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Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Course Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Four-Year Program (120 Credits)
Learn to work effectively with people of other cultures by developing skills to study, understand and communicate the message of Christ.

Courses revolve around:

  • Studying and understanding scripture to teach to others
  • Understanding the diversity of human cultures and values
  • Learning to live and minister with flexibility and productivity in unfamiliar situations

Intercultural Studies are also available as a 2-year Associate of Arts and a 1- year Certificate program.

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Intercultural Studies: In Depth

Prairie's Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (BAIS) includes studies in theology, anthropology and cross-culture communications to increase your understanding of God's character, His work, and the diversity of human cultures. 


A highlight of this program is an 8-month internship that will lead you to at least 12 nations. You will observe and at times participate in ministry with orphans, street kids, prisoners, AIDS victims, and former prostitutes. Church planting in a creative access nation, Bible translation, and anti-human trafficking initiatives will also be on the agenda.

After weeks of travel, you will immerse yourself in a ministry of your own choosing. You will work under the leadership of mentors as well as study the local language. Then you will travel to the African continent and observe what God is doing there. The countries may change from year to year. Flexibility is expected.

Throughout the entire eigth months, you will work towards completing thirty credits of coursework - all related to your GlobeTREK experience. Please note that the GlobeTREK fees are approx. $17,000.

TESOL Certification

An accredited Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate will equip you for overseas English teaching and community-based instruction for recent immigrants and refugees. Whether God leads you overseas or Canada, TESOL Certification is a significant tool to reach those whose first language is not English.

Expanded Opportunities

The BAIS program can also be completed entirely through Prairie Distance Education. Please see the link to Distance Education in the course overview. 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 Outcomes

Prairie’s BAIS program will equip you to be a competent cross-cultural worker able to… 

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the tools necessary to thrive in a new culture. 
  2. Analyze the character and work of God motivating the work of missions worldwide. 
  3. Evaluate the diversity of human cultures as expressed in various beliefs, behaviors, and values. 
  4. Demonstrate the ability to nurture yourself and others in Christian maturity, within a contextualized church community. 
  5. Communicate accurately, both verbally and nonverbally, in daily cross-cultural living.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to live and minister with flexibility, contentment, and productivity in unfamiliar situations.

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
  • BT/NT/OT/ST/TH Electives (12 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
  • 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)
  • HF/SS elective (3 credits)

Intercultural Studies (33 credits)

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

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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The BAIS is not an easy program. GlobeTREK has been a major highlight and a very unique opportunity. It goes beyond academics to challenge you on many levels.  But while not easy, it is very rewarding and definitely worth it.

Career Opportunities


  • Careers in a cross-cultural setting
  • Overseas missions and ministries
  • Missions education and English instruction
  • Work with refugee population
  • Communications, public policy, education and recreation fields
  • Graduate Studies
Riding a Camel
Riding a Camel
Classroom in Mozambique
Classroom in Mozambique
In Tibet
In Tibet
Kids running
Kids running
Over the wall
Over the wall
Helping Out
Helping Out
At the Pyramids
At the Pyramids
Carrying water
Carrying water
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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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