Global Social Justice
Bachelor of Arts in
Investigate the root causes of social injustice and engage cross-culturally in the active promotion of social justice principles to resolve wrongs.
Program at a Glance
What Makes This Program Different
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 involvement, 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 a 9-month internship that will lead you to at least 10 countries and 4 continents. 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 local mentors as well as study the local language.
Throughout the entire nine months, you will work towards completing twenty-seven credits of coursework.
Our Students Say
Our graduates go on to:
• 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
All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.
Bible and Theology Major (45 credits)
BT 409 Word and World
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
TH 313 Creation to New Creation
TH 332 Theology of Mission
Bible and Theology electives (6 credits)
Arts and Sciences Core (36 credits)
AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 221 Field Language I
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 World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 273 Cultural Anthropology
SS 314 Social Psychology
SS 336 Field Ethnography
Arts and Science Elective (3 credits)
Global Social Justice Major (33 credits)
CM 386-387 Social Justice Internship (12 credits)
IS 140 World Religions
IS 259 Internship Preparation Seminar – Parts 1 and 2 (1.5 credits each)
IS 351 Cross-cultural Communication
IS 473 Current Topics in Global Studies
SJ 101 Social Justice Foundations
SJ 367 Project Management
SJ 393 Field Contextualization
Electives (6 credits)
For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Scriptures and of the tools necessary for biblical study to teach others.
- Design a cross-cultural social justice intervention through the application of project and performance management skills.
- Comprehend the character and work of God in motivating the work of social justice worldwide.
- Formulate a biblically-based personal philosophy and perspective of violence, injustice, and human rights among global cultures.
- Develop abilities to identify, appraise, and analyze human injustices and social behavior in the context of implementing change.
- Live and minister with flexibility, contentment, and productivity in unfamiliar situations.
- Demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively and respectfully with team members, community partners, and stakeholders.
Program Tuition and Fees
Program Specific Costs:
The third year of Intercultural Studies is GlobeTREK. This year include additional costs above your tuition and fees. The cost is dependant on internship choice, travel, health insurance, vaccinations, food & accommodations. See the GlobeTREK page for more information.
Dr. Michael Schmidt
Mike Schmidt has his Ph.D. in Missiology from Biola University, a Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and World Mission from Grace University.