Students living on campus who are ministry majors may be able to receive 50% off tuition, including all federal, state, and SAGU scholarships and grants. For eligibility, students must 1) be seeking a ministry-related bachelor’s degree, 2) be enrolled full time and live on campus, and 3) complete a FAFSA at Click for More Info


Intercultural Studies Bachelor’s Degree

Grow in your calling to spread the good news of Jesus Christ as an Intercultural Studies major from SAGU. The world population is predicted to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, meaning Christian discipleship is needed now more than ever. With an Intercultural Studies bachelor’s degree, you’ll be equipped with skills and tools to reach diverse groups of people, being sensitive to cultural differences without diluting the message of God’s kingdom. As part of your educational journey, you’ll receive practical cross-cultural training, including spending a semester working in a cross-cultural context. Prepare to fulfill the Great Commission at SAGU.

Why Major in Intercultural Studies at SAGU?

Mission-Focused Curriculum

The Intercultural Studies major is ideal for students who want to serve in God’s mission overseas or in diverse environments in the United States. SAGU is a leading cross-cultural ministry-focused university that prepares students for work with Assemblies of God World Missions, Assemblies of God US Missions, and other organizations.

The Intercultural Studies degree program integrates theological, missiological, and practical training. You’ll be ready to communicate the gospel cross-culturally and to advance the establishment of indigenous churches among every nation, tribe, and tongue. Learn about church planting, leadership development, and holistic ministry. You’ll also spend time in real-world field ministry experiences locally, nationally, or globally.

Cross-Cultural Experience

As an Intercultural Studies major, you will spend one semester learning and serving in a cross-cultural context. This field experience is essential in putting into practice what you’ve learned in your classes. It can also be a transformative time where you will solidify God’s calling in your life and grow a greater heart for missions.

Take part in intercultural service, community development, and other activities under the guidance of a mentor. Partnering with Assemblies of God World Missions and Assemblies of God US Missions, we offer international and domestic opportunities that match your interests and calling.

Exemplary Online Program

We are proud to offer an online option for the Intercultural Studies bachelor’s degree. Take the same rigorous, Biblically-based courses we offer on campus, but in a flexible format that works for you. You’ll also choose a cross-cultural experience to participate in as part of this program. Connect with fellow online students, and learn from our expert faculty, who are dedicated to your success.

You may also accelerate your degree with our online program. In 2020, we were ranked by as having one of the fastest online bachelor’s degrees in the nation. We offer two optional, seven-week sessions within a traditional semester. We also offer many online courses in the summer so you can progress towards degree completion throughout the entire year.

The SAGU Difference

At SAGU, you’ll be a part of a Spirit-filled community where worship is a lifestyle. Be encouraged by faculty, staff, and your peers as you follow God’s calling in your life. Have the Bible as your core foundation and access the resources you need to grow your faith and build your leadership skills.

Affordability and Value

We believe that students should focus on their futures, not their finances. That’s why we strive to offer affordable tuition to all. We offer generous financial aid packages, and 90% of our students receive financial aid.

If you are a full-time, on-campus Intercultural Studies major, you may be eligible to receive 50% off tuition. Learn more about this amazing ministry degree guarantee.

What You’ll Learn in the Intercultural Studies Degree Program

Through the Intercultural Studies curriculum, you’ll be ready to share God’s word with people in different cultures and contexts. You’ll also gain additional skills to help you pursue God’s calling in cross-cultural environments.

General Education Studies

Through your 57 hours of general education courses, you’ll receive a well-rounded college education and a solid foundation in biblical studies. Develop important speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills through courses like Composition and Rhetoric and Introduction to Psychology.

Your general education studies also include 24 hours of biblical studies courses. Take courses such as:

  • The Church in Ministry and Mission
  • Old Testament Literature
  • New Testament Literature
  • Introduction to Theology and Apologetics
  • Authentic Christianity

Major Studies

Learn how to communicate and serve diverse groups of people through your 48 hours of major studies courses. You’ll grow empathy and cultural sensitivity as you learn and practice new skills. Courses include:

  • Personal Adjustment for Cross-Cultural Service
  • Intercultural Communication and Anthropology
  • Strategies for Multiethnic Service
  • Understanding the Spirit World

As part of your major requirements, you will complete an Intercultural Service Internship Block in which you will learn and serve in a cross-cultural context. You will participate in local outreach ministries while engaging in research, reading, and writing that will help you reflect upon your cross-cultural experiences. Your studies will include deep dives into:

  • Contemporary Issues in Cross-cultural Ministries and Practices
  • Cross-cultural Leadership
  • Indigenous Church Principles
  • Personal Cultural Adjustment

Opportunities to Broaden Your Horizons

The Intercultural Studies degree program is designed with space for you to pursue an associate degree or minor in fields that will broaden your knowledge base and service opportunities. Suggested areas of study include:

  • Business: Learn essential business skills and principles from financial accounting to nonprofit management.
  • Social work: Discover how to advocate for people without power or a voice through social work.
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL): Get the skills you need to become a teacher. You can help non-native speakers here or teach English overseas.
  • Theological Studies: Deepen your understanding of Christian theology by studying apologetics, hermeneutics, and systematic theology.
View the SAGU Catalog for course descriptions

Careers and Outcomes for Intercultural Studies Graduates

With a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies, you will be ready to serve in cross-cultural environments or choose a mission-minded vocation. You can serve in churches, outreach ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

Your Intercultural Studies degree prepares you for career possibilities that include:

  • US or world missions
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Relief and development
  • Campus ministries (Chi Alpha)
  • Refugee ministries
  • Ministry training
  • Nonprofit service

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Serve the World and Preach the Gospel through SAGU’s Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Studies Program

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