Are you sensing God’s leading to share the Gospel message with people who think and live differently than you? Bachelor of Religious Intercultural Studies is designed to help your understanding of the Bible, sharpen your skills in cultural integration and relationship building, and prepare you for the challenges of cross-cultural in the 21st century. The program uses an interdisciplinary and developmental model to examine religion, cultures, power, prestige, privilege, group interrelationships, and cross-cultural communications and interactions. It is designed to help students participate more meaningfully in their social, civic, and increasingly global world of work roles. The program’s philosophy is to educate through a religious scope. This is 3 years programs.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must present:

  • An official High School Diploma or an official transcript from each college and university attended.
  • A completed Application for Admission form.
  • SAT/ACT Scores
  • For international student: Proof of proficiency in the English language. Students must produce results of a TOEFL score of at least 500 paper-based (173 Computerized) (60 internet based) or pass the University’s English exam.


The objectives of Bachelor of Religious Intercultural Studies are to:

  • Prepare students to comprehensively understand a vast array of cultures and context in which they may serve.
  • Prepare students to positively contribute to the well-being of those with whom they may interact and serve.
  • Prepare students to make disciples of Jesus Christ among all nations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Religious Intercultural Studies, students will be able to successfully:

  • That graduates demonstrate integrative knowledge and skill across contributing fountains of history, linguistics, social science, and theology to work and function in various settings.
  • That graduates demonstrate integrative in order to develop Biblically centered responses toward cross-cultural problems.
  • That students can demonstrate can use critical thinking skills to analyze and solve issues which may arise
  • That graduates can Articulate and practice the important mandate given by Christ to make disciples of all nations.

Requirement for the Bachelor of Religious Intercultural Studies Degree (180 Quarter units)

In order to complete an undergraduate degree, a student must:

  • Satisfactorily complete the required courses listed below.
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale

All students are required to take the total of 180 quarter units of the courses as follows:

Program Core Course Units                                  66

General Education Course Units                         75

Elective Course Units                                             39_

Total                                                                           180

Core Course Requirements: Quarter Units
ICS 130 Introduction to Human Communication 3 units
ICS 205 Introduction to Linguistics 3 units
ICS 230 Communication Strategies in Conflict Management 3 units
ICS 275 Interpersonal Communication 3 units
ICS 278 Problem Solving through Group Discussion 3 units
ICS 301 General Cultural Anthropology 3 units
ICS 310 Foundations for Global Studies 3 units
ICS 311 General Linguistics 3 units
ICS 320 Speech Skills and Techniques 3 units
ICS 321 Interpersonal and Intercultural Adjustment 3 units
ICS 325 Peoples of the World 1 3 units
ICS 326 Peoples of the World 2 3 units
ICS 332 English Language and Cultural Learning 1 3 units
ICS 333 English Language and Cultural Learning 2 3 units
ICS 370 Intercultural Communication 3 units
ICS 371 Intercultural Communication 2 3 units
ICS 380 Intercultural Business Communication 3 units
ICS 390 Cross Cultural Management 3 units
ICS 395 Organizational Communication 3 units
ICS 400 Language and Communication Behavior 3 units
ICS 405 Cultural Emotions 3 units
ICS 410 National Identity, Race, and Popular Culture 3 units

In addition to the required core courses, students must choose thirteen elective courses.

Elective Courses: Quarter Units
ICS 300 Applied Writing in Communication Studies 3 units
ICS 345 Introduction to International Development 3 units
ICS 347 Micro Issues in Relief Development 3 units
ICS 351 Business Entrepreneurship 3 units
ICS 361 Race, Racism, and Human Variation 3 units
ICS 406 Latino Communities in U.S. Society 3 units
ICS 411 Achieving Intercultural Proficiency in Urban Com… 3 units
ICS 412 Serving Diverse Communities 3 units
ICS 421 Communication and Diversity 3 units
ICS 433 Community Development Models and Strategy 3 units
ICS 435 Management and Organizational Behavior 3 units
ICS 475 Multicultural Education 3 units
BUS 214     Business Ethics 3 units
MGT 416 Leadership 3 units
NUR 310 Issue in Cultural Health 3 units
NUR 341 Health Assessment 3 units
NUR 410 Aging and Health 3 units
NUR 420 Information Technology: Applications in Health Care 3 units
BIO 227 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3 units

General Education Requirements (75 units)

See the “General Education Worksheet” requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

Core Description:

