Multnomah University

Intercultural Studies

Christ’s love compels us … God … gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us (2 Cor. 5:14-20).

What Is Intercultural Studies?

The Bible reveals that God's heart's desire is to bring all nations into relationship with Himself. Unquestionably, God expects His followers to be participants in His worldwide purposes. Therefore, Multnomah offers the Intercultural Studies (missions) program to equip students for effective cross-cultural living and ministry.

Multnomah has a long-standing and credible reputation for its missions emphasis, and sees an increasing number of graduates heading to foreign locations each year. Observing people in other cultures radically changed by the gospel is both personally gratifying and eternally strategic. If students sense the Lord’s direction for cross-cultural ministry or simply wish to increase their vision and broaden their worldview, then they should consider Multnomah.

“My experience in India was one of the few times in my life when I felt truly alive!" (James Clark, Practicum student)


The Intercultural Studies Department exposes students to God's global purposes, informs them of ministry opportunities, and prepares them for effective cross-cultural living and ministry. Academically-trained and field-experienced professors help students grasp the importance of being prepared physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually for overseas ministries. Semester-abroad options and required cross-cultural practicums enrich the program by providing strategic hands-on, life-changing experiences.

“If (she) is any indication of what your typical student is like and what kind of training they are receiving, you are doing something right. Thank you for being deliberate about practicing what you preach by requiring students to go.” (Supervisor of Practicum student in N. Africa)

Study Abroad Options

Opportunities to study abroad are available through the CCCU (Council of Christian Colleges and Universities), of which Multnomah Bible College is an affiliate member. CCCU offers culture-shaping programs in the USA as well as culture-crossing programs in Australia, China, Latin America, the Middle East, England, Russia, and Uganda. Contact us for more information.

“One of the strengths at Multnomah is that the professors who teach in the Intercultural Studies department have all spent years of their lives in other countries. When they speak about things like culture shock, they are speaking from firsthand knowledge, and it shows in their teaching.” (Melissa Young)

Aspects of the Program

Intercultural Studies Courses:

Multnomah offers essential courses for sound missions training, including World Christianity, Cultural Anthropology, World Religions, Intercultural Communication, Biblical Theology of Missions, Contemporary Missions Strategy, Missionary Principles and Practices, Spiritual Warfare, and a required Cross-Cultural Practicum. To see a complete list of the courses with their descriptions, please refer to the catalog (PDF).

Summer Missions Opportunities:

Numerous agencies & organizations annually provide opportunities for Multnomah students to join short-term summer missions trips to, or to complete cross-cultural practicums/internships on, every continent doing many kinds of ministry. Students have served in twenty to thirty-eight countries in any one summer during recent years!

The measure of a missionary is not how far from home one serves, but how close to God one stands.

Meet Your Professors


spring 2015 intercultural studies Courses: