU, the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1, allowing for the kind of personalized education you may not find elsewhere.
  • Location: NU’s campus is located nearby the corporate headquarters of companies like Microsoft, Expedia, Amazon, and Costco, as well as many innovative tech startup. This close proximity contributes to a robust job economy for NU graduates, as well as rich internship opportunities.
  • Internships: Internships are the best way for students to gain real-world experience. That’s why over 70% of students hold internships at NU. Often, this leads to full-time job offers from some of the best companies in the area.

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5520 108th Ave NE
98003 Kirkland Washington
United States of America

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