Pursing Intercultural Studies at Providence will deepen your understanding of perhaps the most formative factor of human life: culture. Coming to understand more fully all the various elements that comprise a culture, and how they develop, function, change, and interact with other cultures, will enable you to comprehend cultures other than your own. It will take you beyond yourself, and enable you to work more effectively in or with other cultures, and thereby promote intercultural understanding, harmony, and peace. Most profoundly, it will help you contextualize Christianity in ways that respect all cultures.
The prerequisite for entry into the Intercultural Studies major is a grade of "C" or better in any introductory anthropology or sociology course. For students who have taken additional courses toward the major, a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required on all courses, excluding failed courses.
Students enrolled in this major are required to spend a short-term or long-term period in a culturally unfamiliar environment at home or abroad through Intercultural Service Learning.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.
Dennis Hiebert, Ph.D. (Program Coordinator)Professor of Sociology
Val Hiebert, Ph.D. (Cand.) Assistant Professor of Sociology
Patricia Janzen Loewen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of History
Michael Gilmour, Ph.D. Professor of New Testament & English Literature
Luann Hiebert, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English Literature
Hendrik van der Breggen, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy
Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji, M.A. Assistant Professor of TESOL; Director, MLI
Graduates build careers in a vast array of human or social services, including international development, humanitarian aid, global missions, disaster relief, social policy analysis, civil service, community development, journalism, and much, much more. Some first pursue graduate studies in related fields.