distance education programs:
Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Course Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (BAIS)

Four-Year Program (129 Credits)
Learn to work effectively with people of other cultures by developing skills to study, understand and communicate the message of Christ. Prairie’s Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (BAIS) includes studies in Bible, theology, anthropology and the social sciences to increase your understanding of God’s character and work and the diversity of human cultures. Practical ministry experiences gained through outreach and internship programs will help you grow as a servant of Christ and as a contributing member of the global church.

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Program Objectives

Prairie’s Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies program will equip you to do the following:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the tools necessary for study and understanding of the Scriptures and for the teaching of others.
  • Comprehend the character and work of God motivating the work of missions worldwide.
  • Understand the diversity of human cultures as expressed in various beliefs behaviors, and values.
  • Nurture yourself and others in Christian maturity, working toward the growth of the Church.
  • Communicate accurately, verbally and non-verbally, whether teaching, preaching or in daily cross-cultural living.
  • Live and minister with flexibility, contentment and productivity in unfamiliar situations.

Expanded Opportunities

Your BAIS degree will prepare you to work in a variety of cross-cultural settings including overseas missions, ministries with immigrant or diverse ethnic groups and international students. Whether your involvement focuses on missions, education, communications, recreation, politics, or church ministry, you will be better prepared to contribute effectively with Christ’s global Church. Depending on your choice of specialization you may wish to pursue an MA in Intercultural Studies, Missiology, Divinity or a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies.

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise. Please note that this is a mentor-based Distance Education program with additional requirements to provide you with some of the advantages enjoyed by campus students.

Bible & Theology (42 credits)

  • BI 101 Introduction to the Old Testament (print)
  • BI 102 Introduction to the New Testament (print)


  • BT 100 The Way: Biblical Foundations (online)
  • BI/BL/NT/OT elective (3 credits) (print and online)


  • BI 108 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (print)
  • CMFX 100 God's Mission Through the Church (print)
  • CMFX 200 The Worship of the Church (print)
  • CMFX 300 The Community & Function of the Church (print)
  • CMFX 400 Mobilizing the Church (print)
  • ST 100 The Christian Life (online)
  • TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology (online)
  • BI//NT/OT/TH elective (24 credits) (print and online)
  • BI/BL/NT/OT/TH electives (6 credits) (print and online)

NT 206 Introduction to Biblical Greek I & NT 307 Introduction to Biblical Greek II (online) are strongly recommended for seminary preparation.

Arts & Sciences (36 credits)

  • AS 400 Integrative Seminar (print)
  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing (online)
  • AN/PS/SO elective (3 credits) (print and online)
  • AN/HF/HI/PH/PS/SC/SO/SS electives (24 credits) (print and online)
  • AN/HF/HI/PH/PS/SC/SO/SS elective 300 level (3 credits) (print and online)

Intercultural (30 credits)

  • FE 201 Pre-Internship Seminar (print)
  • FE 401 Senior Ministry Seminar (print)
  • FEFX 323/343 Intercultural/Ministry Internship (18 credits)
  • IS 100 Missions Survey (print)
  • IS 240 World Religions (online)

Ministry & Personal Development (6 credits)

  • MPD 201-206 Ministry and Personal Development Seminar (print)
  • MPD 207-212 Ministry and Personal Development Annual Report (print)

*If for any reason a course required for your program is no longer offered, an acceptable substitute will be specified. In some circumstances, you may apply to have one course substituted for another on your program. Contact the Distance Education office for more information.