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: Joel A. Hernandez
In addition to meeting the Bible/Theology major outcomes, the student will be equipped in:
- 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.
- 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 discipling cross-culturally, and producing a contextualized Gospel message.
- 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:
- Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
- Prior to the sophomore year, declare a major in Bible and Theology and Intercultural Studies.
- 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.
- During the spring semester of the sophomore year, make application for the Intercultural Studies internship program.
- 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:
- Complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours.
- A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
- At least 60 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
- Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
- 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 and Worldview (BT 111)
- Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
- Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
- Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
- Theology: God, Creation, and Sin (BT 221)
- Theology: Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (BT 321)
- Theology: The Church and Final Things (BT 331)
- Apologetics (BT 350)
- Biblical Theology Elective
- Bible/Theology Elective*
- Chapel (CCS 110)
- Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
- Educational Ministries (3 credits)
- Teaching Bible** (EM 321) or Homiletics 1** (BT 322)
- Intercultural Studies (42 credits)
- Missions and Evangelism 1** (ICS 104)
- History of Missions (ICS 106)
- Missions and Evangelism 2 (ICS 214)
- Cross-Cultural Adjustment (ICS 212)
- Church Planting and Growth (ICS 310)
- Urban Ministries (ICS 361)
- Cross-Cultural Internship (ICS 422)
- Cross-Cultural Leadership (ICS 441)
- Issues in Missions (ICS 451)
- Context Studies Elective
- ICS Elective
- General Studies (36 credits)
- Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
- Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
- English Composition (ENG 101)
- Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
- Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
- Senior Seminar (FND 410)
- Western Civilization (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 (HIS 235)
- College Mathematics (MAT 140)
- World Religions (REL 308)
- Biological Science and Lab (SCI 245) or Earth Science and Lab (SCI 235)
- Cultural Anthropology (SOC 314)
- Cross-Cultural Communication (ICS 330)
- General Studies Elective
*must be a book study elective
**meets Bible-Related requirement
Award: Bachelor of Science