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Intercultural Studies

  • Available as major (B.A. degree)
    Teach English in China. Work among a native tribe in Central America. Be involved in international business. Serve at an inner city mission in Chicago. Join the staff of a nonprofit organization. Volunteer on a medical mission team. Have you ever imagined yourself serving in one of these ways? We are ready to help prepare you for that service.

  • Different cultures have much to teach you.

    Expand your view of the world through your study of other cultures. Combine your knowledge about races, languages and religions with your own faith. Discover surprising similarities. Learn about common differences and misunderstandings.

    Analyze and research cultures and countries, looking at them throughout history. Consider how they have evolved and exist today.

    Learn more about other people groups, and how your culture bonds and interacts with them. Examine the impact of race, culture, language and other factors on interactions among people and nations.

    Analyze the differences in and barriers to communication. Look closer at the reality of discrimination, prejudices, racism and conflict negotiations.

    At Olivet, you can: 

    • Study missions, ethnic relations, theology, international relations.
    • Add perspectives from cultural anthropology, social justice, cross-cultural experiences, studies of world religions and communication to your learning.
    • Volunteer to serve in cross-cultural ministries or overseas mission trips.
    • Relate with Olivet students and faculty members who are from other countries and cultures.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    A cross-cultural ministry field experience is a degree requirement. This gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom.

    Study abroad programs provide opportunity for experiencing the Christian faith in other cultures and countries.

    Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sponsors student mission trips to serve people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America as well as in the U.S.


    If you are: 

    • curious about the world and its peoples
    • nonjudgmental
    • a person who loves to learn
    • creative
    • self-directed
    • willing to take the initiative
    • strong in research and communication skills

    then consider the Intercultural Studies program to help you grow in these and many other areas.

    Possible careers include: social services worker, professor, community outreach manager, Bible translation, church planter, advocate for nonprofit religious organization

    Intercultural Studies is within the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.