Intercultural Studies

Learn about the characteristics & formative power of culture

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.

Information Sessions

Join us on one of our information sessions to hear more about the program, application/admission process and what makes Providence a unique place for you to get your university education. You can find upcoming sessions here (under University College Sessions).

Major Options
Bachelor of Arts Intercultural Studies Major 3 Years
Minor Intercultural Studies Combine w/ any Major
Program Details

For Entrance into the Intercultural Studies program

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.

Intercultural Service Learning

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.

Range of Courses
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Language and Culture
  • Western Civilization
  • Post-Colonial Literature
  • Worldview Studies
  • Global Problems and Change
  • Anthropology of Music
  • Intercultural Service Learning

Dennis Hiebert, Ph.D. (Program Coordinator)
Professor of Sociology

Val Hiebert, Ph.D. (Cand.)
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Michael Gilmour, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of New Testament & English Literature

Luann Hiebert, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of English Literature; Early Alert Coordinator

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji, M.A. UC Dean;
Assistant Professor of TESOL; MLI Director

Career Options
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.