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Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (ICS)

Description: 

Become familiar with the tools and techniques needed to study cultures other than your own. You will engage in research and analysis that contributes to a ministry of working among ethnic and cultural groups.

Objectives:

The M.A. ICS equips you to:

  • Demonstrate skill in identifying and analyzing cultural issues.
  • Evaluate current strategies regarding the global mission of God.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in cross-cultural analysis, research, and writing about the global mission of God.

Available Formats:

TraditionalOffered in a traditional format on our Columbia campus.
HybridCombines intensive courses in Columbia, Atlanta, or Korntal, Germany with online courses making it possible for you to complete your program without relocating.
OnlineOffered fully online making it possible for you to complete your program without relocating.

 

New York City Option

NYC International Project

In partnership with the New York City International Project, CIU students can complete much or perhaps all of the MA in Intercultural or Muslim Studies (program 2 only) while serving in an exciting church planting internship among Muslims and internationals in New York City. Students may be enrolled full or part-time through CIU’s Online Studies.

 

 

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Opportunities: 

You will be able to:

  • Articulate biblical principles and models for participating in the global mission of God;
  • Evaluate historical examples for participating in the global mission of God;
  • Evaluate current strategies regarding the global mission of God;
  • Develop strategies and models for participating in the global mission of God;
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in cross-cultural analysis, research, and writing about the global mission of God.

Potential employment and service opportunities for graduates include:

  • Governmental service: various diplomatic positions in various US embassies overseas.
  • Military service: chaplaincy in the various branches.
  • Church service: mission pastors; ethnic outreach coordinators.
  • Mission service: short-term to long-term missionaries in any cross-cultural service anywhere in the world; mission agency office support person; mission mobilizer.
  • Business service: entry level positions in non-governmental organizations or transnational corporations; tentmakers/business as mission or any other creative access type of platform overseas; marketing specialists to specific groups.
  • Educational service: international TEFL teacher; K-12 TEFL teacher (with ACSI certification); cross-cultural sensitivity consultant in educational environments.
  • Academic Careers: The thesis option track of the MA Intercultural Studies is designed to prepare students for further graduate work, especially a PhD in Intercultural Studies or a related discipline. With a PhD, students have the potential to teach at the college, seminary, and university level in North America and abroad. 
Featured Faculty: 
Mike Barnett
Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies

B.A., University of Houston; M. Div., Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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David G. Cashin
Professor of Intercultural Studies

B.A., Gordon College; M.A., Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh; M.A., Ph.D., Stockholm University, Sweden

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Chris Little Christopher Little
Professor of Intercultural Studies

B.S., University of Southern California; M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary; Th.M., Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

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Ed Smither
Professor of Intercultural Studies

B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A., M.Div.,Liberty University; Ph.D., University of Wales-Trinity Saint David; Ph.D., University of Pretoria

 

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