School of Intercultural Studies

The Intercultural Studies program is designed to prepare emerging leaders for successful global leadership and ministry across a variety of cultural contexts. The I.S. Program offers a 30-credit-hour (one-year) Certificate in Intercultural Studies, a 60-credit-hour (two-year) Associate of Arts in Intercultural Studies, and a 120-credit-hour (four-year) Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies. Also, transfer students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree from an approved college or university may apply to the Bachelor of Arts Transfer Program, a focused core program consisting of approximately 60 credit hours.

Program Objectives

This program will do the following:

  • 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; and
  • Equip the student with an understanding of historical and Biblical models and figures of intercultural leadership with their implications in a global context.

First-year program:
ENG 110 (College Writing) is an eight-week online course that teaches the basics of college writing including Chicago Style Research Paper format. As of Fall 2016, this course must be taken by all new students (in all certificate and degree programs) during the first semester a student is enrolled at GCD. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for students who successfully complete a free week-long on-campus writing workshop (usually held in Fayetteville the week before classes begin in August and January) — all first-year Fayetteville Experience interns are required to take the on-campus workshop; on rare occasions, exceptions to the ENG 110 course requirement may be made for students who provide a 4-5-page student-written sample of a Chicago Style research paper. This paper must be submitted to the GCD Academic Department or Admissions Department. Students who have this ENG 110 requirement waived will take an elective course instead.
 

YEAR 1 – Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (Same as Certificate and Year 1 of Associates)

FALL SEMESTER (Semester 1):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum 1(a): This class is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real-life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
CLG 101 Destiny and Calling: This course explores God’s calling on the life of the individual. Topics considered are spiritual gifts, talents, personality, and passions, with the aim of discovering God’s destiny for each student. 3
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I: This course aids the student in leadership development. Students will explore foundational practices and principles to help them influence others within the workplace, church ministry, and interpersonal relationships. 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology: This course examines the vocabulary and language of theology to include a basic introduction to doctrines such as the authority of Scripture, the doctrine of God, the Holy Trinity, the doctrine of Man, the nature of Scripture, the essence of God, and the principles by which God relates to man. 3
       MIS 130 Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions: This course is a systematic, interactive training approach for preparing short-term missions ministry teams. The student is challenged to develop a Biblical philosophy for training short-term teams and will be given a model to help each team produce maximum impact on those served as well as on the sending local church. 3

 

 

SPRING SEMESTER (Semester 2):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum 1(b): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 1(a). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II: This course aids the student in self-leadership. This course is a stand-alone course that does not require Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I as a prerequisite. Students will interact with various types of mentors in one-on-one and small group settings as well as read and discuss books for the purpose of developing the necessary personal values, qualities, and life skills to effectively lead themselves and thus have the ability lead others. 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication: A study of communicating with others is a basis for good communication in ministry. This is a basic English class that provides a review of grammar and the mechanics of language. 3
MIS 200 Missions and the Local Church: In this course, the work of missions is explored in its connection to the local church and its ministries. Effective mission concepts are discussed as well as implementing strategic planning for the local church to be successful in global outreach from the base of the local church. 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology: This course is a study of the basic principles of cultural anthropology and its missionary and theological implications. It provides a basis for the understanding of other peoples and their cultures to be able to live and work effectively among them. 3
MIS 302 Communicating the Relevance of God’s Story: This course examines the development and use of oral strategies, particularly the use of Bible Storying in training people who cannot, will not, or do not communicate through written means, to evangelize, disciple, and plant churches. The student will be involved in a discovery process involving learning to effectively teach those who prefer to communicate orally in ways that they will understand, respond to, and be able to reproduce. The purpose of this course is to explore from a Biblical perspective effective methods of gospel presentation and leadership development among diverse learning groups. 3

 

 

TOTAL: 30 Credit Hours

 

 

 

 

YEAR 2 – Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (Same as Year 2 of Associates)

 

FALL SEMESTER (Semester 3):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum 2(a): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 1(b). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey: This course is an introduction and overview of the Old Testament as a literary unit and examines its nature, contents, and historical context. 3
PHL 102 World Religions: Religions and cults with their roots in the line or doctrine of Judeo-Christianity are reviewed in this course. Studies of heresies in the early church, such as Gnosticism, are applied in the context of modern cults. 3
ENG 102 Writing & Research: This course provides an overview of research methods used in paper writing with the purpose of self-discovery, publishing papers, debate, and the advancement of the student’s ability to communicate effectively using this medium. 3
HST 320 History of Missions: This course examines the history of missions in the Christian Church and includes the impact of culture, religion, and philosophical structures. 3

 

 

SPRING SEMESTER (Semester 4):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
MIS 202 Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus: This course will provide an overview of religion in other cultures, including historical background, development, spread, diversity, and why it has such a worldwide appeal. We will examine the main beliefs and practices of other religions in diverse cultures, noting similarities and crucial differences with Christianity. Special attention will be given to develop Christ-like attitudes and approaches for effective ministry in these contexts. Various avenues for sharing the gospel will be explored and discussed. For some semesters (when possible), students taking this course may be invited to go on a mission’s trip in another country pending the student’s ability to raise financial support for the trip. 3
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum 2(b): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 2(a). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
BIB 103 New Testament Survey: This course is a study of the books of the New Testament with an emphasis on the major doctrines. The cultural and historical context as well as the literary genre and Theological contributions of each book are examined in depth. 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview: In this course, students explore Western Philosophy and its impact on history. Worldviews, philosophical/societal roots and their impact on culture and religion will also be examined. 3
MIS 201 World Missions: In this course, the student gains a broad perspective in the following critical areas of missiology: Biblical, historical, cultural, strategic, and devotional. In addition, we will examine the changing face of missions in the new millennium and look ahead to the trends and issues affecting missions in today’s modern world. The instruction will be presented by lecture, reading, classroom and team research, classroom discussion, video and guest speakers. 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I: This course covers the doctrine of the authority of Scripture, the doctrine of God, the Holy Trinity, the doctrine of Man, the nature of Scripture, the essence of God, and the principles by which God relates to man. 3

