Intercultural Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or minor in Intercultural Studies is ideal for students who long to expand their view of the world through the study of other cultures.

Students at Olivet analyze and research cultures and countries, looking at them throughout history and consider how they have evolved and to exist today. The primary focus is on how different cultures bond and interact with each other. Students also examine the impact of race, culture, language and other factors on interactions among people and nations, as well as analyze the differences in and barriers to communication. The realities of discrimination, prejudices, racism and conflict negotiations are central to this study.

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A cross-cultural ministry field experience is a degree requirement. This gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to missional organizations in the community.


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The Shalom Project (formerly Missions in Action) sponsors student mission trips to serve people living around the world, as well as in the U.S.

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Intercultural Studies Students

  • Study missions, ethnic relations, theology and international relations.
  • Add perspectives from cultural anthropology, social justice, cross-cultural experiences, studies of world religions and communication to their learning.
  • Volunteer to serve in cross-cultural ministries or overseas volunteer trips.
  • Expand relationships with Olivet students and faculty members who are from other countries and cultures.
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