The cross-cultural missions minor is geared toward students who want to work as change agents in global and urban settings. Beyond courses in anthropology and sociocultural studies, you’ll study theology, religious studies, economics, and history.
Why should I study cross-cultural missions?
Cross-cultural missions is often done by professionals whose primary assignment or role is in other fields, such as law, business, or medicine. This minor prepares students to be transformative witnesses for Christ in any setting or field.
The minor exposes students to the world of missions both in classroom and field settings. You’ll take courses that provide a theological, social, and cultural understanding of the contemporary world of cross-cultural missions under the guidance of faculty with years of experience in missions and ministry. The minor takes a holistic approach to missions, teaching students everything from evangelism to community development to advocacy.
What can I do with this degree?Students who pair this minor with a major in a different field can use it to prepare for their careers or short-term missions opportunities. The minor also gives students a better understanding of different societies and cultures so that they are prepared to make positive contributions as world citizens.
What skills will I develop?
- Research methods
- Community collaboration
- Social and cultural analysis
- Written communication
- Oral communication
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?This minor requires a practicum during which students live and work in a cross-cultural setting. This is often done through a study abroad experience, and students have also found summer opportunities that provide valuable exposure to missions work. For example, one student worked in a hospital in Malawi for a summer, which led her to continue on to study pre-med at Bethel and then go to medical school.
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My experience was great preparation for living abroad after graduation. I learned the value of cultural exchange and the importance of examining my own privilege as I interact with people of different backgrounds.Benjamin Umhoefer '13
Current job: 2nd grade teacher, Escuela Bilingue Amigos de Jesus
The faculty taught me to think critically, interrogate social phenomenon, and apply my learning for improving communities. I was prepared professionally and academically from the immense academic, intellectual, and personal support from faculty, with whom I developed lasting friendships.Ryan Steel '12
Current job: Research Associate
Bethel's Christ-centered values coupled with academic excellence must not be overlooked. My professors were personal with students while spiritually and intellectually challenging. My degree has wide applications and is uniquely equipping me in long-lasting ways for my M.Div. training.Jessica Garske '12
Grad school: Talbot School of Theology (Biola University)
My professors at Bethel were not only influential during my time as a student, but they remain voices of inspiration, encouragement, and guidance fiver years later. Their friendship has been one of the greatest gifts of my education at Bethel.Maren Telsey '09
Grad school: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology