Intercultural Studies

Equipping cross-cultural servant leaders

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Ministry (BA/MAM)

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 Missions 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.

Concentrations Available:

  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Church Planting
  • General
Your Journey

Program Credits: 129

Locations: Lancaster


Bachelor Track:
Bachelor of Arts with majors in Intercultural Studies and Biblical Studies
Four-Plus-One Track:
Bachelors of Arts in Children & Family Ministry and a Masters of Arts in Ministry

Internships & Practicums
Here are some examples of internships and practicums completed by students in the past:

  • International Church Planting Team
  • Missions Pastor Intern
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Teaching English Cross-Culturally


  • Traditional
  • Online & Evening (Adult Education)
  • Available as Minor

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations . . .” – Matthew 28:19

A Closer Look: Bachelor’s / Master’s Degree Option

bachelor's & master's degree track

Are you interested in eventually earning a Master’s degree? Why not get a head start with our 4+1 Degree option. Students majoring in Church & Ministry programs may choose to begin work on a Masters of Arts in Ministry Degree while pursuing their undergraduate studies. This unique option allows you to graduate with both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Arts in Ministry degree in only five years.

Learn more about this track

Meet the Faculty


Ed Scheuerman, DMiss

Professor, Director of 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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Sample Course Outline

ICS 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 120 – 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 304 – 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 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.

SOC 330 – Cultural Anthropology

This course introduces the concepts of cultural anthropology in order to appreciate the richness and variety of human life in the past and contemporary worlds. Attention is given to the interface between a biblical worldview and the propositions of cultural anthropology. This course will benefit those serving in various sub-cultures.

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.

THE 421 – Biblical Theology of Missions

This course biblically and historically traces the development of God’s mission (missio Dei) to bless all nations. Attention is given to the importance of responding to this truth by both the individual and the church. Emphasis will also be given to contemporary theological issues relative to the task of Christian missions.

A Closer Look: Student Testimony

Three woman of various ethnicity's are wearing sari's of different colours are standing laughing.

Alex Smithers*

“One of the things I appreciated the most about my studies is the emphasis throughout the program on maintaining a strong, healthy relationship with God. I grew a lot through learning how to interact with people from other cultures and how to live in other cultures, but I was transformed by the work God did inside me during my studies.” – Alex Smithers*. Read more of her story by clicking here.

*Some names and information has been changed to protect the identities of the individuals mentioned.

Careers and Jobs in Intercultural Studies

  • Missionary
  • Cross Cultural Ministries
  • Non-Profit Leader
  • Church Planter
  • Teaching Abroad
  • Working with Refugees

What’s your next step?