Intercultural Studies Major

Learn about and meet the people of God’s creation in a way you’ve never seen before.

The Intercultural Studies major is designed to prepare and stretch students to learn and understand more about different cultural, ethnic and religious groups and equip you to reach the nations and make disciples.

Your vision of what God is doing in the world will expand as you learn from seasoned intercultural leaders who have spent much of their lives living and working in other countries. And you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience doing cross-cultural work right here in the diverse communities of Minnesota and abroad.

Intercultural Studies Internship

One of the distinguishing requirements of the Intercultural Studies degree is participating on the Intercultural Studies Internship. The ICS internship is typically an 8-week overseas experience led by a Northwestern professor and includes visiting several countries, learning about and interacting with a variety of cultures and religious groups. Past groups have visited China, Thailand and SE Asia, the Pacific Rim, Europe and Africa.

The goal of the internship is to give students real exposure to global missions. The ICS Internship typically travels every fall, from mid-October to mid-December.

The first half of the semester is spent in a Preparation Workshop and other courses that help students get ready for what they are about to experience.

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Students Speak

“Learning to see through a multicultural lens is not something that happens over night. I have been pushed and stretched to see things in new ways and I am so thankful for that! Not only have I been culturally stretched, but I have grown so much in my spiritual life from the encouragement of my professors and peers. I am a much more rounded Christian and ready to apply what I have learned in the field since attending Northwestern.”

Megan – Fairborn, Ohio

What classes will I take?

  • Biblical Theology of Mission
  • Contemporary Religious Movements
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Leadership in Ministry
  • Race and Ethnicity in America
  • Urban Intercultural Studies
  • World Religions

What can I do with this major?

  • Church Planter
  • Church Staff Member
  • Community Organization Director (Intercultural)
  • Ethnic/International Coordinator
  • Cross cultural Evangelism and Discipleship
  • Relief and Development
  • Government
  • Educational Assistant (Multi-ethnic)
  • House Parent in MK School
  • Language Translation Specialist*
  • Missions
  • English Teacher (Overseas)
  • Overseas Business Management
  • Refugee Resettlement