Why Intercultural Studies?

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

Why Intercultural Studies?

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

As an Intercultural Studies major at Trinity Western University, you will explore the richness of various cultures and beliefs and examine Christian responses to them.

With three streams to choose from, you can tailor your degree to your passions. All three streams have a strong interdisciplinary approach that leads to a broad understanding of intercultural issues, and prepares you for a job upon graduation.

As a part of the program, our students participate in a cross-cultural practicum, which enables them to apply principles and ideas learned in coursework. Many students also choose to add a certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) to their Intercultural degree.


  • A major in Intercultural Studies leading to a BA degree with three specialization streams
  • Missions
  • Global Development
  • Linguistics
  • An option to add a TESOL certificate
  • A minor in Intercultural Studies


RELS 272 • Eastern World Religions

An analytical and critical study of some of the major Eastern religions. Each religion is studied as a total perspective for life, which is embodied in ideology, culture, and interpersonal and communal life.

MCOM 372 • Cross-Cultural Communications

This course is about the nature of cross-cultural interaction, drawing attention both to the unexpected variations in other cultures as well as to the presuppositions from one’s own culture that inhibit crosscultural communication.

RELS 384 • Religion, Contextualization, and Culture Change

A study of the history of contextualization from biblical to modern times, exploring significant models and paradigms of prominent thinkers and evaluating these adaptations and innovations.


Graduates of our Intercultural Studies program go on to pursue employment in international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), government, law, missions, or in providing other services in the global community. Graduates are also well prepared to continue their studies in law, politics, history, international development, and numerous other fields.


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.

Part-time Instructor of Religious Studies
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Retired)

Joanne Pepper, Ph.D.

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