ICS 130:  Introduction to Human Communication

Overview of human communication across contexts; Introduction to Communication as a discipline; survey of areas and methods comprising the field

ICS 205:  Introduction to Linguistics

Descriptive and historical study of language; problems of data collection and techniques of analysis, linguistic structure, language classification, language families of the world, language in its socio-cultural setting

ICS 230:  Communication Strategies in Conflict Management

This course examines the communication theories and strategies underlying the nature of conflict in contemporary society. Provides students with the necessary skills to effectively manage conflict

ICS 275:  Interpersonal Communication

Introductory study of interpersonal communication; verbal and nonverbal communication in face-to-face interaction; how individuals assume roles as message senders, receivers; interpersonal perception and adaptation; barriers to interpersonal communication

ICS 278:  Problem Solving through Group Discussion

Principles of decision-making and interaction in group communication situations, development of discussion, participation, and leadership skills for business, school, and community

ICS 300:  Applied Writing in Communication Studies

Writing practicum in historical, critical, and social scientific approaches to communication studies; emphasizing language usage in writing as practiced in Communication scholarship

ICS 301: General Cultural Anthropology

The nature of people in culture; worldview and perception; culture change; a study of the subsystems of cultures, including social organization, religion, language and related topics. Includes practical applications to global problems such as AIDS, human rights, etc.

ICS 310: Foundations for Global Studies

Exploration of foundational issues related to international and intercultural ministry, including foundational models of global Christian witness, mission formation, contextualization, and an overview of various global realities (poverty; international development; Islam; unreached peoples; urbanization; globalization; and peace, security and conflict) from a Biblical perspective. Career tracks in intercultural and global service are explored.

ICS 311: General Linguistics

This is an introduction to the basic concepts in the scientific study of language, major areas of linguistic analysis, and several sub-areas of the field, including language in society. Materials from English and a variety of other languages are used to provide a broad perspective

ICS 320:  Speech Skills and Techniques

Effective and persuasive oral communication in a variety of situations: formal address, group discussion interviews, chairing of meetings, and others. Of particular value for Liberal Studies majors, managers and business persons

ICS 321: Interpersonal & Intercultural Adjustment

Exploration of the cross-cultural transition process, focusing on healthy adjustment as a sojourner in a new culture is conduction. Attention given to understanding and applying grace to oneself and others, discerning cultural values, conflict styles, social stratification and celebration.

ICS 325: Peoples of the World 1

A study of specific cultural areas with an emphasis on customs, social structures, religion, arts, and history is conducted. Areas of specialty include history, people & cultures of various world regions.

ICS 326: Peoples of the World 2

Continuation of Peoples of the World 1; a study of specific cultural areas with an emphasis on customs, social structures, religion, arts, and history is conducted. Areas of specialty include history, people & cultures of various world regions.                                                                                                      

ICS 332:  English Language and Cultural Learning 1

Basic writing skills emphasizing exposition and textual analysis; techniques to help a person be a successful independent learner of cultures

ICS 333:  English Language and Cultural Learning 2

A continuation of ICS 332: Basic writing skills emphasizing exposition and textual analysis; techniques to help a person be a successful independent learner of cultures

ICS 345: Introduction to International Development          

Key theories, models and macro concerns in development, and historic overview of the practice of relief and development. Exploration of topics such as poverty, gender, human rights, debt, nationalism and economic development, globalization, and transformational/holistic development. Provides a broad survey of development concepts, trends, and challenges

ICS 347: Micro Issues in Relief Development

This course deals with micro issues in relief and development such as sustainable agriculture, HIV/AIDS and other health issues, literacy, the environment, food security, micro-enterprise development, gender, migration issues, internally displaced persons (IDP’s), refugee response and the role of NGO’s and faith-based organizations/agencies in working with complex humanitarian emergencies

ICS 351:  Business Entrepreneurship

This course addresses how missions and entrepreneurship are coming together to form what is being called, “Perhaps the major mission movement of the 21st century.” The student will explore the burgeoning fields of Business as Mission, Marketplace Ministries, Social Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise Development

ICS 361: Race, Racism, and Human Variation

Evaluation of cultural and environmental influences upon composition and distribution of human populations; consideration of the genetic basis for human variation and biological validity of race concept

ICS 370: Intercultural Communication

Principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another, which focuses on different perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expression, language expression and subgroups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message

ICS 371:  Intercultural Communication 2

Description and analysis of cultural influences on human communication acts; codes and paralinguistic elements; focus on communication between cultures in an urban setting

