Bachelor of Intercultural Studies

Whether you sense God calling you to missions or are passionate about reaching people in other cultural contexts at home or abroad, our Bachelor of Intercultural Studies (BIS) degree is for you. Come to see the world through God’s eyes as you are equipped for Spirit-led intercultural engagement and ministry. You will gain a biblical foundation along with practical skills needed to accomplish God’s great purpose for you in the world, wherever that may be, through our BIS degree.

Program Objectives

This degree seeks to:

  • Provide a biblically and theologically sound, Spirit-empowered missiology as a basis for intercultural engagement and ministry;
  • Equip students holistically for faithful, Spirit-led intercultural engagement and ministry; and
  • Offer practical, hands-on learning opportunities that enhance a student’s intercultural awareness and ministry effectiveness.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to achieving success with the Undergraduate Core Curriculum Requirements learning outcomes, upon completing this degree, students will be able to:

  • Articulate a biblically and theologically sound, Spirit-empowered missiology as a basis for intercultural engagement and ministry;
  • Develop and implement a contextualized missional strategy that is applicable to intercultural engagement and ministry;
  • Live out their calling as a contributing member of a Spirit-led missionary community in intercultural contexts;
  • Understand and articulate concepts and principles of spiritual maturation and a healthy personal and family life conducive to intercultural engagement and ministry;
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in the process of engaging people of other cultures with an authentic expression of the Gospel in fulfillment of the Great Commission; and
  • Integrate missional, linguistic, and cultural learning principles with real world experience in intercultural engagement and ministry.
Curriculum
Total Hours 124
  • 15
  • 38
  • 60
  • 5
  • 6
  • Christian Foundations 15 Hours
    • BIBM 1301 Spirit Formed Life 3
    • BIBH 1301 Pentecostal Charismatic Movements 3
    • BIBL 1300 Introduction to Bible 3
    • BIBT 1304 Christian Worldview 3
    • BIBL 2302 Life of Jesus 3
  • General Education 38 Hours
    • UNIV 1101 Student Success Strategies 1
    • ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
    • ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
    • COMS 2303 Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication 3
    • History Elective 3
    • Math Elective 3
    • Behavioral Science Elective 3
    • Humanities Elective 3
    • Humanities Elective 3
    • Science Elective 4
    • BIBM 3302 Leadership Development 3
    • PHIL 2301 Christian Ethics 3
    • PHIL 3305 Philosophy and Christian Thought 3
  • Major 60 Hours
    • BIBL 1301 Old Testament Studies 3
    • BIBL 1302 New Testament Studies 3
    • BIBM 1302 Spirit Formed Ministry 3
    • BIBL 2301 Biblical Background and Interpretation 3
    • BIBM 2303 Sermon Preparation
    • -OR- 3
    • BIBM 3306 Teaching to Transform Lives
    • BIBM 3303 Ministry and Administrative Skills 3
    • APOL 3301 Cultural Apologetics 3
    • BIBT 2301 Christian Doctrine I 3
    • BIBT 2302 Christian Doctrine II 3
    • BIBT 2303 To the Jew First 3
    • BMIS 1301 Introduction to Missions 3
    • BMIS 1302 Intercultural Engagement and Ministry 3
    • BMIS 2302 Anthropology for Intercultural Witness 3
    • BMIS 3302 Intercultural Communication 3
    • BMIS 3303 Biblical Theology of Missions 3
    • BMIS 3304 World Religions 3
    • BMIS 4303 Creative Access in Missions 3
    • BMIS 4304 Effective Missions Strategies 3
    • BIBM 4302 Senior Capstone Project 3
    • BIBM 4303 Senior Internship 3
  • Experiential Learning 5 Hours
    • BIBM 2101 Practicum Prep 1
    • BIBM 3201 Junior Ministry Practicum 2
    • BIBM 3201 Junior Ministry Practicum 2
  • Electives 6 Hours
    • Open Electives (from any discipline) 6