Course Descriptions

Descriptions of current courses cffered for the M.A. in Intercultural Studies and Missions.


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INTR 503. Academic Composition and Communication. Group and individual instruction in expository writing and oral communication skills for students from non-English backgrounds. Students receive intensive preparation in English for academic purposes such as research papers and class presentations. Graded pass/fail. (0)

INTR 504. Perspectives in Global Outreach. An integrated introductory survey of the crucial issues in missions from the perspectives of theology, history, communication, cultural anthropology, and intercultural studies. Students have an opportunity to explore their relevant mission concerns within life and mission contexts. (2)

INTR 512x. Theories and Principles of Counseling. See PSYC 512 >> (3)

INTR 514. Spiritual Formation and Witness. Explores the study and practice of effective models and methods for personal evangelism and spiritual formation, with particular emphasis on the role of relationships and small groups in evangelism and spiritual formation, and on the role of the Holy Spirit. (2)

INTR 516. Issues and Trends in Missions. Current missiological issues and trends, including church-mission relationships, changes in mission strategies and structures, challenges to the church, and their significance to the worldwide mission of the church. Opportunity for individual student research in a particular area of interest is provided. (2 or 4)

INTR 521. Historical Foundations. Explores key persons and movements in the expansion of the Christian church from early monasticism and the Celtic Church to Moravianism and Methodism. The missiological reinterpretation of church history focuses on the dynamics of the expansion and the implications for contemporary strategies of mission. Attention is given to the means of Holy Spirit renewal, structure of mission, the role of leadership, and the relationship among the three. (2)

INTR 522. Contemporary Mission History. Explores key persons and movements in the expansion of the Protestant church from William Carey to Amy Carmichael, to the Student Volunteer Movement and Pentecostalism. The missiological reinterpretation of church history focuses on the dynamics of the expansion and implications for contemporary strategies of mission. Attention is given to the use of primary source materials for historical research. (2)

INTR 524x. Chicago II: Contemporary Issues and Controversies. See URBN 351 >> Offered in Chicago. (4)

INTR 526x. Global Cities: Cities and the World. See PSCI 362 >> (4)

INTR 527x. Small Scale Enterprises and Economic Development. See B EC 371 >> Prerequisite for B EC 371 applies. (2)

INTR 528x. Urban Economics. See B EC 347 >> (2)

INTR 529x. Advanced Urban Studies Seminar.  See URBN 494 >> (2)

INTR 531. Theological Foundations. Using the principles of biblical exegesis and hermeneutics, the course explores God's mission from the Philistines of Abraham's and David's time, to the marginalized in New Testament society. Through this process, an appreciation is developed for theological reflection in Christian community that will impact the student's missionary vocation. (2)

INTR 532. Contextualization. Analysis of the encounter of the gospel with culture within the framework of the behavioral sciences. Organized around six dimensions of religious experience and contextualization within those dimensions, with special focus on the theological dimension. (2 or 4)

INTR 534. Mission in Acts. The course models a historical critical interpretation of Acts. Through an analysis of the discourse structure of Luke/Acts, the course seeks to deepen an understanding of the person and work of the Spirit of Jesus who empowers God's mission as it takes place through the apostles and the early church. (4)

INTR 535. Holy Spirit and Mission. The course explores the dynamics of the work of the Holy Spirit and mission in relation to the following dimensions: personal, biblical, historical, cultural, contextual, and functional. Students are encouraged to explore their mission philosophy regarding the role of the Spirit of God for their mission context. (2 or 4)

INTR 536. Theology of Development in World Perspective. The biblical basis for community development and the Christian's involvement in Majority World development on the personal and systemic levels. (2 or 4)

INTR 545. Dynamics of Church Growth. A survey of the crucial factors in church growth, including an analysis of the theological, sociological, and missiological elements. (2 or 4)

INTR 546. Evangelism and Church Planting. Strategies for evangelism and church development are examined and applied through case studies, field trips, contacts with resource persons, and student-led projects. (2 or 4)

INTR 548x. Discipleship. See EVAN 546 >> (2)

INTR 551x. Counseling Challenges in Ministry. See PSYC 551 >>. (2)

INTR 552. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender and Leadership. An exploration of the role of women in missions, including their impact on mission strategies, their unique contributions, and a discussion of critical issues they have faced since the time of the modern missionary movement. (2)

INTR 556. Foundations of Leadership Development. Explores the biblical foundations and practical implications of leadership. Based on Jesus' model of leadership development, the course seeks to encourage a balanced lifestyle in the physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual dimensions. Students explore their own development and the implications that emerge from the study. (2 or 4)

INTR 561. Intercultural Communication. Foundational principles of intercultural communication from the fields of social psychology, cultural anthropology, and communication theory integrated with selected areas of personal encounter in cross-cultural settings. (4)

INTR 563. Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning. Contributions of nonformal educators, cognitive psychologists, and educational anthropologists to cross-cultural teaching and learning; attuning instruction to thinking styles, pedagogical expectations, and cultural values. Prerequisite: INTR 561 >>  (2)

INTR 565. Folk Religions. Strategies for understanding folk religion and relating to folk religion adherents are examined and applied through discussion, case studies, media, and student-led projects. (2 or 4)

INTR 567. Spiritual Conflict. An examination of the principles and dynamics of spiritual conflict. Issues include theoretical considerations in the areas of theological reflection and cultural analysis, pragmatic considerations such as spiritual discipline and counseling approaches, and the missiological implications for missionary strategies. (2 or 4)

INTR 571. Film and Mission. Uses the medium of film to reflect on the relationship between mission and culture. Considers a broad cross-section of film genres to open new and creative windows for understanding and communicating the Christian faith in a pluralistic, post-Christian culture. Assists the student in thinking critically about film from a cross-cultural perspective. (2 or 4)

INTR 572. Cross-Cultural Research. The rationale and methodology of qualitative research in cross-cultural contexts. Special focus on the application of qualitative methods to a specific context through research projects. (4)

INTR 573. Qualitative Research for Second Language Educators. A survey of qualitative research techniques for use in cross-cultural contexts, with a special focus on second language education. (2)

INTR 581x. Spanish American Culture and Civilization. See SPAN 335 >> (4)

INTR 587x. Asian History. See HIST 334 >> (4)

INTR 588. Asian Culture and Communication.  An introduction to Asian history and culture with particular emphasis on the themes/issues of the 20th century. Includes an introduction to a relevant Asian language and language-learning strategies.  Principles for effective cross-cultural communication and adjustment are also considered. Taught in Asia. (2)

INTR 591x. Public Health and Nutrition. See BIOL 381 >> (2)

INTR 592x. Faith and Business Enterprise. See B EC 329 >> (2)

INTR 621. Principles of Development. An examination of basic principles of development through a survey of the literature and case studies from the field. Theory of development is integrated with implications for practice. (2 or 4)

INTR 667. Leadership in Cultural Context. Explores the integration of the principles and practice of Christian leadership for cross-cultural ministry. Major issues in leadership will be examined from the lives of biblical characters in a cross-cultural context to determine appropriate types of action for Christian leaders. Fosters community exegetical and hermeneutical methodology to inform contemporary mission praxis and give students the opportunity to develop skills and methods for leadership. (2 or 4)

INTR 681. Evangelism and Church Growth in Contemporary China. The growth and development of the Church in the People's Republic of China from 1949 to the present, as viewed against a backdrop of widespread social and political change. Includes the impact of the gospel on China's minority nationalities and current opportunities for ministry among Chinese in China, as well as those in diaspora. (2 or 4)

INTR 682. Facing the Twenty-First Century: Social Change and Mission in Post-Mao China. Examines China's drive to modernize and the ramifications for China's Asian neighbors and for the West. Includes the origins and effects of post-Mao reforms, China within the global economy, the "greater China" concept, the impact of technology upon society and the environment, and the implications for the spread of the Gospel among the Chinese. (2 or 4)

INTR 683. History of Christianity in China. Protestant and Catholic missionary efforts directed toward China, beginning with the Nestorians and continuing through the Communist revolution of 1949. Examines contextualization, indigenization, the gospel's identification with foreign powers, and theological debates within the missions community. (2 or 4)

INTR 685. Chinese Intellectuals and the Gospel. A study of the unique historical factors which have made intellectuals in China a privileged, as well as a despised, segment of society. Various attempts to reach intellectuals with the gospel will be critiqued, and the current Christian movement among intellectuals and opportunities for ministry within that movement will be analyzed. (2 or 4)

INTR 691. Intercultural Studies Forum. Integration of missiology with other academic disciplines, with the student's personal growth, and with field ministries. Fee $50. Graded pass/fail. (0)

INTR 692. Comprehensive Exam. Prerequisite: submission of Candidacy form. Fee $75. Graded pass/fail. (0)

INTR 694. Seminar in Missions. In-depth study of selected topics growing out of special concerns of professors and students. (2 or 4)

INTR 695. Independent Study. (1-4)

INTR 696. Internship. Graded pass/fail. (2 or 4)

INTR 698. Applied Thesis/Thesis.

INTR 699. Applied Thesis/Thesis Continuation. See M.A. Thesis/Applied Thesis/Action Research. (0)


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