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Discover: Certificate in Intercultural Studies

Course Overview

Discover: Certificate in Intercultural Studies

One Year Program (30 Credits)
As a student in this one-year program, you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experiences that will lay a foundation for future missions and international career opportunities.

Courses revolve around:

  • Biblical literacy
  • Addressing poverty today
  • Cross-cultural preparation
  • Compassion Ministry
  • Church Planting
  • Evangelism

We offer this program in partnership with organizations that are committed to addressing global needs around the world. As a requirement of this program, students will have 5-6 weeks of first-hand intercultural experience in South Africa and Mozambique. This program is also offered as a 2 year diploma that includes our GlobeTREK internship.

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Discover: In Depth

During the campus-based portion of the program, students will benefit from visiting cross-cultural ministries and exploring various people-groups that are in Calgary and the surrounding region.

This unique first-year program will combine Bible training, discipleship, international travel and cross-cultural immersion to enlarge your worldview and show you first-hand what is happening in global missions today.

Program Objectives

Bible and Ministry Training Objectives

  • Gain understanding of both the Old and New Testaments, knowledge of major Christian doctrines and application of Theology. Understand the biblical basis for mission efforts and your role in the global church.

Discipleship Objectives

  • Discover how to grow in faith by learning from one another including fellow students, communities of believers and church leaders.
  • Recognize how God is working in the midst of difficult situations and how the North American church can follow and support national efforts

Cross Cultural Objectives

  • Gain experience in intercultural work and ministry while working alongside educators, missionaries, leaders and pastors.
  • Understand how major issues such as poverty, community development, evangelism and health care are being addressed in difficult situations.
  • Increase cultural competence and sensitivity as you study the anthropology, communication, tradition, and social systems of other cultures and face the challenges of ethnocentrism, culture shock and cultural stress.
  • Explore God’s diverse creation through touring cultural sites, national parks and other points of interest.

Program Partners

Partnerships for 2014-2015 are PALM Ministry Association (Edmonton), SAM Ministries and Poverty Revolution (Food for the Hungry).

Further Opportunities

The Discover program is really only the beginning. While it can be year of transferrable education, it is also the beginning of ANY of Prairie’s four year degrees, including:

  • 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (BAIS)
  • 9-month GlobeTREK internship
  • Youth Ministry
  • Theology
  • Pastoral Studies
  • Practical Nursing
  • Mission Aviation (depending on the program, not all credits will transfer).

In our world that is increasingly globalized, the Discover program will prove invaluable no matter what the future holds.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

  • NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah
  • NT 221 Reading Paul's Letters
  • ST 100 The Christian Life
  • TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology

Arts and Sciences Core (6 Credits)

  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World

Intercultural Studies (9 Credits)

  • CM 160 Intercultural Practicum
  • IS 140 World Religions
  • IS 257 Intercultural Competence

 

Dr. Emma Karin Emgård

  Program Coordinator

Cross-cultural travel and interaction can be intimidating but it doesn't need to be! The Discover program is about laying a foundation so that you will be able to interact, engage and share across cultures. Personally- I love to travel. I have had my “permanent” address in six nations on three continents. I love how God combines our desires with his call for our lives—he does not waste talents but provides life-giving opportunities to grow. 

Intercultural Studies 1
I would definitely recommend the Discover program to someone who is looking for a gap year or is unsure of what the future may hold for them. It is a great way to experience a taste of college, missions, and a wonderful Christian community.
Maggie
Discover Student
Discover 1
I came to Prairie a Christian but the foundation of my faith wasn't very strong. Discover was a really good first year program as it gave me the Biblical foundation I needed but also let me experience what God is doing in Canada and around the world.
Annie
Discover Student
Intercultural Studies 1
It has been a stepping stone for me in pursuing missions and figuring out what that might look like. Although I'm not sure exactly what it might look like for me, I do feel more brave to step out and pursue what's next.
Maggie
Discover Student
Discover 1
Discover isn't limited to one person. It's an experience that will change your life. If you are looking for adventure, experiences and wanting to learn more about the world then Discover is for you.
Nick
Discover Student
Maggie
Annie
Maggie
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Future Opportunities

In our world that is increasingly globalized, the Discover program will prove invaluable no matter what the future holds. Graduates of Discover will be able to go on and complete:

  • Bachelors of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  • Bachelors of Arts in Intercultural Studies in Global Social Justice
  • Bachelors of Arts in Intercultural Studies in Islamic Studies 
  • Discover also transfers into any other four year degree at Prairie
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