Multnomah University

Global Studies

This intercultural and interdisciplinary program equips students for a deep commitment to understanding and engaging in global issues affecting our world today. The major provides quality academic programs and experiential opportunities that develop critical thinking by incorporating best practices and strategies in global ministry and international career contexts.  

Job Outlook

The global studies program equips students for a variety of career and vocational ministry options both domestically and internationally: Bible translation; intercultural and multi-ethnic ministry contexts; inter-governmental and policy-making organizations; missions; non-profit work; refugee resettlement; urban outreach; and law enforcement.

Program Concentrations

  • Global Ministry

This is a helpful emphasis for those going into international mission work, including evangelism, discipleship, church planting, refugee resettlement and migrant services. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate studies in Christian leadership, intercultural studies, missiology and theology.

  • Children at Risk

This is a helpful emphasis for students wanting to work with children (street children, child soldiers, human/child trafficking, child labor, adoption, etc.), community development, international/global development, humanitarian relief and urban ministries. It is also helpful for students desiring to pursue graduate degrees in intercultural studies, childhood studies, social justice, international/global development, public affairs, humanitarian studies and non-profit management.

  • Culture and Diversity

This is a helpful emphasis for those working in urban and multi-ethnic centers, multi-ethnic church work, market place, community outreach (public and private), education, public policy and law enforcement. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate studies in cultural studies, international affairs, intercultural studies, criminal justice and social justice.

  • Applied Linguistics

This is a helpful emphasis for those going into Bible translation, literacy work, culture preservation, general translation, education and development contexts. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate studies in anthropology, linguistics, socio-linguistics or teaching English as a second language (TESOL).

  • International Regional Studies (through Study Abroad)

This is a helpful emphasis for those going into regional consulting work, research institutes, mission organizations, foundations, community development, government and policy development work. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate degrees in cultural studies, intercultural studies, international affairs, public policy and regional study.

Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand theological and biblical principles for engaging in global career paths and issues (GS 1)
  • Analyze socio-cultural and socio-economic perspectives that have shaped our globalized world (GS 2)
  • Analyze both historical and contemporary factors that have led to the ebb and flow of growth within global Christianity (GS 3)
  • Reflect critically on the role of the Church in distinct socio-cultural contexts (GS 4)
  • Gain God’s heart and love for all of humanity and respond with compassion to a plethora of human conditions and situations that exist today (GS 5)
  • Develop communication techniques and cultural competency through specialized learning in intercultural communications and cultural sensitivity (GS 6)
  • Learn how to incorporate evangelism and church-based ministry in distinct socio-cultural settings and global career paths (GS 7)
  • Application of recognized best practices in responding to a variety of human conditions today (GS 8)

Common Career Paths

  • Graduate studies in justice work or global development
  • Global/international development
  • International affairs
  • Non-profit management
  • Intercultural ministries
  • Social justice
  • Linguistics
  • Missions
  • Bible translation

Positions Global Studies Majors Have Held

  • Director of Worship and Arts, Imago Dei Community
  • Case Manager, Immigrant Refugee Services
  • English Teacher in Asia
  • Director of Church Relations, Africa New Life
  • Community Center Director, Grace Ministries in Puerto Rico
  • Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Center in India
  • Relief and Development worker in Kosovo

Study Abroad and Real-World Learning Opportunities

Just as we are called to understand God’s Word, we also need to understand God’s world. That's why we encourage our students to consider MU's study abroad options. Numerous agencies and organizations annually provide opportunities for global studies majors to join short-term summer mission trips or complete cross-cultural practicums/internships on every continent.

Over the past five years, global studies students have worked in the following countries:

  • Romania
  • Kenya
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • Israel
  • Uganda
  • Papua New Guinea
  • England
  • Portugal
  • Nicaragua
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Vietnam
  • Japan
  • Lebanon

 Please consult with your advisor on the best program for your course of study.

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