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Intercultural Communication

Bachelor of Arts Degree
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Intercultural Communication

Concentrations: Cultural (Latin, Middle Eastern, African, Asian, Caribbean), Urban Ministry, Interdisciplinary (Business/Counseling/Education)

The Pillar College Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communication gives graduates the skills and knowledge to play a key role in an increasingly interconnected and globalized job market. Students learn how to communicate transformational principles in a cross-cultural context, effectively bringing an intercultural competence to a variety of life, work, service, and educational settings. The mission-driven program teaches students how to become a sort of cultural bridge, with the ability to navigate cross-cultural contexts with sensitivity and precision.

One of the most iconic aspects of the Pillar College Intercultural Communication degree is the opportunity to interact with ethnic and area studies teams, doing critical fieldwork abroad. This incorporates multiple disciplines including language, world religion, and cultural anthropology. Core coursework focuses on effective methods of communication in the global community, with classes including Mass Media and Society, Intercultural Theory, Business and Small Group Communication, Digital Media, Politics, Writing for the Media, and more.

Unique Benefits and Features:

  • In-depth fieldwork abroad component, where students will navigate cross-cultural contexts to connect diverse cultures through communication
  • Employment opportunities in the communications field are projected to grow 14% by 2030, resulting in over 150,000 new jobs in the US alone. This degree helps students prepare for the growing demand.
  • Prepares students for an advanced professional communication role in the global arena

The Intercultural Communication degree can lead to numerous careers including, but not limited to:
global marketing, international public relations, corporate communications, governmental relations, global non-profit work, international church communications, cultural anthropology, philanthropy, international journalism, foreign service, lobbying, publishing, human resources, and more.

Required Courses

Biblical Studies:

  • BIBL 101 Old Testament Survey
  • BIBL 102 New Testament Survey
  • BIBL 201 Principles of Biblical Interpretation
  • BSCM 101 Spiritual Formation
  • BSCM 241 Evangelism & Missions
  • THEO 301 Christian Apologetics
  • THEO 201 Intro to Christian Doctrine

General Studies:

  • CISY 102 Digital Literacy
  • COMM 121 College Foundations
  • COMM 150 Principles of Public Speaking
  • COMM 250 Introduction to Innovation and Creativity
  • ECON 201 Macroeconomics
  • ENGL 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II
  • ENGL 200 Literature (American, English, World Lit)
  • ENGL 200+ Writing Elective
  • HIST 222 Essentials of American Government
  • HIST 231 Western Civilization I
  • MATH 101 Contemporary Math
  • Natural Science (e.g. Biology, Earth, Environmental Science)
  • PHIL 201 Survey of Worldviews (Pillar course only)
  • PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology

Department Requirements:

  • SOCI Applied Sociology
  • COMM 201 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • SOCI Cultural Anthropology
  • RLST 20 Faith, Culture, and Media (BS)
  • HIST 230 History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • RLST Survey of World Religions
  • CHHS The Church and Social Justice
  • COMM 321 Communicating Across Gender & Generations
  • COMM 350 Field Internship/study abroad
  • PHIL 308 Ethics for Intercultural Communication and Missions
  • COMM 401 Communication Research: Special Topics
  • REL Survey of World Cultures
  • HIST 230 History of the Civil Rights Movement
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Meet the Program Chair

Dr. Chester Kim
Director, Intercultural Communication

60 Park Place, Suite 701
Newark, NJ 07102