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).

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

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

Possible Concentrations (Based on 6 electives)

MA in ICS with a Missiology Track (Online or On Campus)

ISCL 702 Social Organization  3
ISCL 742 History of the World Christian Movement  3
ISCL 750 Issues in Contextualization / Cross-cultural Theology  3
ISCL 709 Intercultural Communication  3
ISCL 765 Cross Cultural Leadership  3
ISAN 761 Culture and Transformation  3
ISCL 722 Spiritual Conflicts in Cross-cultural Context  3
ISAN 507 Cultural Anthropology (Or elective if Cultural Anthopology taken as an undergraduate)  3
ISCL 701 Theology of Culture (Bible requirement)  3
ISCL 732 Church Planting Models and Strategies  3
ISAL 613 Language Learning (Or an elective if you know a second language)  3
ISCL 751 Theology of Mission (Bible requirement)  3
ISCL 752 Acts: Biblical and Missiological  3

MA in ICS with a TESOL Certificate (Online or On Campus)

ISAN 751 Social Anthropology  3 
ISCL 742 History of the World Christian Movement  3
ISCL 750 Issues in Contextualization / Cross-cultural Theology  3 
ISAN 761 Culture and Transformation  3
ISAN 507 Cultural Anthropology  3
ISAL 520 Introduction to Language and Linguistics  3
ISTE 509 Structure of English  3
ISTE 525 Introduction to TESOL  3
ISTE 527 Materials Evaluation and Preparation  3
ISTE 530 Ethics, values and Intercultural Communication for TESOL Professionals  3
ISTE 692 Practicum in TESOL  3
ISTE 627 Vocabulary Learning and Teaching  3
TTBE 519 Old Testament Survey (Gen-Malachi) (Or any other Bible)  3
TTBE 520 New Testament Survey (Matt-Rev) (Or any other Bible)  3

MA in ICS with a Community Development Track (On Campus)

ISAN 751 Social Anthropology  3
ISCL 742 History of the World Christian Movement  3
ISCL 750 Issues in Contextualization / Cross-cultural Theology  3
ISCL 709 Intercultural Communication  3
ISAN 761 Culture and Transformation  3
ISAN 507 Cultural Anthropology (Or a Community Development elective if you took Cultural Anthropology as an undergraduate)  3
ISAL 613 Language Learning (Or a Community Development elective if you know a second language)  3
ISCL 780 Theology of International Developent (Counts as Bible)  3
ISCL 602 Introduction to International Development (International and Community Development)  3
ISCL 603 Micro Issues in Relief and Development  3
ISCL 605 Community Development: Models and Strategies  3
ISCL 659 Project Evaluation and Assessment  3
TTBE 520 New Testament Survey (Matt-Rev) (Or any other Bible) 3

MA in ICS with a Peace and Conflict Transformation Track (Online)

ISAN 751 Social Anthropology  3 
ISCL 742 History of the World Christian Movement  3
ISCL 750 Issues in Contextualization / Cross-cultural Theology  3
ISCL 709 Intercultural Communication  3
ISAN 761 Culture and Transformation  3
ISAN 507 Cultural Anthropology (Or a Community Development elective if you took Cultural Anthropology as an undergraduate)  3
ISAN 529 Human Conflict: Theory and Resolution  3
ISCL 780 Theology of International Developent (Counts as Bible)  3
ISCL 523 Peace and Conflict Analysis  3
ISCL 522 Conflict Prevention, Intervention  3
ISAN 504 Social Justice and Human Rights  3
ISCL 701 Theology of Culture  3
TTBE 520 New Testament Survey (Matt-Rev) (Or any other Bible)  3
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