Curriculum

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete the required courses listed below.
  2. Successfully pass a comprehensive examination over coursework.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Meet with department advisor and Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in Admissions, Registration & Graduation Requirements section).

Core Curriculum (15 Credits)

ISCL 742 History of the World Christian Movement 3
     

Choose one of the following:

ISAN 750 Contextualization 3
ISCL 751 Theology of Missions 3

Choose one of the following:

ISAN 561 Economic Anthropology 3
ISAN 751 Social Anthropology 3
ISCL 560 Urban Research & Study 3
ISAN 523 Ethnographic field methods 3

Choose one of the following:

ISCL 520 Interpersonal & Intercultural Adjustment 3
ISCL 709 Intercultural Communication 3
ISAN 761 Culture Change 3
ISCL 711 Dynamics of the religious experience 3

Bible / Theology (6 credits)

Electives (18 Credits)

18 credits of advisor-approved electives. Students who do not have to take required electives are encouraged to choose a combination of electives most suitable for their career goals. Students may also choose to focus electives in areas of specialization such as anthropology, missiology, crosscultural education, Bible & theology, Bible translation, linguistics, TESOL, church planting, crosscultural health care, urban ministries, etc. Students desiring a graduate certificate in TESOL in conjunction with their intercultural studies degree must also apply to the Department of ALT.

Note: Students who are not proficient in a second language will also be required to take one of the courses listed below as a required elective. (Proficiency standards for a second language will be determined by the M.A. advisor in consultation with intercultural studies faculty. See student handbook for standards.)

ISAL 520 Introduction to Language & Linguistics 3
ISAL 655 Practicum in Language & Culture Learning 3

Note: Students who have not previously taken a course in cultural anthropology will be required to take the course below as a required elective.

ISAN 507 Cultural Anthropology 3
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