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.

Bible & Theology (45 credits)

  • NT 112 Reading The Gospels & Acts*
  • NT 221 Reading Paul's Letters
  • NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation*
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah
  • OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
  • OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
  • OT 353 Reading the Prophets
  • ST 100 The Christian Life
  • TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • TH 210 The God of the Gospel
  • TH 332 Theology of Missions
  • BT 309 Word and World: Theology and Praxis*
  • BT/NT/OT/ST/TH Electives (9 Credits)

Arts & Sciences (36 credits)

  • AS 400 Integrative Seminar - synchronous with campus
  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • HF 221 Field Language I*
  • HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
  • HF 321 Field Language II*
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
  • SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
  • SS 273 Cultural Anthropology
  • SS 336 Field Ethnography*
  • TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language - 6 credits)
  • SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science*

Intercultural Studies (33 credits)

  • IS 140 World Religions
  • IS 259 Internship Preparation Seminar*
  • IS 231 Cross-cultural Communication
  • IS 377 Cross-cultural Principles and Praxis*
  • IS 473 Current Topics in Global Studies - Directed Study
  • CM 365-366 Cross-cultural Internship (12 credits)
  • TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language - 6 credits)

General Electives (6 credits)

*Available soon; in the meantime, we will offer a substitute 

Synchronous courses will be offered in conjunction with on-campus courses due to their content.  Therefore, these courses must be taken during the term they are offered on campus, or taken on-campus if offered as a modular.