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Intercultural Studies Concentration

Bachelor’s Degree Program

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Graduates in the Intercultural Studies Concentration will:

Demonstrate a passion for local, regional, and global missions and a commitment to serve the people groups of the world.

Understand the spiritual, physical, educational, and financial preparation needed for missionaries.

Articulate a missional theology that encourages all Christians to participate in missions.

Understand the biblical, the theological, and the historical basis of missions.

Appreciate the cross-cultural dynamics of missions and be able to contextualize the salvation message to various target people groups.

Be able to describe the major religions of the world and be able to compare and contrast them with Christianity.

Be able to develop strategies for evangelizing people groups of the world.


New at Ascent -- FlexFocus Scheduling

Two classes, two months, twice a semester.

Pace your pairings to fit your schedule with six, 8-week periods offered throughout the year.

Pursue your education every other term.

String together four back-to-back sessions then take two-off like a traditional school year.

Or, study year-round to complete a Bachelor's program in less time at an accelerated pace.

Focus your education according to the flexibility of your schedule.

The choice is yours!

Course General Education 39 CR
COM 101 Speech Communication 3
ENG 101 Grammar & Compostion 3
ENG 102 Compostion & Literature 3
ENG 201 Academic Writing 2
GEN 100 Freshman Seminar 1
GEN 101 Library Resources 0
GEN 400 Senior Seminar 1
HIS 201 American History I 3
HIS 202 American History II 3
HUM 301 Contemporary Society 3
MAT 115 Elements of Math 3
PSY 200 or SOC 200 3
SCI 100 General Health and Wellness 1
SCI 101 Life Science Lecture 3
SCI 102 Life Science Lab 1
SOC 400 Marriage & Family 3
Behavior Science Elective 3
Course General Bible/Ministry 50 CR
BIB 105 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 110 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 150 Principles of Bible Study I 3
BIB 202 Pentateuch 2
BIB 210 Life & Teachings of Christ 2
BIB 213 Book of Acts 2
 BIB 314  Pauling Epistles 2
 BIB 400  Bible Review III 0
MIN 101 Spiritual Formation I 2
MIN 102 Spiritual Formation II 2
MIN 110 Relational Outreach 2
MIN 211 Christian Ethics 2
MIN 240 Christian Leadership 3
MIN 260  Administration of Ministry 2
MIN 264 Apologetics 3
MIS 100 World Christian Perspectives 3
THE 201 Theology I 3
  Interdisciplinary Electives 11
Course Concentration Courses 41 CR
MIS 103 World Religions 3
MIS 202 Bib. Theo. Basis of Missionary 3
MIS 302 Mission Call & Preparation 3
MIS 303 Cross Cultural Dynamics 3
MIS 304 Intro to Urban Missions 2
MIS 405 Leader & Strategy Missions 3
MIS 421 Contemp. Issues Missions 3
MIS 460 Unreached People Groups 3
PRA 100 Practicum I* 3
PRA 200 Practicum II 3
PRA 304 Practicum III 3
PRA 306 Practicum IV 3
PRA 401 Practiocum V 3
PRA 402 Practicum VI 3

*Practicums are 16-week courses and require 8 hours a week serving in a church.

Statement on Transferability of Credits and Degrees 

Students should be aware that transfer of credits to other institutions is solely at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Students who are considering attending Ascent College and then transferring to another college should contact the receiving institution for its policy on accepting credits from another institution.

Credits earned under the Associate degree offered at Ascent College are not considered credits under a terminal degree and these credits may be transferred to institutions toward a Bachelor degree at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Ascent College takes all credits earned at Ascent College from the Associate degree and applies them toward the Bachelor degree as long as the credits are compatible with the Bachelor degree plan selected.

Ascent College transfers in credit from other colleges in accordance with our Credit Policy.

Statement on Placement Services

Our college office receives many opportunities for various full-time or part-time ministry positions and will assist students in obtaining an interview with employing personnel. No guarantee for placement may be made; however, Ascent College does maintain contact with various denominational offices and may assist students with placement in ministry occupations.

Bachelor’s Concentration Options

Ministerial Leadership Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for leadership positions in their chosen field in ministry.

Biblical Studies Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for teaching positions in the biblical/theological fields in a church ministry and for further graduate studies in biblical/theological fields.

Worship and Worshipping Arts Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for a leadership position in the area of worship in a church ministry.

Christian Counseling Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for advanced studies in the Christian Counseling field or for pastoral care positions.

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PO Box 690, Gainesville, VA 20156-0690

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Ascent College's financial aid school code is 041538. It may display as Bethel College, the former name of Ascent College.


Ascent College admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.