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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.


Ascent has 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!



CourseGeneral Education42 CR
GEN 102Orientation & Library Resources
ENG 101Grammar & Composition3
ENG 102Composition & Literature3
ENG 105Academic Writing & Critical Research3
MAT 115Elements of Math3
GEN 400Senior Seminar1
HIS 201American History I3
HIS 202American History II3
SCI 101Life Science
HIS 220History of the Christian Church3
PSY 202Intro to Psychology & Christian Counseling3
COM 101Speech Communication3
COM 201Social Media & Digital Discipleship3
HUM 301Contemporary Moral Issues3
SOC 400Marriage & Family3
MIN 275Non-Profit Financial Management3
MIS 303Cross-Cultural Anthropology3
LAN 201Intro to Biblical Languages3
GEN 401Senior Seminar & Career Preparedness0
CourseGeneral Bible/Ministry42 CR
BIB 105Old Testament Survey3
BIB 110New Testament Survey3
BIB 150 Hermeneutics3
BIB 215Luke & Acts3
BIB 313Pauline Epistles3
BIB 400Bible Review III0
 MIN 103 Spiritual Formation I3
 MIN 104 Spiritual Formation II3
MIN 112Relational Outreach & Personal Evangelism3
MIN 212Personal Christian Ethics3
MIN 245Principles of Christian Leadership Development3
THE 212Theology I: Spirit-Empowered Theology3
THE 230Eschatology3
THE 301Theology II: Word & Doctrine3
MIS 220The Biblical & Theological Basis for Missions3
CourseConcentration Courses36 CR
MIS 103World Religions3
MIS 105Missions and the Local Church3
MIS 301History of Missions3
MIS 302Mission Call & Preparation3
MIS 305Intro to Urban Missions3
MIS 405Leadership & Strategy of Missions3
MIS 410Contextualized Theory3
MIS 421Contemporary  Missions Issues3
PRA 100Practicum I*3
PRA 200Practicum II3
PRA 312Missions 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.

Head Office

PO Box 690, Gainesville, VA 20156-0690

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.