Field Education Courses

In 1989 the School of Intercultural Studies instituted the Field Course Program designed for off-campus graduate students. The reading and research for each course is designed to provide the Christian worker with tools to conduct effective research. Through this research, the Christian worker will gain insights, which will provide foundations for richer interpersonal relationships and increased ministry effectiveness.

The Field Course program offers six courses from which students can select: Cultural Anthropology, Social Organization, Dynamics of Religious Experience, Cross-cultural Leadership, Urban Research and Ministry, and Principles of Church Planting. All courses materials (syllabi, readings, etc) and lectures available through Canvas, our cutting-edge, educational online portal. There is no need to ship materials across the globe, unless bandwidth issues prohibit certain students from accessing a course.


Applicants for the CSICS Field courses must be graduate students or apply for Special Student status through the University. Special Student applicants will submit to the CSICS a completed Special Student application form, a baccalaureate-posted transcript from an accredited school, and a pastoral/ spiritual leader reference form. After evaluation of the materials, accepted applicants will be classified as Special Students (IFLD). Acceptance into the Field Course program does not ensure acceptance into the various degree programs. Should a Field Course student decide to enroll for a regular degree program at Biola, a full application to the program of their choice must be submitted to the University’s Graduate Admissions office. The completed Field Course units may qualify as transfer credit into a regular Biola degree program.

Regular and inactive graduate students enrolled in regular graduate degree programs at Biola may take courses at home or abroad. These students must register for the course online. When an inactive student desires to be readmitted to the University appropriate documents must be filed with the University Admissions office.


Students may register for a course for either fall or spring semester. They will be registered for a course upon receipt of all application materials, acceptance of the student, and payment for the course and application.


Should you not be able to complete the course within the required time, withdraw from the course to avoid receiving an unoffical withdraw (UW) which will effect your GPA.


Grading will be conducted by a faculty member of the CSICS.  We recommend students keep copies of all materials sent to the Program Administrator should the former be lost. is the Program Administrator’s email address.


Tuition for Field Courses is the same as the traditional per unit pricing in CSICS.

Prices are subject to change at any time. Students enrolled in one of the CSICS extension campuses are entitled to the same tuition reduction they receive for regular courses.

The School of Intercultural Studies offers six courses as field courses:

  • Crosscultural Leadership
  • Cultural Anthropology for Christian Workers
  • Dynamics of the Religious Experience
  • Principles of Church Planting
  • Social Organization
  • Urban Research and Ministry

The six courses offered within the Department of Anthropology, Intercultural Education and Missiology are designed specifically to contribute to your ability to conduct relevant field research, enhance interpersonal and intercultural relationships and increase your effectiveness in cross-cultural work. These courses may be applied towards the M.A. in Intercultural Studies, M.A. in Missions, D.Miss., or Ph.D. in Intercultural Education degrees. For more information about the field courses, please contact Ken Stewart at

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