Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

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 in Intercultural Studies. 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 TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). 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 language and 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.

Intercultural Studies is also available by Distance Education or as a 2- year Diploma and a 1- year Certificate program.

Courses revolve around:

  • Studying and understanding scripture to teach to others
  • Understanding the diversity of human cultures and values
  • Learning to live and minister with flexibility and productivity in unfamiliar situations

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

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.

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.


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, Bible translation, and anti-human trafficking initiatives will also be on the agenda.

After a month of travel, you will immerse yourself in a ministry of your own choosing. For 6 months you will work 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.

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.

The BAIS program can also be completed entirely through Prairie Distance Education. Please see the link to Distance Education in the course overview.

Career Opportunities

  • 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

Depending on your choice of specialization you may wish to pursue an MA in Intercultural Studies, Missiology, Divinity or a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies.

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
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
TESL transfer (6 credits)

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
TESL transfer (6 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.