Bachelor of Science in Intercultural Studies

Why major in Intercultural Studies at CIU?

Because wherever in the world God is leading you, the Intercultural Studies (ICS) program at Columbia International University can take you there. You will be prepared to effectively serve in international and cross-cultural ministry, marketplace, or mission opportunities. Plus, the ICS professors know what they are talking about – not just from a text book – but from personal experience. They have served in a variety of capacities all over the globe; from international business development to spreading the gospel in Muslim nations. They will help you develop the skills of interpreting culture and how to relate to people cross-culturally, as you study the strategies necessary to flourish in cross-cultural settings. 

Your Future  

The career possibilities that come with a degree in Intercultural Studies include:

  • Government: diplomatic positions in U.S. embassies overseas

  • Military: chaplaincy

  • Church: mission pastors; ethnic outreach coordinators

  • Missions: short-term to long-term missions in any cross-cultural setting anywhere in the world; mission agency office support; mission mobilizer; Bible teacher, church planter, discipler, evangelist; Bible translator; linguist

  • Business: entry-level positions in non-governmental organizations or transnational corporations; tentmakers/business as mission or other creative-access platform overseas; marketing specialist

  • Education: international Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) instructor; K-12 TEFL teacher; cross-cultural sensitivity consultant in educational environments

  • International Community Development: entry-level positions in community development organizations

Your Next Step

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.


Degree Program Faculty

David Cashin, professor of Intercultural Studies at CIU

David G. Cashin

Professor of Intercultural Studies

B.A., Gordon College; M.A., Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh; M.A., Ph.D., Stockholm University, Sweden


Trevor Castor

Trevor Castor

Managing Director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies

B.A., Columbia International University; M.A., Columbia International University; PhD, Australian College of Theology


Photo of Victor Cuartas

Victor Cuartas

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

D.Min. Regent University; Ph.D. Columbia International University


Joe LeTexier, Professor of TESOL/Linguistics

Joe LeTexier

Professor of TESOL/Linguistics

B.A., Crown College; M.A., M.Div., Columbia International University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina


Ed Smither, Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at CIU

Ed Smither

Dean, College of Intercultural Studies

B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A., M.Div.,Liberty University; Ph.D., University of Wales-Trinity Saint David; Ph.D., University of Pretoria



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