Intercultural Studies Department

Our mission is to develop Christian professionals skilled in theory and practice for culturally-relevant service in a constantly changing world.


Meeting the World's Need

The current world-wide geopolitical atmosphere has led to remarkable opportunities for those who know how to enter and engage in viable ministry and work in cross-cultural settings. The Intercultural Studies department at Wheaton College seeks to meet this need by providing comprehensive, practical training for cross-cultural service. 

Programs Offered

We offer multiple programs to ensure that we serve our unique students' needs: 

Degree Program Formats

For degree-seeking students, our programs can be completed through a variety of formats:

  • The modular formats for both the M.A. in Intercultural Studies and M.A. in TESOL allow you to keep your job while earning your degree through in-person and online coursework.
  • TESOL is also available in a residential format for full-time or part-time students, allowing you to learn alongside a close learning community.

Intercultural Studies Department Features

In order to offer our students the best education possible, our faculty invest their time in research and professional opportunities, our alumni stay connected even when oceans away, and we continually evaluate our own program practices. Our department features: 

  • 1,000+ alumni serving nationally and around the world
  • World-class faculty who have authored relevant publications with practical intersections in the global community
  • Flexible programs for both Intercultural Studies and TESOL degrees to provide opportunity for study while continuing ministry
  • The opportunity to connect with a diverse group of peers from all over the world and to be part of an inclusive learning community
  • Students are encouraged to participate in internships and other real-world opportunities so as to apply course-work learning in a practical manner
  • A deliberate education on cultural contexts and how to bridge the divide between peoples through the Holy Spirit
  • Based upon your professional and ministry experience, the GRE exam entry requirement may be waived

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