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Intercultural Studies

School of Bible & Ministry


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The Intercultural Studies major prepares students for faithful, dynamic, and effective engagement and ministry in intercultural contexts. Possible careers include serving in churches, on the mission field (domestic and foreign), and with social agencies. Students are prepared to:

  • Reflect holistically upon a given culture and discern the challenges and opportunities for embodying a faithful Christian presence within that culture
  • Approach intercultural engagement in ways that reflect sound theological, philosophical, cultural, political, and practical understandings of ministry
  • Interpret Christian scripture responsibly
  • Identify and critically analyze appropriate sources in academic research
  • Understand and assess contemporary church beliefs and practices in light of church history
  • Develop personal and spiritual maturity necessary for intercultural engagement and ministry

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COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Intercultural Studies major – B.A.

Bible (12 hrs)

  • BIBL 201 Jesus in the Gospels (3 hrs)
  • BIBL 211 Old Testament Images of God (3 hrs)
  • 3 hrs of Old Testament from BIBL 252, 301, 304, 343, 351, 352, 355, 405, or 432
  • 3 hrs of New Testament from BIBL 202, 313, 321, 322, 324, 325, 328, 411, 412, or 452
  • BIBL 295 (Seminar), 489 (Directed Readings), and 495 (Seminar) may be suitable Old or New Testament electives, depending on course content.  Approved seminary courses in Old or New Testament may also serve as electives.

Church History/Theology (9 hrs)

  • HIST 341 and 342 Church History (6 hrs)
  • 3 hrs of electives chosen from BIBL 473, CMIN 271, CMIN 365, HIST/BIBL 323, HIST/BIBL 343, HIST 250, 352, 432, and other approved church history or theology electives.

Intercultural Studies (32 hrs)

  • CMIN 260 Ministry Leadership Seminar (Taken two times, 2 hrs each) (4 hrs)
  • CMIN 270 Fundamentals of Intercultural Studies (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 273 Foundations of Christian Ministry (3 hrs)
  • SOCL 210 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs)
  • SOCL 360 Aspects of Intercultural Studies (3 hrs)
  • POLS 250 American Foreign Policy (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 480 Theological Integration (1 hr)
  • CMIN 491B Intercultural Studies Internship (3 hrs)
  • Nine hours of approved courses in CMIN, PSYC, POLS and SOCL, as well as approved seminary courses, chosen in close consultation with one’s adviser.

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major:

  • 3 hours of social learning
  • 3 hours of ethnic studies

Total number of required hours: 53

In addition to courses in the major, students must complete the General Education Requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described in the 2018-19 catalog.

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Senior Portfolio

Students majoring in Intercultural Studies must compile a portfolio of their work demonstrating their competencies regarding the outcomes listed above.  The final form of this portfolio is compiled, reviewed, and assessed by the Bible Area faculty as part of the required Theological Integration course taken during the final year. Students pursuing double majors must complete the required portfolio for the Intercultural Studies major. 

Intercultural Studies minor

The minor in Intercultural Studies equips students to prepare for a lifetime of service to Christ regardless of their primary field of study.  Because Milligan believes that “every Christian is a minister,” this minor seeks to prepare students to serve effectively as bi-vocational servant-leaders or as voluntary leaders in intercultural contexts.

  • BIBL 201 Jesus in the Gospels (3 hrs)
  • BIBL 211 Old Testament Images of God (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 270 Fundamentals of Intercultural Studies (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 273 Foundations of Christian Ministry (3 hrs)
  • SOCL 210 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs)
  • HIST 341 and 342 Church History (6 hrs)

The following general education requirement is fulfilled in the minor:

  • 3 hours of social learning or 3 hours of ethnic studies

Total number of required hours: 21

 


 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.

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Faculty

Dr. Curtis Booher

Curtis Booher

Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

Phone: 423.461.8778
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Dr. Lee Blackburn

Lee Blackburn

Associate Professor of History and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8493
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 125

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Dr. Craig Farmer

Craig Farmer

Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities; Associate Professor of History and Humanities; Area Chair of Humane Learning; Joel O. and Mabel Stephens Chair of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8942
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 122

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Dr. Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins

Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education; Professor of Sociology and Missions; Area Chair of Social Learning

Phone: 423.461.8739
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 116

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Dr. John Jackson

John Jackson

Associate Professor of Bible and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8794
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 111

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Dr. Ron Kastens

Ron Kastens

Director of Ministry Leadership Program

Phone: 423.461.8492
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Office: McMahan Student Center, Lower Level

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Dr. Philip Kenneson

Philip Kenneson

Associate Dean of the School of Bible and Ministry; Professor of Theology and Philosophy; Area Chair of Biblical Learning; The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries

Phone: 423.461.8797
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 112

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Vera Britton Chair of Bible; Professor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8747
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 120

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Dr. Paul Blowers

Paul Blowers

Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1505
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Jack Holland

Jack Holland

Professor of Christian Ministries; Professor of Christian Care and Counseling - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1526
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Mr. David Kiger

David Kiger

Theological Librarian & Assistant Director of Library Services

Phone: 423.461.1541
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Office: Seminary Library

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Dr. Miriam Perkins

Miriam Perkins

Associate Professor of Theology and Society - Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan

Phone: 423.461.1556
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Dr. Rollin Ramsaran

Rollin Ramsaran

Dean of Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Professor of New Testament

Phone: 423.461.1524
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

Associate Professor of World Mission and New Testament; Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries Program - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1550
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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