Intercultural Studies

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Starting from a strong Biblical and spiritual foundation, the programs within the Intercultural Studies Department are designed to give students the conceptual understanding and practical experience needed to thrive in our multicultural, hyper-connected world. This foundation is combined with courses from the University of Valley Forge catalog that explore and develop the passions and talents of the individual student in a flexible and adaptive way. By using the framework of their own God-given passions, interests, and talents, the ICS department prepares students to think in fresh, creative ways about life, work, and service in cross-cultural settings around the world.

 

The majors previously offered by the Department of Deaf Ministries prepare Deaf and Hard of Hearing men and women, as well as hearing, with foundational knowledge and skills essential in Christian service such as the Bible, Christian education, worship, cross-cultural communication, and church policy. Graduates of these majors will be equipped to lead in research and the development of innovative concepts in ministry to enhance the lives of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. They are also trained for careers serving as pastors, teachers, and church leaders. UVF is committed to expanding the scope of the traditional ministerial training program by affirming the American Deaf Community through community involvement and service.

Bachelor’s Degrees

A degree in Intercultural Studies – Deaf Culture Studies provides the framework for hearing students to be able to perform pastoral and Christian Ministry responsibilities in the development and administration of the local Deaf church within an intercultural context.

The Intercultural Studies – Deaf Ministries program is developed for Deaf students only. UVF views the American Deaf Community as a distinct people/language group and all courses are taught in American Sign Language. The program’s purpose is threefold: Academic and Practices, Research and Development, and Advocacy.

 

Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to locate and evaluate diverse forms of information in the fields of Deafness and Christian Ministries in order to problem solve and make sound decisions in their field of service. Students will also develop cross-cultural communication skills enabling him/her to establish and maintain professional demeanor and relationship within both the Deaf and non-Deaf church and communities.

A degree in Intercultural Studies – Children’s Studies provides the instruction for students to be able to serve on a pastoral team in the development and administration of ministry to infant through elementary children within an intercultural context.

A degree in Intercultural Studies – Business provides the framework for students to be able to effectively manage organizational resources and apply sound decision making within an intercultural context.

A degree in Intercultural Studies – Individualized provides a flexible and adaptive program specifically tailored to the student’s needs. Students will work with their advisor to select courses that combine to provide a unique synthesis of resources and skills to fulfill the dreams and callings God has given them. By using the framework of their own God-given passions, interests, and talents, the ICS department prepares them to think in fresh, creative ways about life, work, and service in cross-cultural settings around the world.

A degree in Intercultural Studies – Online provides a flexible and adaptive program specifically tailored to the student’s needs. Students will work with their advisor to select courses that combine to provide a unique synthesis of resources and skills to fulfill the dreams and callings God has given them. By using the framework of their own God-given passions, interests, and talents, the ICS department prepares them to think in fresh, creative ways about life, work, and service in cross-cultural settings around the world.

A degree in Intercultural Studies – Digital Media allows students will develop, produce, and publish a variety of integrated digital media products appropriate within an intercultural context. By using the framework of their own God-given passions, interests, and talents, the ICS department prepares them to think in fresh, creative ways about life, work, and service in cross-cultural settings around the world.

A degree in Intercultural Studies – Education provides students with the framework to be able to design, implement, and reflect upon instruction aligned with basic best practices and academic standards within an intercultural context.

A degree in Intercultural Studies – Music allows students to develop and articulate a foundational theology of worship and display basic competence in worship leading within an intercultural context.

A degree in Intercultural Studies – Pastoral Leadership Development provides the framework for students to be able to perform pastoral responsibilities and facilitate the development of pastoral leaders within an intercultural context.

A degree in Intercultural Studies – World Missions allows students to demonstrate the theological knowledge and practical skills necessary to pursue traditional missionary appointment within Assemblies of God World Missions or similar traditional missions agencies.

A degree in Intercultural Studies – Youth Studies allows students to be able to serve on a pastoral team in the development and administration of ministry to middle school through college-age students within an intercultural context.

Minors

COM 293 Intercultural Communications 3 cr

ICS 123 Introduction to Missions 3 cr

ICS 142 Cultural Anthropology 3 cr

REL 223 Introduction to World Religions 3 cr

THE 214 Biblical Theology of Missions 3 cr

Choose One: 3 Credits

CRL 223 Outreach and Discipleship Programs

PST 443 Disciple Making and Equip. Ministry

COM 143 Communication Theory 3 cr

COM 293 Intercultural Communication 3 cr

COM 436 Small Group Communication 3 cr

COM 303 Interpersonal Communication 3 cr

ICS 123 Introduction to Missions 3 cr

Choose One: 3 Credits

CRL 223 Outreach and Discipleship Programs

PST 443 Disciple Making and Equip. Ministry

Associate Degrees

The Intercultural Studies – Deaf Ministries Associate degree is designed for Deaf students only. UVF views the American Deaf Community as a distinct people/language group and all courses for this degree are taught in American Sign Language. Its purpose is threefold: Academic and Practices, Research and Development, and Advocacy.

Deaf Ministries Certificate

The University of Valley Forge views the American Deaf Community as a distinct people/language group. All courses for this certificate are taught in American Sign Language.

Students will be able to perform pastoral and Christian Ministry responsibilities in the development and administration of the local indigenous Deaf church, Deaf Departmental church, and/or District Affiliated Deaf church environment.

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Missions
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Entrepreneur

  • ASL teacher
  • Pastor in the Deaf community 
  • Church leader

If you are interested in making a difference in the global world, the Deaf community, or on the mission field, check out a degree in Intercultural Studies!

 

For more information, contact Department Chair
Dr. JoAnn Smith, Ph.D.

jlsmith@valleyforge.edu
610.917.1456