Staff & Faculty BIO

Dr. Emma Karin Emgård

Professor of Intercultural Studies / Program Coordinator – Intercultural Studies
403.443.5511 ext 3272


  • BSc Business Administration and Economics, University of Gothenburg
  • MA Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • PhD Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary


Emma Karin grew up in Sweden in a family who loved God, mission and travel. From the age of 5 she knew she wanted to be a missionary, and towards that goal she did her undergrad in business. She served with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for 14 years. After a few years at Fuller Theological Seminary, she came to Canada in 2000 to teach at Prairie Graduate School. To date, she has lived in six nations and travelled to about 70 additional countries. Her desire is for students to not just see the world, but to discover and experience what God is doing today around the globe.

In addition to missions, world cultures and religions, Emma Karin’s latest research interest is social justice—especially human trafficking and working in prison ministry.

Emma Karin heads up three programs at Prairie: the Bachelor of Intercultural Studies (BAIS), BAIS Global Social Justice, and Discover. The two BAIS programs include a 8-month internship called GlobeTREK, which takes students to 8-12 nations for two months, and for 6 months they stay in one place and begin to learn the culture and local language. Discover is a one year program that focuses on Bible and missions; Discover students spend about 6 weeks in Mozambique, South Africa and at least one more nation.


IS 151 Preparation for Intercultural Ministry
IS 257 Intercultural Competence
IS 259 GlobeTREK Preparation Seminar
IS 473 Topics in Global Studies
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 273 Cultural Anthropology
SS 335 Field Ethnography
ST 100 The Christian Life