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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.

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

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

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

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

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

Develop strategies for evangelizing people groups of the world.

Develop mentoring relationships with other missionaries.




Course General Education 42 CR
GEN 102 Orientation & Library Resources
ENG 101 Grammar & Composition 3
ENG 102 Composition & Literature 3
ENG 105 Academic Writing & Critical Research 3
MAT 115 Elements of Math 3
GEN 400 Senior Seminar 1
HIS 201 American History I 3
HIS 202 American History II 3
SCI 101 Life Science
HIS 220 History of the Christian Church 3
PSY 202 Intro to Psychology & Christian Counseling 3
COM 101 Speech Communication 3
COM 201 Social Media & Digital Discipleship 3
HUM 301 Contemporary Moral Issues 3
SOC 400 Marriage & Family 3
MIN 275 Non-Profit Financial Management 3
MIS 303 Cross-Cultural Anthropology 3
LAN 201 Intro to Biblical Languages 3
GEN 401 Senior Seminar & Career Preparedness 0
Course General Bible/Ministry 42 CR
BIB 105 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 110 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 150 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 215 Luke & Acts 3
BIB 313 Pauline Epistles 3
BIB 400 Bible Review III 0
 MIN 103  Spiritual Formation I 3
 MIN 104  Spiritual Formation II 3
MIN 112 Relational Outreach & Personal Evangelism 3
MIN 212 Personal Christian Ethics 3
MIN 245 Principles of Christian Leadership Development 3
THE 212 Theology I: Spirit-Empowered Theology 3
THE 230 Eschatology 3
THE 301 Theology II: Word & Doctrine 3
MIS 220 The Biblical & Theological Basis for Missions 3
Course Concentration Courses 36 CR
MIS 103 World Religions 3
MIS 105 Missions and the Local Church 3
MIS 301 History of Missions 3
MIS 302 Mission Call & Preparation 3
MIS 305 Intro to Urban Missions 3
MIS 405 Leadership & Strategy of Missions 3
MIS 410 Contextualized Theory 3
MIS 421 Contemporary  Missions Issues 3
PRA 100 Practicum I* 3
PRA 200 Practicum II 3
PRA 312 Missions Practicum  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 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.