Associate of Arts in Intercultural Studies

This program of study is designed to prepare emerging leaders for successful global leadership and ministry across a variety of cultural contexts.

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Overview

Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

This program is designed to prepare students to engage in missions work in a cross-cultural or global setting. All of the courses within this program may also count toward one of the bachelor’s degree programs at GCD. In addition to the 60 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

 

Program Objectives

  • Equip the student with the tools to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Give the student a sense of preparedness by providing practical ministry experience.
  • Equip the student to integrate Christian principles into critical thinking and decision-making in one’s personal and/or professional life.
  • Give the student a working knowledge of Biblical concepts of global leadership to meet the needs of diverse audiences/targeted age groups and organizational settings.
  • Equip the student to integrate a Biblical worldview into the practice of cross-cultural leadership in ministries and organizations.
  • Give the student an understanding of intercultural studies from different perspectives, including anthropological, psychological, and theological insights, and to apply cross-cultural thinking to promote organizational and personal effectiveness.
  • Equip the student with an understanding of historical and Biblical models and figures of intercultural leadership with their implications in a global context.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The A.A. Intercultural Studies degree requires 20 courses (or 60 credit hours), which can be completed in 2 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online).  GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2020-2021 Undergraduate Tuition Rate = $200 per credit hour

Example Breakdown

Application Fee: $50

Semester 1

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,510

Semesters 2 - 5

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,500

*This is per semester.

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Graduation Fee: $100

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TOTAL COST: $12,660

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $100 per course.  Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of GCD’s Board of Directors.

Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.

Courses

Full details can be found in the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Leadership in Action
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
LIA 101Leadership in Action (Eight Semesters)Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 100Destiny and Calling3
BIB 101Old Testament Survey3
BIB 103New Testament Survey3
BIB 104Hermeneutics3
BIB 201Writings of John3
THE 101Introduction to Theology3
THE 201Kingdom of God3
Total Credit Hours:21
General Studies Nonelectives

All Students Must Take ENG 111 & ENG 112

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENG 111College Writing3
ENG 112Research and Writing3
Total Credit Hours:6
General Studies Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CNS 130Introduction to Counseling3
ELE 101Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ELE 102Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ENG 101Effective Communication3
HST 101Church History I3
HST 201Church History II3
HUM 130Communicating to Oral Cultures3
MIS 301Cultural Anthropology3
MTH 211College Mathematics3
PHL 101Philosophy and Worldview3
PHL 102World Religions3
SCI 301Creation Science3
SCI 310Biology3
Total Credit Hours:9
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MTH 211College Mathematics3
SCI 301Creation Science3
SCI 310Biology3
Total Credit Hours:3
Leadership Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CLG 113Leadership Habits & Attitudes I3
CLG 114Leadership Habits & Attitudes II3
CLG 145Leadership Practicum I(a)1.5
CLG 146Leadership Practicum I(b)1.5
CLG 201Spiritual Formation3
CLG 247Leadership Practicum II(a)1.5
CLG 248Leadership Practicum II(b)1.5
CLG 260Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I3
CLG 261Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II3
LEA 201Ethics3
LEA 202Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership3
LEA 210Christian Leadership3
LEA 240Research and Analysis for Leadership3
LEA 310Introduction to Organizational Leadership3
PHL 120Philosophy of Leading Teams3
Total Credit Hours:6
Ministry Electives

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HST 320History of Missions3
HUM 130Communicating to Oral Cultures3
MIS 130Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions3
MIS 200Missions and the Local Church3
MIS 201World Missions3
MIS 202Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus3
MIS 301Cultural Anthropology3
MIS 311Cross Cultural Ministry II: Middle East Focus3
MIS 401Preparation for a Career in Missions3
PHL 101Philosophy and Worldview3
Total Credit Hours:15

Admissions

Admissions section: To become a student at GCD, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    * applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to registrar@gcd.edu, or by mail to our physical address:

Grace College of Divinity
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

If you are a student transfering from another college or university, click here for more information.

Emalee’s Story

Like most of today’s college students, Emalee leads a busy life. Fitting in time for studies was a challenge on top of work and serving in her local church, but she gleaned many insights that changed her life.

“The Intercultural studies program is made to push the student to see different cultures in a new light. This was great for me because it showed me how to properly research cultures, as well as understand what they believe based off of the culture as a whole.”

Take Your Next Step

Flexible, Low-Cost Learning

Complete a degree without going into debt

69% of GCD students receive financial aid or scholarships, and the GI Bill is accepted. Our generous transfer credit policy helps students move quickly toward their degree. All of GCD’s certificates and degrees can be completed online.

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at GCD can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.