Intercultural Studies

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Equipping cross-cultural servant leaders

Study Intercultural Studies at LBC

Reaching the World for Christ

If you have a heart for the nations, a deep love for other cultures and people, or simply feel a burden to serve internationally, consider how God might be calling you to serve Him in missions and beyond.

The God of the Bible is a missionary God. And as Christians, we're called to go and preach the gospel. But how, exactly, do you prepare for that type of calling? Through LBC's intercultural studies major, you'll learn more about God through our blend of Bible curriculum and major courses, all designed to give you a deeper understanding of what it means to be a missionary, no matter where you are. You'll also get the chance to serve abroad through a range of missions trips, service projects and cross-cultural internship opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to earn a minor in their area of choosing to further equip them for ministry and service.  

Studying intercultural studies doesn't just prepare you to be a missionary. It's much more than that. Through this major, students develop a heightened awareness of the distinct needs and customs of other cultures, become prepared to serve cross-culturally in a variety of settings, like in churches, schools, government programs, social services and more - and learn about the first-ever missionary: God.

Students in this major have ample opportunity to test out their skills in other cultures. The college organizes Journey Teams to give small groups of students the chance engage in service projects all over the globe. Students also get the chance to apply their classroom knowledge in the field, through internships and practicums that can be completed both nationally and internationally. Our student organization, Student Missionary Fellowship, brings mission-focused students together in fellowship and prayer.  And we also hold an annual Mission Conference to celebrate what God is doing around the world and to challenge the LBC community to get involved in missions both locally and globally. 

So, what are you waiting for? Learn how to change the world by letting God put His love for the world on your heart.

Why Study Intercultural Studies at LBC?

  • Get practical, hands-on experience in local and global ministry settings through internships and practicums. 
  • Enjoy the experience of learning in cross-cultural ministry settings.
  • Study under the teaching of long-time missionaries who have a passion for training the next generation of cross-cultural servant leaders. 

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations . . ." - Matthew 28:19

A Closer Look: Intercultural Studies

Carl Edwards LBC

Carl Edwards ('10): 2016 Distinguished Alumni Service Award Recipient

Carl Edwards is a proud graduate of LBC's Church & Ministry Leadership department and currently serves the director of Cross Connection Youth Center in New Holland, Pennsylvania. "Handling the word is very important. I want to do justice to the text," said Edwards of his ministry and education at LBC. "That was one of the biggest things to me - learning how to read the word, learning how to study it, looking it as literal text and applying it. Next is the relational side of ministry - that's where disciples are made. LBC modeled that for me by having people who poured themselves into me." 

Meet The Faculty

Dr. Ed Scheuerman

Coordinator, Intercultural Studies

"I seek to glorify God by empowering my students to learn and follow God’s will for their lives through the ministries of encouragement, exhortation, and equipping." — Dr. Scheuerman

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Dr. Richard Rhoads

Chair of the Church & Ministry Leadership Department

"Who we are and how we live together is what we teach." — Richard Rhoads

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Careers and Jobs in Intercultural Studies

  • Cross Cultural Ministries
  • Missionary
  • Social work
  • Teaching Abroad

Sample Course Outline

CICS 103 - Relationships in Ministry

This course serves as an introduction to cross-cultural ministry through the lens of relationships. Attention is given to relationships with God, self, family, sending church, sending agency, ministry team, national workers, and national church. This course will prepare students intending to serve cross-culturally to be self-aware and sensitive to others.

ICS 104 - Drawing Near to God

This course introduces the spiritual disciplines within the context of God’s character. Emphasis will be placed on examining the biblical and historical principles and practices contributing to the process of sanctification. Avenues for personal application will be pursued as each student develops a Rule of Life to guide the student in seeking to be transformed into the image of Christ.

ICS 220 - Discipleship/Evangelism

This course is an in-depth study of the essential, biblical principles of evangelism and disciple-making. This highly practical course is designed to enable students to become more effective in sharing the Gospel message and discipling young believers to wholeheartedly follow Jesus Christ.

ICS 210 - Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

This course, developed by the U.S. Center for World Mission, presents a biblical, historical, and cultural analysis of the impact of the world Christian movement, with specific attention given to strategy and the imperative of bringing the gospel to groups that have yet to initially receive it.

ICS 222 - Case Studies in Missions History

This course surveys the history of the expansion of the Church, noting the variations in responses to the Gospel, the influence of personalities, message, methods, politics, and cultural factors. Periods of history and areas of the world are represented by various case studies. Current trends in missions will also be explored.

ICS 331 - Cross-Cultural Communication

This course focuses on verbal and nonverbal communication within and between cultures. Attention is given to the challenges of cross-cultural communication and the solutions necessary to ensure that one’s intended meaning is received by those of another culture.

CML 210 - Fundamentals of Leadership

Building on a foundation of personal character development, this course will overview theological components essential for effective leadership. Student will learn strategies for team building, conflict management and leading change.

CML 350D - Intercultural Studies Internship

This course is an in-service program designed for the purpose of providing direct experience under the mentorship of a qualified professional. The internship is built on the educational principles of instruction, application, and evaluation, by placing students in a supervised period of learning in the context of actual ministry. This experience will enable students to grow in their ability to analyze and evaluate objectively the effectiveness of their efforts and to profit from the evaluations of experienced professionals concerning their skills, attitudes, and understanding.

CML 450D - Intercultural Studies Practicum

This senior year course is an extension of CML 350D Intercultural Studies Internship. The practicum is an in-service program for the purpose of providing a direct cross-cultural missions experience for the student. The student will serve under the supervision of a qualified professional. Development of a personal philosophy of ministry, doctrinal statement, resume, and ministry experience portfolio will serve as a capstone to their preparation for future professional positions.

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