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Intercultural Studies Major

Make a difference in today’s increasingly multicultural world.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Intercultural Studies

Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s intercultural studies co-major* enhances a co-degree and prepares you to make a global impact as you pursue your vocational calling. The intercultural studies major draws from diverse fields such as anthropology, missiology, international development and cross-cultural communication to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you need to do meaningful cross-cultural work.

The degree is specifically designed for students and professionals who wish to combine an area of specialization with a solid background in the new and changing global landscape. MVNU’s intercultural studies co-major gives you the tools and training you’ll need to thrive in cross-cultural settings — whether you’re called to missions, social work, health care, business, criminal justice or any number of other careers.


Explore a truly global curriculum, designed to help you experience and celebrate many diverse cultures.

Faith & learning at MVNU

As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.


Multicultural Studies students do practicums in nations across the globe, including:

  • Philippines
  • Uganda
  • China
  • England
  • Dominican Republic
  • Costa Rica
  • United States
Service Learning:
  • Belize
  • Swaziland
  • Haiti
  • Croatia, Austria & Hungary
  • Italy
  • Spain, Portugal & France
  • Greater Columbus Area
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • New Orleans
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Guyana
  • Guatemala


Need a little help with finances? We’ve got you covered. Explore scholarships, grants, and other resources to help you pay for your education.

MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.

Additionally, the Nazarene Ministerial Scholarship Program exists for those Nazarene students intending to serve in the Church of the Nazarene.


The career possibilities that come with a co-major of Intercultural Studies include:


Do short-term to long-term missions in any cross-cultural setting anywhere in the world; chaplaincy in hospital, school, military, or workplace.


Seek out entry-level positions in humanitarian/non-governmental organizations, community development, and child welfare.


Try out public health, healthcare management, humanitarian organizations, health education, or other creative-access platforms.


Land an entry-level position in humanitarian/non-governmental organizations or transnational businesses, or try cross-cultural entrepreneurship, business as mission, and more


Qualify to train for homeland security, corrections, counterterrorism, and law enforcement.


Meet the Faculty

Learn from faculty members who know how to balance theory and practical application for a relevant, empowering, Christ-centered learning experience.

Rev. Jennifer Ballenger

Assistant Professor of Youth and Family Ministries

Dr. Brenita Nicholas-Edwards

Assistant Vice President for Global Engagement

Professor Timothy Radcliffe

Director of the Library

Dr. Henry “Hank” Spaulding, III

Assistant Professor of Theology and Associate Campus Pastor

Dr. Eric Vail

Associate Professor of Theology

Dr. Doug VanNest

Dean of the School of Christian Ministry and Professor of Pastoral Practices

Hyson Campus Center

The School of Christian Ministry is located on the second floor of Hyson Campus Center — a centralized hub that merges academics and campus life.

The first floor of Hyson Campus Center is home to the dining commons, President's Dining Room, The Recreation Equipment Center (The REC), Student Government Association, and the new student union.

On the second floor you will find the offices of Campus Ministries, Student Life, Counseling, Intercultural Learning and Engagement, Center for Global Engagement, the School of Christian Ministry, and the Education Department. Campus-wide activities such as Global Spotlights (pictured) take place in the lobby. Classrooms are found on both the second and third floors.

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Explore deeper facets of your own faith as you learn more about the faith of others through a Christ-centered lens.

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