Department of Intercultural Studies

Prepare for the challenge of today's multicultural world.

Do you want to follow God's leading to make a difference in an intercultural setting around the globe or in the United States?  If so, either the Intercultural Studies major or the International Development major is for you!

Career readiness for a multicultural workplace. 

The intercultural Studies major and the International Development majors prepare you to join Houghton graduates serving around the world and the US in fields such as missions, Bible translation, community and international development, health services, education, relief work, refugee services and other service-oriented vocations in diverse cultural contexts. (Read-Culture at Work: The value of intercultural skills in the workplace)

Interculturally experienced faculty and intercultural experiential learning. 

Houghton’s Intercultural Studies Department faculty have extensive experience living, working and serving in cross-cultural settings around the world and integrate these experiences into the classroom, lead trips to places as nearby as Buffalo, N.Y. and as distant as Tanzania.  All Intercultural Studies and International Development students complete a field based experiential learning component.

Intercultural Studies at Houghton




  • Intercultural studies
  • International development
  • Linguistics
  • Missions
  • Public health

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