Two million people from the U.S. go on a short-term missions trip each year, and the U.S. is one of the most diverse countries on the globe. With the world becoming more interconnected every day, there's never been a better time to consider a degree in intercultural studies.
With over 1,000 alumni working and serving locally and abroad, the M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College Graduate School provides training from faculty who have years of international work experience. And the program is also offered in a modular format that provides course flexibility for the working professional.
Intercultural Studies Chair Dr. Robert Gallagher believes in the wide application of the degree in today’s world: “Intercultural studies is important to every single person that follows Jesus because we’re living in such a cross-cultural mix of ethnicities, races, and languages, and cultures. We need to have some understanding and learn to . . . appreciate each other’s cultures,” he said, “and learn to be more sensitive in sharing the gospel in ways that people can understand.”
The degree has a diverse mix of students from all over the world, including Wheaton undergraduate students who enrolled in the program through the Accelerated M.A. program, international students, and working professionals who are being equipped to better serve their ministry. “They realize that every person of a different background . . . has something to contribute,” says Harry Smith M.A. ’16. “We’re working for the wider church. We’re not just working for our agenda, or to push some program through. Wheaton is very good about a holistic education.”
International student Mutinta Silenga M.A. ’16 has worked in Africa and Japan, and is enrolled in Wheaton’s program so that she can help train leaders in Africa. “The faculty not only focus on the Bible,” she said, “but they help you to relate the Bible to current issues, like public health or community development.”
To learn more about applying to Wheaton’s M.A. in Intercultural Studies, visit wheaton.edu/INTR.