In keeping with the institution’s Statement of Purpose, this program seeks to enable students to integrate academic discipline, Christian lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience by offering course work in biblical, historical, theological, and practical studies. In addition to a scholarly study of the Bible and Christianity, students will receive instruction related to fulfilling the Great Commission by understanding other cultures and developing a missions theology and strategy for reaching these cultures with the gospel. A broad liberal arts foundation undergirds this program in a distinctively Christian context.
The B.A. in Intercultural Studies requires that the student earn a minimum of 128 hours. Students choosing the Intercultural Studies major must complete the general education requirements listed below as part of the degree program. Transfer students must earn at least 33 hours in Christian Studies and Intercultural Studies at North Greenville University, including CHST 3300 and CHST 4300 (Intercultural Studies practicums I and II). All Intercultural Studies majors must take CHST 1310 and CHST 1320 as part of their general education requirement. Additionally, intercultural studies students must spend at least twenty-one days abroad in a supervised field experience in order to fulfill the requirements of CHST 4300 (Practicum II).
The major consists of 52 hours within the College of Christian Studies with special focus on Intercultural Studies courses. A minimum grade point average of 2.25 in the 52 Christian Studies hours is required for graduation. At least six hours must be taken from both the Biblical Studies and the Historical/Theological/Ethical areas. The course classification is given at the end of the course description. Courses with no designation are either required courses, or may be used as a Christian Studies elective or a free elective only.
Many Christian Studies courses may be applied to either the Intercultural Studies degree program or to the Christian Studies degree program, but the same course may not be applied to both degree programs. Majors in the College of Christian Studies cannot minor in the College of Christian Studies.
Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies
General Education Requirements
COLL 1100 or HNRS 1210 1 (2) hours
ENGL 1310, 1320 6 hours
ENGL (2000 level) or 3330 3 hours
ARTS 1300, MUSC 1300 or 1310, or THTR 1300 3 hours
FOREIGN LANGUAGE 12 hours
HIST 1350, 1360 6 hours
HUMANITIES 3 hours
MATH 1310 or higher level (1315 suggested) 3 hours
CSCI 1300 3 hours
NATURAL SCIENCE* 8 hours
PHED 1200 2 hours
CHST 1310 and 1320** 6 hours
SOCIAL SCIENCE 6 hours
COMM 2300 or CHST 2365 3 hours
TOTAL 65-66 hours
Christian Studies/Intercultural Studies Courses
CHST 1100 (Introduction to Church-Related Vocations) 1 hour
CHST 2300 (Principles of Theological Research and Writing)*** 3 hours
CHST 2330 (Principles of Evangelism) 3 hours
CHST 2335 (World Religions) 3 hours
CHST 2340 (Introduction to Missions) 3 hours
CHST 2343 (Principles and Practice of Missions) 3 hours
CHST Vocational Elective**** 3 hours
CHST 2390 (Hermeneutics) 3 hours
CHST 3301 (The Gospel Across Cultures) 3 hours
CHST 3300 and 4300 (Missions Practicum I & II) 6 hours
CHST 3330 and 3335 (Systematic Theology I & II) 6 hours
CHST 3305 (Biblical and Historical Bases for Missions) 3 hours
CHST 4315 (Anthropology for Missions) 3 hours
CHST 4395 (Intercultural Studies Senior Seminar) 3 hours
CHST (Biblical Studies)***** 6 hours
Total 52 hours
Total General Education Requirements 65-66 hours
Total Christian Studies/Intercultural Studies 52 hours
Total Elective Courses 10-11 hours
Total Hours for Degree 128 hours
Four hours must be taken in a biological science and four hours in a physical science.
Christian Studies majors must make a grade of C or higher in CHST 1310 and 1320 prior to taking any course that has these courses as prerequisites.
Christian Studies majors who do not make a minimum grade of C on the grammar portion of CHST 2300 will be required to take ENGL 3315 for elective credit.
Students must select one course from the following list in order to satisfy the vocational elective requirement: CHST 2315 The Life and Teachings of Paul, CHST 2336 Cults and New Age Movements, CHST 3360 Philosophy of Religion, LING 2310 Introduction to Language.
At least one course must be at the 4000 level; one must be in Old Testament and one in New Testament.