ICS 380: Intercultural Business Communication

Analytical approach to understanding cultures in order to do business effectively. Steps in achieving intercultural communication competence, framework for understanding cultures, nonverbal communication, document organization from cultural priorities, and negotiation

ICS 390: Cross Cultural Management

A study of some vivid examples of the importance of cultural knowledge in international negotiations, and provide some backgrounds and specific information required for negotiations and relations between Eastern and Western people

ICS 395: Organizational Communication    

Contemporary theoretical and methodological issues or constructs in organizational communication

ICS 400: Language and Communication Behavior

Contemporary theories, research perspectives, and subject areas in language and communication behavior

ICS 405: Cultural Emotions

Human emotions as organized within social relationships and institutions of family, religion, education, government, and economy; cultural norms and vocabulary; ethnic, sex, and social class diversity in feeling and expression

ICS 406: Latino Communities in U.S. Society

The Chicano experience studied from the comparative perspective of other Latin Americans in the U.S.: Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Central and South Americans

ICS 410: National Identity, Race, and Popular Culture

Interdisciplinary focus on the formation of national identities; examines relationship between race, national identity and popular culture through fiction, film, music, consumerism, and cultural institutions such as written media, schools, and museums

ICS 411: Achieving Intercultural Proficiency in Urban Communities

Prerequisite: Senior standing. Preparation for understanding sociocultural and community factors necessary for achieving intercultural proficiency. Practical experience enabling increased intercultural proficiency in relation to diverse communities

ICS 412: Serving Diverse Communities

Prerequisites: ICS 411

Hands-on experience in a multicultural setting in a nonprofit or governmental service agency; service-learning focus that provides opportunities to reflect on practicum experiences in order to enhance understandings of theory

ICS 421: Communication and Diversity

Study and analysis of intercultural communication and identity within the context of the United States

ICS 433: Community Development Models and Strategy

Exposure to various models for engagement in development projects and practice, assessment of participatory learning and action approaches, examination of the role of expatriates in community development, analysis of the complexities of community participation, exploration of the role of transformational development practitioners in sustainable economic development and community organizing

ICS 435: Management and Organizational Behavior

Analysis of the management process with an emphasis on the management, the business environment and organizational behavior including organizational relationships, decision making, leadership and effective business processes.

ICS 475: Multicultural Education

Focuses on the need to understand the techniques of teaching the multicultural populations which our urban schools serve.

BUS 214: Business Ethics

The course objective is to learn basic ethical theory and develop practical tools for business ethics, with particular attention throughout the course to the role of religion and spirituality in ethical formation, frameworks, and decision making. This will be applied to contemporary business ethics case studies and situations drawing on real-time news stories.

MGT 416: Leadership

An in-depth analysis of theories and practice of leadership. Course is designed to give the student an understanding of the leadership skills, styles, and behavior in a variety of managerial roles.

NUR 341: Health Assessment
Concepts and principles underlying assessment of the health status of individuals are presented with emphasis placed on interviewing skills, health histories, and the physical and psychosocial findings in the well person. Communication and assessment skills are developed. Students obtain health histories, perform physical and psychosocial assessments, establish a database, and formulate initial nursing plans using the nursing process.

NUR 310: Issue in Cultural Health

This course will examine both analytical and practical approaches to cultural competency in public health. Concepts, models, frameworks, and communication that occur in cross-cultural health situations will be discussed, but also the application of these concepts in real interventions and programs.

NUR 410: Aging and Health

Attitudes about the aged, historical perspectives, transcultural concepts, health problems and health care, methods of coping with growing old, and prospects for the future. Practical experiences promote examination of students’ own attitudes about the aged and growing old.

NUR 420: Information Technology: Applications in Health Care         

This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of health care delivery systems; the health information profession; the definition and the purpose of the medical record; the systems and processes for collecting, maintaining and disseminating health information; numbering, retention and storage of medical information; forms control and design; indexes and registers; release of patient information, security, privacy,

confidentiality, and ethical issues; documentation requirements; regulatory requirements of healthcare organization, accrediting and licensing agencies, and computerized information management systems utilized by health information management departments

BIO 227: Human Anatomy and Physiology

Explore the wonders of the human body, including its shape, structure, and the complex and interrelated systems that work within it. Understanding of the design and function of different organisms by observing tissue structure through microscopes and organ systems through dissections. How living things function and how their cells, tissues, and organs work together as a single unit.