Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies - Global Social Justice Major
Four-Year Program (120 Credits)
Do you want to go to the ends of the earth? Do you want to prepare to meet the greatest needs of the world? Enroll in our BA program BAIS majoring in Global Social Justice. We are located in a town not quite at the world’s end but close. Spend two years here, travel the world for one year and finish up with one last year back on the prairies.
At Prairie, you will study all the books of the Bible, theology, culture, and social justice. Your third year will change your life! That’s because you spend one month travelling with your team in Asia to see what God is doing there. Then you go on your own to a nation/ministry of your choosing for six months (to learn the culture and minister along with seasoned missionaries). Finally, with your team, you travel for another month in Africa and the Middle East (including a few days in Israel). Your GlobeTREK year will challenge you—in your relationship with God and ministry as well as dealing with injustice and poverty. Your experience will give you new eyes to see the world and a renewed heart for God’s mission as you enter the last year of college.
As with the other Intercultural Studies programs, you have the opportunity to participate in GlobeTREK.
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
This major track in the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies allows you to investigate the root causes of social injustice.
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.
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.
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, or a post-Christian area, Bible translation, and anti-human trafficking initiatives will also be on the agenda.
After a month of travel, 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.Then you will travel to the African continent for about a month and observe what God is doing there. The countries may change from year to year. Flexibility is expected.
Throughout the entire eight 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.
- 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.
- 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
TH 455 Theology of Poverty and Suffering
Bible and Theology electives 200 level or above
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 OR
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 367 Project Management
SS 273 Cultural Anthropology
SS 314 Social Psychology
SS 316 Cultural Psychology
SS 336 Field Ethnography
Intercultural Studies Major (33 credits)
CM 365-366 Cross-cultural Internship (12 credits)
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
SJ 101 Social Justice Foundations
SJ 393 Field Contextualization
Electives (6 credits)
For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.