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Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Intercultural Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Intercultural Studies is a four-year program designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the Bible and equip them for effective cross-cultural ministry. The program includes intensive study in three academic areas: Bible/theology, general education, and intercultural studies.

Program Director: Mr. Joel Hernandez

Program Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible/Theology major outcomes, the student will be equipped in:

  1. Cross-cultural Adjustment: Students will demonstrate the ability to adjust successfully to a foreign culture by: overcoming culture shock, making measurable progress in language-learning, bonding with foreign nationals, and adjusting to life and ministry abroad.
  2. Cross-cultural Communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the Gospel cross-culturally by: understanding cultural and religious contexts, performing ethnographic cultural research, synthesizing ethnographic research into a worldview, evangelize and disciple cross-culturally, and producing a contextualized Gospel message.
  3. Cross-cultural Leadership: Students will demonstrate the ability to lead cross-culturally by: applying New Testament Church principles to Christian communities, evaluating controversial missiological issues and formulating their personal stance, demonstrating servant leadership and solving problems inherent in cross-cultural situations.

Program Admission Requirements:

  1. Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Prior to the sophomore year, declare a major in Bible and Theology and Intercultural Studies.
  3. At the beginning of the sophomore year, apply for entrance into the Intercultural Studies program. The application procedure includes completion of a formal application. After the application has been received, the Intercultural Studies faculty will review it. Their decision will be delivered to the student by means of a formal letter.
  4. During the spring semester of the sophomore year, make application for the Intercultural Studies internship program.
  5. Pay all applicable fees for this major as determined by the Business office and published in the annual statement of fees.

Intercultural Studies Degree Requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 128.5 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 65 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
  • Bible/Theology (39 credits)
    • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
    • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
    • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
    • Christian Life & Bible Study Methods (BT 110)
    • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
    • Hermeneutics (BT 250)
    • Theology 1 (BT 205)
    • Theology 2 (BT 210)
    • Theology 3 (BT 305)
    • Theology 4 (BT 310)
    • Apologetics (BT 350)
    • Bible and Theology Electives
  • Educational Ministries (3 credits)
    • Teaching Bible (EM 221)
  • Inter-Area Studies (4.5 credits)
    • Transitions Seminar (IAS 101)
    • Servant Leader Training (IAS 102/3-402/3)
    • Chapel Attendance (IAS 110)
  • Intercultural Studies (45 credits)
    • History of Missions (ICS 106)
    • Missions and Evangelism 1 (ICS 104)
    • Missions and Evangelism 2 (ICS 214) 
    • Missionary Life & Work (ICS 212)
    • Church Planting and Growth (ICS 310)
    • Cross-Cultural Communication (ICS 330)
    • Urban Ministries (ICS 361)
    • Cross-Cultural Internship (ICS 422)
    • Cross-Cultural Leadership (ICS 441)
    • Issues in Missions (ICS 451)
    • Context Studies Elective
    • ICS Elective
  • Humanities (15 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
    • English Composition (ENG 101)
    • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
    • Introduction to Philosophy: Christian Worldview* (PH 106)
    • World Religions (REL 308)
  • Social Sciences (12 credits)
    • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 103)
    • Western Civilization 2 (HIS 132)
    • Cultural Anthropology (SOC 314)
    • Social Science Elective
  • Natural Sciences (10 credits)
    • Introduction to Human Biology (SCI 241)
    • Introduction to Human Biology Lab (SCI 242)
    • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
    • Math or Science Elective

*meets Bible-Related requirement

Award: Bachelor of Science