INTERCULTURAL STUDIES PROGRAMS

These programs of study are designed to prepare emerging leaders for successful global leadership and ministry across a variety of cultural contexts.

Certificate in Intercultural Studies

Associate of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Certificate in Intercultural Studies

Program Overview

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 certificate program may also count toward one of the bachelor’s degree programs at GCD.

This program of study can be completed entirely online within 1 year for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable graduate students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

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.
Scroll down to read more about the Certificate in Intercultural Studies program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Certificate in Intercultural Studies

2019-2020 Degree Completion Plan
(30 credit hours)

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Two Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 201 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 12
General Studies Nonelective

All Students Must Take ENG 111

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Leadership Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
LEA 201 Ethics 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Ministry Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 130 Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions 3
MIS 200 Missions and the Local Church 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MIS 202 Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MIS 311 Cross Cultural Ministry II: Middle East Focus 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
Total Credit Hours: 12

Associate of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Program Overview

This program will prepare students to engage in missions work in a cross-cultural or global setting. All of the courses within this certificate program may also count toward one of the bachelor’s degree programs at GCD.

A.A.I.S. students will be required to complete a total of 60 credit hours, plus fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

This program of study can be completed entirely online within 2 years for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable graduate students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

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.
Scroll down to read more about the Associate of Arts in Intercultural Studies program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Associate of Arts in Intercultural Studies

2019-2020 Degree Completion Plan
(60 credit hours)

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Four Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 201 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21
General Studies Nonelectives

All Students Must Take ENG 111 & ENG 112

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research and Writing 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
General Studies Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Leadership Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 202 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 240 Research and Analysis for Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
Ministry Electives

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
HST 320 History of Missions 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 130 Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions 3
MIS 200 Missions and the Local Church 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MIS 202 Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MIS 311 Cross Cultural Ministry II: Middle East Focus 3
MIS 401 Preparation for a Career in Missions 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Program Overview

This program is designed to prepare students to engage in missions work in a cross-cultural or global setting. In addition to the 120 hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

The B.A.I.S. degree can be completed entirely online within 4 years for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

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.
Scroll down to read more about the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

2019-2020 Degree Completion Plan
(120 credit hours)

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Eight Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Fifteen Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 201 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 15
Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 210 Book of Hebrews 3
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
BIB 310 Pastoral Epistles 3
BIB 320 Book of Jonah 3
BIB 330 Book of Revelation 3
BIB 401 Book of Mark 3
BIB 411 1 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation 3
ELE 109 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology II 3
Total Credit Hours: 15
General Studies Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-Seven Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society 3
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research for Writing 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HST 320 History of Missions 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
Total Credit Hours: 27
General Studies Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 103 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
ENG 201 The Writings of C.S. Lewis 3
GRK 301 Greek I 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 302 History of Great Leaders 3
HST 304 Survey of Music History 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
Leadership Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
ELE 104 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 105 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
LEA 202 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 230 Strategic Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
LEA 330 Foundations of Marketing 3
LEA 460 Social Entrepreneurship 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
Ministry Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CLG 480 Church Growth 3
CLG 490 Ministry Internship I 3
CLG 491 Ministry Internship II 3
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 211 Introduction to Life Coaching 3
CNS 301 Counseling II 3
ELE 106 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 107 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 108 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
Program Nonelectives

B.A.I.S. Students Take the Following Courses as a Part of Their Major

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar & Capstone 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 420 Global and Cross Cultural Leadership 3
LEA 440 Collaborative Teams and Innovation 3
MIS 130 Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions 3
MIS 200 Missions and the Local Church 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MIS 202 Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus 3
MIS 311 Cross Cultural Ministry II: Middle East Focus 3
MIS 401 Preparation for a Career in Missions 3
Total Credit Hours: 39
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