Intercultural Studies Major

Serve cross-cultural communities around the globe or right here in the United States.

Intercultural Studies at Houghton University will prepare you to follow God’s lead into a variety of fields. Explore Bible translation, community and international development, education, missions, relief work, refugee services and other service-oriented vocations in diverse cultural contexts.

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Intercultural Experiences

The intercultural experience is designed to be a flexible and practical cross-cultural experience. Put into practice the training you received in cross-cultural ministry—and you can travel almost anywhere. You can do a formal overseas study program, an internship or a variety of other types of specially arranged programs.

Global Engagement

Experience global engagement through various activities and learning opportunities.

  • Annual Faith and Justice Symposium sponsored by Houghton’s Center for Faith, Justice and Global Engagement
  • Journey’s End Tutoring (JET), a Saturday ministry to immigrants and refugees in Buffalo, primarily helping with teaching English
  • Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College
  • Cornell Institute for African Development Conference, Cornell University

What will I learn?

By majoring in Intercultural Studies, you will expand your horizons as you:

  • Prepare for today’s multicultural world through rigorous theoretical study and hands-on, experiential learning opportunities
  • Build a foundation in anthropology and related social sciences methodologies
  • Practice what you’ve learned in the classroom through our required intercultural experience
  • Gain a global perspective as you travel the world through Houghton’s many off-campus study opportunities or internships
  • Integrate global engagement into every aspect of your education

124 Credits

Required Courses

Elective courses + general education

Degree RequirementsInternational Devel. ConcentrationMissions ConcentrationSpanish Concentration

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Overseas Opportunities

With so many off-campus study opportunities, you might find it hard to choose just one. Many students study abroad several times during their four years at Houghton. Gain experience traveling the world and engage with different cultures with the support of like-minded peers and faculty.

Experienced Faculty

Study with faculty who have extensive experience living, working and serving in cross-cultural settings around the world.  They will work with you to help you discover the best locations and right type of training for the work and service you desire most.

More than Missions

Many intercultural programs are primarily aimed at students going into missions. Houghton's Intercultural Studies major is designed for “anybody who wants to do anything, but in a different culture.”

Program Outcomes

Students earning a BA in Intercultural Studies from Houghton University are prepared for careers as:

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Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
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Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
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