bachelor of arts in intercultural studies
Global Social Justice

Course Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies - Global Social Justice Major

Four-Year Program (120 Credits)
This major track in the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies allows you to investigate the root causes of social injustice.

Courses revolve around:

  • Learning to use your knowledge of Scriptures as a tool to teach others
  • Designing a cross-cultural social justice intervention plan
  • Developing your ability to identify and analyze human injustices and social behaviour

As with the other Intercultural Studies programs, you have the opportunity to participate in GlobeTREK.

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Global Social Justice: In Depth

Prairie’s Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies – Global Social Justice (GSJ) major provides a firm grounding in the theories, methods, and practice of social justice involvements, providing the student with the ideal combination of knowledge and skills to successfully continue to master’s level study or obtain entry-level employment in this sector.


A highlight of this program is an 8-month internship that will lead you to at least 12 nations. For the first two months of travel with your fellow students, you will observe and at times participate in ministry with orphans, street kids, prisoners, AIDS victims and former child soldiers. Church planting in a creative access nation, or a post-Christian area, and anti-human trafficking initiatives will also be on the agenda.

Subsequently, you will immerse yourself in a social justice six-month internship with a non-government organization (NGO) at a location of your own choosing. You will work and study under the leadership of mentors as well as study the local language.

After the internship, you will join your cohort and travel to Africa to observe what God is doing there. Throughout the entire eight months, you will work towards completing twenty-seven credits of coursework. *The countries may change from year to year. Flexibility is expected. Please note that the GlobeTREK fees are approximately $17,000.

Project Management Endorsement

A key skill in social justice development and advocacy is the ability to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate projects. The BAIS-GSJ Project Management endorsement is a significant tool to equip the student at an intermediate proficiency level to assist in the development of programs for presentation to funding sources.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Scriptures and of the tools necessary for biblical study to teach others. 
  2. Design a cross-cultural social justice intervention through the application of project and performance management skills. 
  3. Comprehend the character and work of God in motivating the work of social justice worldwide. 
  4. Formulate a biblically-based personal philosophy and perspective of violence, injustice, and human rights among global cultures. 
  5. Develop abilities to identify, appraise, and analyze human injustices and social behavior in the context of implementing change. 
  6. Live and minister with flexibility, contentment, and productivity in unfamiliar situations. 
  7. Demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively and respectfully with team members, community partners, and stakeholders.​​

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated.

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
  • TH 455 Theology of Poverty & Suffering
  • BT/NT/OT/ST/TH electives (9 credits)

Arts & Sciences (36 credits)

  • AS 400 Integrative Seminar
  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • HF 221 Field Language I
  • HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
  • SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
  • SS 273 Cultural Anthropology
  • SS 336 Field Ethnography
  • SS 314 Social Psychology
  • SS 264 Leadership & Power
  • SS 267 Project Management
  • HF/SS elective (3 credits)

Global Social Justice (33 credits)

  • SJ 101 Social Justice Foundations
  • IS 140 World Religions
  • IS 259 GlobeTREK Preparation Seminar
  • IS 351 Cross-cultural Communication
  • IS 377 Cross-cultural Principles and Praxis
  • IS 473 Current Topics in Global Studies
  • CM 386-387 Social Justice Internship (12 credits)
  • SJ 393 Directed Study: Field Contextualized

General Electives (6 credits)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Dr. Emma Karin Emgård  Program Coordinator

I simply love to travel! There is such joy in getting to experience the different people and cultures of the world. Besides the intrinsic joy of seeing the world it is also highly pragmatic. The world is shrinking and if your future goals include missions, education, business, communications, recreation, politics, or church ministry, then the BAIS will prepare you to contribute effectively within Christ's global Church.

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I am excited about doing the social justice program because it will enable me to help people who don't have the same kind of opportunity and freedom in life that I have. I am looking forward to being trained in how to help, not only with practical things, but also to be able to share the hope of God's kingdom with people who are in hopeless situations.

Career Opportunities


  • Entry Level work in cross-cultural settings
  • Ministry to migrant and immigrant peoples
  • Disaster relief services and organizations
  • Victim aftercare organizations
  • Community and economic development aid and policy
  • Further studies in intercultural studies, relief & development or divinity
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Prairie's GlobeTrek program is a cutting edge innovation that not only prepares students for missions, but actively involves them in the Great Commission and gives them a real-time, real-world education experience.  Their Biblical grounding, ministry experience, and expanded worldview makes GlobeTrek graduates highly-desired to employ in our disciple-making work overseas
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