​Department of Intercultural Studies

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The Department of Intercultural Studies, having recently merged with the Department of Deaf Ministries, allows you to study a cross-cultural area of interest in a highly relational world. Intercultural encounters are becoming more common in the world, regardless of where a person physically lives. You will learn how to understand and communicate through cultural differences and be a servant of God wherever you go. If you desire to reach others of a different culture, whether at home or abroad, the Intercultural Studies department has a major for you!

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


  • Intercultural Studies
  • Intercultural Communications

Master's Degree

All students in the Department of Intercultural Studies are required to complete an internship prior to graduation. Recent internship opportunities include:

  • Churches
  • Missions organizations
  • Overseas churches


Graduates of this program have gone on to be:
  • Missionaries
  • Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • ASL teachers
  • Pastors in the Deaf community 
  • Church leaders

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.

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