Why Inter-Cultural Studies?

The Intercultural Studies program at TWU explores the richness of various cultures and beliefs, while examining Christian responses to them.

Why Inter-Cultural Studies?

The Intercultural Studies program at TWU explores the richness of various cultures and beliefs, while examining Christian responses to them.

The TWU Intercultural Studies program explores the richness of material, social, philosophical, and spiritual aspects of global societies. The program focuses equally on engaging in meaningful dialogue with and developing Christian responses to world cultures. 

Students experience interdisciplinary approaches to intercultural issues. The major is ideal for students interested in diverse types of cross-cultural work or ministry in North America or abroad. 

Led by passionate, award-winning faculty, the Intercultural Studies major offers three streams of study: Christian missions, global development, and linguistics. Experiential learning includes a cross-cultural practicum. Additionally, obtaining a certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) is possible within the linguistics stream of the degree program. 

Christian Missions

Are you interested in being a positive change agent in the world?  Do you believe that inviting others into a relationship with Christ is the first step in building a just society?  If so, perhaps you’re being called into Christian missions.

Courses in anthropology, intercultural communication, and religious studies provide a solid grasp of this field.

Global Development

Are you passionate about global justice issues such as ecology and the environment, or food, education, and wealth distribution, or refugees and migration, or conditions of human habitation and work?  Studies in global development may be well-suited to your interests.

Global development focuses on capacity-building in the world’s most needy societies.  Courses in culture, economics, politics, and religion will enable careful consideration of trends in relief work, socio-economic development, and how Christian and other Non-Governmental Organizations operate to effect positive socio-economic change.


Are you fascinated by the interplay between words, languages, cultures, and peoples?  Linguistics may be the right option for your academic focus.

Studies in linguistics combine theory and practice.  You will be enabled to learn how languages develop and to discover how to describe and transcribe languages—even unwritten ones.  Becoming a Bible translator or teaching English abroad may be in your future.   A TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language) diploma may be earned in this stream of Intercultural Studies.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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TESL Certificate

A TESL certificate gives students a globally recognized program that will prepare them to teach English internationally or in Canada.

Careers in Inter-Cultural Studies
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Students from the Intercultural Studies program have successfully found careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Global missionary service
  • Ministry
  • International development
  • Community and social services
  • Governmental & non-governmental organizations in Canada or overseas

Faculty Profiles

Jonathan Dawn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Joanne Pepper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Coordinator, Inter-Cultural Religious Studies