Bachelor of Divinity in Business Administration (Minor in Intercultural Studies)

Four-Year Program (120 Credits)

Students will develop business skills and competencies taught by experienced and knowledgable business leaders in a program that is deeply Kingdom-centric. 

Business plays a vital role in society and is in need of well equipped, disciples of Christ to live out both the great commandment and the great commission through business. Business should participate in blessing, not taking, from the communities they are in.

The BDBA with a minor in Intercultural Studies provides students the opportunity to learn Kingdom business in intercultural contexts. This includes both theory and experience through a business-specific Globetrek experience (4 continents, 12 countries, numerous people groups).

It is the ideal program for those interested in BAM (business as mission) or for those who will be doing business in any intercultural setting. 

This program will be unique (both in focus and method) in Canada, and possibly the world, in developing Christ followers to use business, both domestically and internationally, for furthering the Kingdom of God.

In this program you will learn: 

  • Principles and processes for creating, managing, leading and developing a business
  • How to live out the Biblical principles and Kingdom realities of business as a disciple of Christ.
  • How to build high-performance teams and organizations
  • Essential skills for working in for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental and international NGO entities
  • To solve real business problems in a wide variety of business disciplines.
  • Your own strengths, interests and abilities relating to the business field
  • How to conduct kingdom business in cross cultural or international contexts

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Major (30 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 351 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 343 Reading the Psalms and Wisdom Literature
OT 453 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel

Arts and Sciences Core (36 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
Arts and Sciences electives (9 credits)
Arts and Sciences elective 300 level

Business Administration Major (36 credits)

BU 105 Organization Health and Performance
BU 111 Managerial Accounting
BU 220 Sales and Marketing
BU 235 Managerial Economics
BU 316 Corporate Finance
BU 350 Governance and Law
BU 360 Theology of Business
BU 430 Business Analytics (1 credit)
BU 443 Missional Entrepreneurship and Strategy
CM 482 International Business Internship (12 credits)

Intercultural Studies Minor (18 credits)

IS 140 World Religions
IS 259 Internship Preparation Seminar
IS 351 Cross-cultural Communication
SS 336 Field Ethnography
IS Elective
TH 332 Theology of Missions

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

All students will complete a minimum of a 6 month international internship in a supportive and engaging team context. Opportunities include internships in Africa, South East Asia, Central Asia, South America and more. The summer prior to going on this internship students will travel to the site of their placement to meet the team, get familiar with the business and learn about the culture.

Students have the opportunity to expand this internship to include the Globetrek practicum. The Globetrek experience includes 8 months of travel, with other students, visiting 4 continents, at least 12 countries, and meeting numerous people groups. This experience includes the six-month business internship that is cross-cultural and Kingdom focused. 

 

  • Kingdom Centric

We learn how to do business with God and for His Kingdom. Business is not just about generating resources for missions and church work. Rather, it is a powerful platform for social and relational engagement to advance the will of God on earth.

  • Entrepreneurial Focus

Our primary goal is not to prepare you to work for giant corporations as one small cog in a large machine. Be prepared to develop a business mindset and skills that will that enable you to be involved in start ups and smaller scale businesses where you’ll be involved with staffing, marketing, finance and everything else that is involved in making a successful business succeed.

  • International Emphasis

We live in a global community. Technology has increased our capacity to travel, interact and do business almost anywhere on earth. An emphasis on the challenges, opportunities and dynamics of engaging in business across borders will be covered throughout the program.

  • Socially Engaged

Businesses can either create or solve problems for the communities it interacts with. Business can participate in blessing the communities it engages in through thoughtfully solving problems, from the mundane (we all need shoes) to the deeply spiritual. Develop eyes to see the greatest needs and the world and gain the tools to address (at least some) of them through business.

  • Discipleship Directed

Good business, and life, is far more than strategy, spreadsheets and management. It is from the heart that our life is ordered. The entire Prairie experience, including the Business program, is committed to developing students as followers of Christ. 

Students in the BDBA minor in Intercultural Studies will have the skills and experience to:

  • Start and lead their own business
  • Be employed in small businesses in a variety of disciplines and industries
  • Find work in foreign or intercultural organizations and businesses
  • Gain employment in entry-level placements in traditional business fields and disciplines (banking, marketing, accounting, etc)
  • Work for NGO or Non-Profit organizations

Students wishing to further their education will be well prepared to go onto complete:

  • A Masters in Business Administration,
  • A Masters in Divinity,
  • Graduate level education focused on Intercultural Studies
  • Graduate level education further focused on a specific business discipline (leadership, accounting, marketing, finance, etc)