Intercultural Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry

Learn to work effectively with people of other cultures by developing skills to study, understand and communicate the message of Christ.

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Kerstin Delueew

“The best part of the GlobeTREK program was meeting new people, engaging in new cultures, and seeing God work in numerous ways. …”

at a Glance



Study the Entire Bible


100% Online

What Makes This Program Different

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.

This fully online degree allows the student to be serving in a cross-cultural context while earning their degree.  Students study all the books of the Bible, theology, culture, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Students are able to directly apply what they are learning in cross-cultural settings, either where they currently are or where they go on their internship, to their studies.  Students will learn from experienced missionaries and cross-cultural workers as well as from other students from around the world. 

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Career Opportunities

Our graduates go on to:

• 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

Program Details

This program is also available as a 2-year diploma.

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.

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 200 level or above (6 credits)

Arts and Sciences Core (36 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar (avaliable as a hyflex class)
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 221 Field Language I*
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
HF 321 Field Language 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 336 Field Ethnography*
Arts and Science Elective 

Intercultural Studies Major (33 credits)

CM 365-366 Cross-cultural Internship (12 credits)
IS 140 World Religions
IS 259 Internship Preparation Seminar*
IS 351 Cross-cultural Communication
IS 377 Cross Cultural Principles and Praxis
IS 473 Current Topics in Global Studies (avaliable as a hyflex class)
TESL transfer (9 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

*Available soon; in the meantime, we will offer a substitute.

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 Tuition and Fees

For our Tuition & Fee rates please see Finance Your Online Education


Dr. Emma Karin Emgard

Program Coordinator

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. Read More.