The cross-cultural missions minor is geared for 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. All students also complete a cross-cultural practicum.
Why should I study cross-cultural mission?
Cross-cultural mission is often done by professionals whose primary assignment or role is in some other fields, such as law, business, or medicine. This minor prepares students well so they can be effective witnesses for Christ in whatever settings or fields they are found.
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 so that students learn about missions from evangelism, to community development, and advocating for justice.
What can I do with this degree?
Students who pair this minor with a major in a different field use it to prepare for career or short-term missions opportunities. The minor also provides an understanding of different societies and cultures so you’re prepared to make positive contributions as global citizens in any career field you choose.
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?
A unique feature of this minor is that it requires a practicum where you’ll live and work in a cross-cultural setting. This can often be done in a study abroad experience. Students have also found summer opportunities that can 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.