World and Intercultural Studies

B.S. MajorMinorTeaching Endorsement

World and intercultural studies majors are global thinkers. They look at the connections between nations and peoples and the trends that shape our lives.

At Concordia, you will receive a core of courses to give you an overview of the world around us, through courses exploring the global nature of communication, culture, geography, religions, health, literature and history. You can then focus your courses on your particular area of interest: intercultural ministry, language studies, regional studies or societal and global topics.

Prepare yourself for the challenge of today’s multicultural world and make a difference around the globe!

Graduate cap

98%
graduation placement


World and Intercultural Studies Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • ESL Teacher
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • International Business
  • Missionary
  • International Humanitarian Service

Graduate Schools

  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Concordia Seminary
  • University of California
  • Fulbright Scholar Program

World and Intercultural Studies Faculty

Get Out There

Concordia offers many opportunities for mission trips and study abroad to places like Costa Rica, Guatemala, China, England and more. You can try out your language skills and become immersed in a rich, new culture, and come away with a better understanding of yourself and the world!

Cultural Immersion
Cultural Immersion

Students in the world and intercultural studies program spend 60+ hours in an approved international or intercultural practicum experience. This gives you the chance to explore an area of interest in-depth and on-site as your program capstone, giving you real-world, applicable experience while earning course credit.

Global Opportunities
Global Opportunities

The Global Opportunities (GO!) Center is a one stop location for information on international study, service, and mission opportunities. Learn about different cultures, develop friendships and discover a wider world.

On a Mission
On a Mission

The Mission-Minded Students group at Concordia exists to promote awareness, support and involvement in domestic and international mission opportunities. Besides attending meetings and listening to guest speakers, students can also participate in the Beautiful Feet Mission Conference held annually at one of the Concordia University Systems campuses.

World and Intercultural Studies Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

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    Geog 202 World Regional Geography
    3
    This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the major regions of the world with emphasis on the increasing interconnectedness of people and places due to the influence of globalization on world trade, travel, communication, culture, and the natural environment.
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    PS 211 Global Issues
    3
    A systematic, interdisciplinary analysis of significant contemporary global problems, with focus on their origins, their consequences, and approaches to their resolution. Examination of these issues from the perspective of Christian social principles. Emphasis on the servant–leader growing in awareness and commitment.
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    Bus 111 Entrepreneurship
    3
    The purpose of this course is to provide students with a solid foundation of the role by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global economy. To be examined: assessment, exploration, analysis and celebration of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship in for profit and nonprofit settings.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 2

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    CTA 333 Intercultural Communication
    3
    The study of cultural practices that influence the exchange of meaning between individuals and groups of differing cultural/racial backgrounds. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the uniqueness of cultures, the resulting variations in communication styles and preferences, and to provide strategies and skills for successful communication across cultures. Students will have a 20-hour lab requirement (outside of class) attached to the course.
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    Soc 221 Social Problems
    3
    Examines major social issues in America society, problems of the young and the elderly, alienation, deviant behavior, ecological problems, bureaucratic structure vis-à-vis individual freedom, and social disorganization.
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    Econ 102 Econ 102 Principles of Microeconomics
    3
    Examination of the behavior of microeconomic units such as consumers, firms and industries. Includes analysis of the problems of monopoly, urbanization, income inequality and poverty. International economics and the world economy are discussed.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 3

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    Eng 384 World Literature III
    3
    A survey of significant literature from a variety of world cultures from the late 1800s into the early 21st century. Included are representative writers from the modern and post-modern eras in developed countries and the developing world. Structural experimentation in these literary works is also explored.
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    GMC 280 Missional Leadership
    3
    This course will give students an overview of biblical leadership and an understanding of their own leadership profile in a mission context. Students will investigate mission principles and best practices, combined with outreach methods and mission tools such as asset mapping and writing strategies for engagement in various mission outreach settings.
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    HHP 484 Community Health
    3
    A survey of community health education and promotion including an examination of the nature, extent and contributing factors of major community health issues and problems. The purpose, function, organization and administration of health services at the local, state and federal levels also will be examined.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 4

