Intercultural Studies

Bachelor of Arts

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 Deleeuw

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

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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.

The first two years of the program are spent on campus. You will study all the books of the Bible, theology, culture, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

The third year is spent participating in the GlobeTREK program. 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. During this time you will 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. 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.

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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 through online education.

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 (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
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
AS/HF/SC/SS elective (3 credits)

Intercultural Studies Major (33 credits)

CM 365-366 Cross-cultural Internship (12 credits)
IS 140 World Religions
IS 259, 261 Internship Preparation Seminar – Parts 1, 2 (1.5 credits each)
IS 351 Cross-cultural Communication
IS 473 Current Topics in Global Studies
TESL transfer (9 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

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 as well as Room and Board please see Fees & Financial Aid

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. Mike Schmidt

Program Director

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.

Prairie College Intercultural Studies Faculty Mike Schmidt