 

 

TOTAL: 60 Credit Hours

 

 

 

 

YEAR 3 – Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

 

FALL SEMESTER (Semester 5):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 347 Leadership Practicum 3(a): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 2(b). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
BIB 104 Hermeneutics: Basic rules and methods of the art and science of Biblical interpretation are studied in this course, as well as an overview of the history and methods of hermeneutics. 3
HIST 101 Church History I: This overview of western civilization and culture begins with the inception of Christianity. Ancient and medieval history, society, theology, and philosophy are examined as well as major developments, trends and heresies. Key historical figures are studied with special attention given to the role of the Spirit of God and the church. 3
SCI 301 Creation Science: This course is an exploration of the science of creation in comparison with the evolution theory. Scientific method and concepts are applied as well as empirical evidence for the Genesis account of creation.. 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God: This course is a study of the teachings of Jesus on the essence and form of the Kingdom of God. 3

 

 

SPRING SEMESTER (Semester 6):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 348 Leadership Practicum 3(b): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 3(a). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
BIB 303 Book of Romans: This is an in-depth study of this particular theological masterpiece. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of Pauline theology. 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership: This class will introduce the student to leadership theory and practice. The course will include studying various leadership theories and approaches to assist the student to identify their own leadership strengths and weaknesses. In addition, this course will explore leadership ethics and learning organizations to prepare the student for diverse leadership roles. 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership: This examination of leadership and the Scriptures focuses on leadership style rather than church order. It seeks to recover from Paul’s critical responses, his generic ethos of church leadership, including the ideal qualities, characteristics and task of leaders and the nature of appropriate interaction and engagement with followers. 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics: This course is college-level math with emphasis on math concepts as well as the practical application of these concepts. 3
MIS 311 Cross-Cultural Ministry II: This course teaches methods and background needed for doing ministry in certain specific hard-to-reach cultures. 3

 

 

TOTAL: 90 Credit Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR 4 – Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies

 

FALL SEMESTER (Semester 7):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 447 Leadership Practicum 4(a): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 3(b). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
HIST 201 Church History II: This overview of western civilization and culture begins with the Reformation and the Renaissance. Modern history, society, philosophy, and theology are examined. The course also examines major developments, trends, and heresies. Key historical figures are studied, with special attention given to the role of the Spirit of God and the church. 3
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society: This course examines the Biblical directives for marriage and the family. The place of family in society are explored along with its historical and cultural implications. Healthy and dysfunctional families are examined. 3
LEA 420 Global and Cross-Cultural Leadership: This class is designed to define global diversity and culture, as well as assist the student to develop global proficiencies. This will include learning how to communicate cross-culturally, work on global teams, manage cross-cultural conflict, and problem solve in global organizations. This course will focus on how to develop oneself as a global leader, and additionally how to develop an organization’s global competence 3
LEA 201 Ethics: The course will concentrate on the foundational sources in biblical ethics and examine the moral significance of major biblical events and themes. It will show how these foundational sources and themes guide ethical understanding concretely by examining the law, its relevance today, and one or more pressing issues of the day (e.g. ecology, immigration, poverty, among others).

 

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SPRING SEMESTER (Semester 8):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 448 Leadership Practicum 4(b): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 4(a). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
THE 202 Systematic Theology II: This course presents the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of the application of salvation, eschatology, the inherent nature of man and his need for a savior, and some of the essential practices of the Church. 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar: This is a capstone course for seniors that is designed to help students think reflectively and critically on their learning experiences in college. Utilizing research, writing, and special projects, students will integrate their learning experiences with their life goals and with the school’s mission and demonstrate that they have met key institutional objectives for life and ministry. 3
LEA 440 Collaborative Teams and Innovation: This course will focus on collaborative leadership, which will include studying collaboration, collaborative teams, and the challenges and potentials of teams. In addition, the student will learn when collaborative teams would be beneficial, and determine how to become a collaborative leader. 3
CLG 410

 

Homiletics: This course gives basic instruction in the preparation of teachings and sermons. Techniques for developing a powerful pulpit ministry are presented and applied. 3

 

 

 

MIS 401 Preparation for a Career in Missions: This course will focus on best practices for applying missions theory to include effective Kingdom stewardship and leadership on the missions field. 3

 

 

TOTAL: 120 Credit Hours

Pre-approved Course Substitutions

(for transfer students and those who change majors)

 

Course # Course Name Credit Hours Course Sub # Course Sub Name Credit Hours
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3 BIB 201 Writings of John 3
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3 LEA 201 or CLG 410 Ethics or

Homiletics

3
   
CLG 145 & CLG 146 Leadership Practicum 1(a) and 1(b) 1.5 for each course ENG 110 College Writing 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self Leadership II 3 CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 247 & CLG 248 Leadership Practicum 2(a) and 2(b) 1.5 for each course LEA 201 Ethics 3
           
HST 304 Survey of Music History 3 HST 101 Church History I 3
CLG 347 & CLG 348 Leadership Practicum 3(a) and 3(b) 1.5 for each course CNS 220 or LEA 220 Psychology of a Leader

or Mentoring and Coaching

3
CLG 447 & CLG 448 Leadership Practicum 4(a) and 4(b) 1.5 for each course CNS 220 or LEA 220 Psychology of a Leader

or Mentoring and Coaching

3