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    Theo 385 Parish Visitation and Evangelism
    3
    The Theology of the Church’s mission and the practice of visitation and evangelism ministries within the setting of a parish are the focus of this course. Methods of visitation and programs and techniques of personal evangelism will be explored. Skills in speaking the Gospel will be developed.
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    GMC 290 Cross-Cultural Perspectives
    2
    This course provides for the practical application of Biblical principles for mission, offering cross-cultural perspectives and structures for lowering cross-cultural barriers and ethnocentric postures to make engagement and partnership successful in domestic or international mission. Students will actively participate in building cross-cultural perspective and reflection.
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    Soc 331 The Family
    3
    The family as a basic social institution with special references to changing family structure and function. Special attention is given to changing social roles of family members and their impact upon other institutions such as the school and the church. Sem. I only.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 5

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    HHP 489 Global Health
    3
    This course provides an introduction to important global health issues, including health determinants and key areas of disease burden currently affecting the developing world and the role that new health technologies can play in solving these problems.
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    Chns 101 Beginning Mandarin I
    3
    The purpose of this beginner’s course is to train the student to function successfully in Chinese culture using Mandarin as a language through the development of communication skills that cross ethnic and cultural boundaries and an understanding of Chinese interpersonal behavior and related thought. This course focuses on basic speaking and listening skills, vocabulary, and grammar; it requires the student to demonstrate a level of cultural understanding suitable for correct performance of assigned tasks in Chinese.
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    Geog 315 Environmental Science
    3
    This course provides a broad introduction to the field of environmental science. Topics include global warming, energy issues, food and agriculture, biofuels, pollution, wildlife management and conservation, human population, and natural systems.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 6

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    Soc 201 Cultural Anthropology
    3
    A survey of cultural anthropology with emphasis on culture, cultural diversity, social structure, social system components, language and communication, socio-linguistics, social control, and cultural change.
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    Chns 102 Beginning Mandarin II
    3
    This course continues the Mandarin language and Chinese culture training initiated in Chns 101 with more advanced topics in Mandarin conversational proficiency, vocabulary, and grammar. This course incorporates speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills; the student will learn to read and write a number of Chinese characters and the pinyin system. As in Chns 101, the course requires the student to demonstrate a level of cultural understanding suitable for correct performance of assigned tasks in Chinese.
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    Geog 391 Urban Geography
    3
    The spatial evaluation of cities; including the history, site and situation, external relations, internal characteristics, the rise of urban centers, comparative aspects of cities, their present development and urban problems are examined.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 7

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    Theo 450 Understanding and Teaching the Bible
    3
    This course gives attention to the role of the Bible in faith formation, hermeneutical principles, ways of teaching the Bible, Bible study programs, small group study, resources, and ways of promoting personal, family, and congregational involvement with the Bible.
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    GMC 270 Mission of God
    3
    This course provides students with an introductory overview of Christian mission practice as part of God’s saving work in the world, including theology, history, methodology, and anthropology, to provide perspective and skills needed to be involved in and supportive of mission in every vocation.
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    Hist 303 Modern China
    3
    This course examines the history of modern China from 1800 to the present day. It begins with an analysis of the Late Qing Dynasty (1800-1911) and assesses the forces that led to the demise of the Manchus and ushered in a period of revolution and political unrest. Topics to be examined include the Qing Dynasty, the Opium War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Republican Revolution of 1911, peasant rebellion, western imperialism, the Civil War, the emergence of the People’s Republic of China (1949) and the effects of free trade and globalization in China today.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 8

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    GMC 490 Capstone Experience
    3
    Student complete a capstone experience – a 3 hour self-directed study with at least 60 hours spent in an approved international or intercultural practicum experience. In addition, students will complete readings and responses, an activity log, journal, reflection paper and an oral presentation summarizing learnings gained from this experience.
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    Theo 390 World Religions: The Gospel in a Pluralistic World
    3
    A survey of major world religions, highlighting their origins, history and worldview, and assessing the impact of each upon world culture.
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    Theo 489 Ministry in a Changing World
    3
    This course analyzes and evaluates selected societal issues, examining and assessing how Christians as the Church are responding or might respond to them. Using theological foundations of Law and Gospel, the student will reflect thoughtfully on the character of Christian discipleship in the contemporary world and examine and refine his or her understanding of individual and corporate ministry. This course does not seek to impose ready-made answers to the issues studied, but to stimulate questions and serious reflection on the character of Christian discipleship in the face of significant social issues in today’s global community.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6