Why major in Intercultural Studies at CIU?
Because wherever in the world God is leading you, the Intercultural Studies (ICS) program at Columbia International University can take you there. You will be prepared to effectively serve in international and cross-cultural ministry, marketplace, or mission opportunities. Plus, the ICS professors know what they are talking about – not just from a text book – but from personal experience. They have served in a variety of capacities all over the globe; from international business development to spreading the gospel in Muslim nations. They will help you develop the skills of interpreting culture and how to relate to people cross-culturally, as you study the strategies necessary to flourish in cross-cultural settings.
The career possibilities that come with a degree in Intercultural Studies include:
Government: diplomatic positions in U.S. embassies overseas
Church: mission pastors; ethnic outreach coordinators
Missions: short-term to long-term missions in any cross-cultural setting anywhere in the world; mission agency office support; mission mobilizer; Bible teacher, church planter, discipler, evangelist; Bible translator; linguist
Business: entry-level positions in non-governmental organizations or transnational corporations; tentmakers/business as mission or other creative-access platform overseas; marketing specialist
Education: international Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) instructor; K-12 TEFL teacher; cross-cultural sensitivity consultant in educational environments
International Community Development: entry-level positions in community development organizations
Review the catalog and course requirements.
1. Complete the online application and pay the $25 application fee
2. Review and complete admissions requirements
Edward L. Smither
Dean, College of Intercultural Studies, Professor of Intercultural Studies and History of Global Christianity
David G. Cashin
Professor of Intercultural Studies
Victor H. Cuartas
Professor of Intercultural Studies, Elmer V. Thompson Chair of Church Planting
Michelle L. K. Raven
Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Studies, International Community Development, and Disaster Relief and Emergency Management