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Online Intercultural Studies (Missions) Courses

INCS 4330   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Missiology

This course is an intercultural exercise in learning how to personally engage a new population with the good news of the gospel, the course focuses on the role of the individual who serves others in a cross-cultural environment and analyzes issues of cultural adaptation, language acquisition, and contextualization of gospel witness. Helpful insights are given to improve inter-cultural skills because of the multicultural nature of modern society and most local church settings. Fall, Online.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online
  • Prerequisite: None.

INCS 4331   (3-3-0)   Cross-Cultural Living and Ministry

The course provides orientation to people who will work in international or ethnically diverse settings where personal adaptation to a different language and culture is required. The course focuses on acquiring insights and skills for cultural adaptation, language acquisition, and contextualization of lifestyle, communication practices and gospel witness. Students are involved in cross-cultural exercise to learn how to relate positively to those of other cultures and worldviews.   

  • Offered: Fall, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

INCS 4342   (3-3-0)   Ethnography, Cultures, and Worldviews

The course introduces students to applied ethnography, where they will learn the essentials of how to conduct interviews with persons from a different cultural identity to ascertain customs, values, and worldview understandings. Students learn to “read” a culture and to understand its way of viewing reality. Principles from social sciences such as sociology, anthropology, and demographics enrich the methodology used to analyze how people from a different cultural background think, feel, act, and relate to one another.   

  • Offered: Alternate Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

INCS 4343   (3-3-0)   Understanding Islam

This course is an introductory examination of Islamic faith and practice, designed for those with little previous understanding of Islamic culture and its doctrinal beliefs. Students will learn to describe the principle features of Islamic religious beliefs and to identify differences between sects and groups within Islam. They will analyze Islamic influence upon Middle Eastern culture and consider how this fast growing religion will influence the shape of global geo-politics in the future.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

INCS 4345   (3-3-0)   Christianity in a Pluralistic World

This course introduces a Christian understanding of, and a response to, a pluralistic world utilizing biblical truths.  

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: RELI 2304.

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