Intercultural Studies

Associate of Arts

Develop a strong biblical theology of mission for practical engagement in a world that needs to know Jesus Christ. Learn skills for understanding both the uniqueness of the world's different cultures and the increasing interconnectedness of these different social contexts through processes often referred to as globalization.

This degree is designed to provide initial preparation for students interested in careers and ministry of a cross-Wes and kids.jpgcultural nature. The program draws on the disciplines of Biblical Studies and Theology, and courses in the divisions of Arts and Science and Christian Ministry in order to introduce students to a critical understanding of the challenges of living and working in a culture other than their own. Students learn about how to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries while avoiding an ethnocentric perspective.

Graduation Requirements

  • the completion of 63 credit hours of study
  • the completion of the AA core requirements
  • two semesters of Service Learning
  • the completion of 24 credit hours of Intercultural Studies requirements


Program Requirements

(63 credit hours)

AA Core Curriculum

(30 credit hours)

Intercultural Studies

(24 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
CM 105 Perspectives in Mission 3
One course from the following:
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
GLST 200 Intercultural Communication
GLST 301 Globalization
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present
Six courses from the following:
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology (if not taken above)
ANTH 310 Ethnography
CM 401 The Church and its Mission
CM 405 Current Issues in Mission
ECON 101 Macroeconomics
ENG 322 World Literatures in English
GLST 200 Intercultural Communication (if not taken above)
GLST 301 Globalization (if not taken above)
HIS 320 Imperial Russia
HIS 321 Twentieth-Century Russia
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present (if not taken above)
HIS 351 Islamic History and Society in the Classical Era
HIS 352 Islamic History and Society in the Medieval and Modern Eras
HIS 361 History of the Modern Middle East
HIS 362 History of Modern South Asia
HIS/NTST 430 Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada
HIS 451 History of Christian-Muslim Relations
LING 105 Introduction to TESOL
LING 300 Language Analysis and Acquisition
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
RLST 311 World Religions
SOC 396 Urban Sociology
THEO 370 Theology of Mission

Free Electives

(9-15 credit hours)

SL 1-2 Service Learning non-credit

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Tim Stabell
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Tim grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the son of American Baptist missionaries. He gave his life to Christ early in life, and after graduating from the American School of Kinshasa in 1969, he went to Easter College, where he did a BA in Sociology under Tony Campolo at Eastern Baptist College (now Eastern University). It was during his subsequent MAR studies at Westminster Seminary that he felt the Lord was leading him to mission work in the country where he had grown up. On the way there, he met Susan, and they were married in 1982. They have four children, all born during the years that they were working in Congo (1982 to 1996).

After that time in Congo, Tim went on to do a PhD in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, completing that degree in 2005. This was the same year that he began teaching at Briercrest, where he is program coordinator (with Alan Guenther) of the Intercultural Studies program. During the summers, he often returns to the Congo where he continues to be involved in teaching and leadership training at various levels.

Alan Guenther
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Alan Guenther's interest in the history of Islam is based in large measure on the four years he lived in Pakistan from 1988 to 1992 while serving as a missionary with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). Upon returning from Pakistan, he pursued academic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal, completing both his graduate degrees there.

The focus of his research has been the historical development of the Muslim community in British India in the late 19th century as well as the interaction of Muslims with Christian missionaries in that time period. His involvement in Mennonite, Plymouth Brethren, and, most recently, Free Methodist churches has also stimulated him to research in their histories and become involved in their historical societies. Since 2005, he has had the opportunity to teach courses not only on the history of Islam, but also on the history of Christianity more broadly at Briercrest College and Seminary in his home province of Saskatchewan.