Intercultural Studies

The Intercultural Studies Major prepares Christian men and women for strategic, cross-cultural, and missional vocations among all peoples in accordance with God’s kingdom gospel. 

intercultural studies imageStudents will benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty dedicated to the spiritual formation and professional preparedness of each student. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework integrate a Bible & Theology Core and an Arts & Sciences Core

Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students also apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships.

The B.A. in Intercultural Studies offers concentrations in Linguistics, Missions and Urban Studies at Johnson’s Florida campus. The B.S. program offers concentrations in Missions and Urban Studies. The Intercultural Studies major is offered at the Tennessee campus with additional concentrations.



The Missions Concentration introduces students to the needs, opportunities, and challenges of ministering cross-culturally with a focus on the changing role of American missionaries and new strategies to share the gospel. Special attention is given to unreached people groups and the need for discipleship that leads to self-supporting indigenous churches capable of reproduction.


The Linguistics Concentration introduces students to the world of linguistics and Bible translation through partnerships with three organizations active in the field. Students may complete the Linguistics courses online through Johnson University or those offered face-to-face in Dallas, Texas, by the Graduate Institute for Applied Linguistics (GIAL).

Urban Studies 

The Urban Studies concentration introduces students to social, political, and cultural structures that influence the presentation and reception of the gospel in urban environments (local, national, and international). The ministries of the church in the city and of the urban Christian are highlighted, including ministries of reconciliation and transformation.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Articulate biblical, theological, and missiological foundations for their chosen ministry field.
  • Implement missional ministry within world contexts.
  • Pursue Christian formational growth conducive to cross-cultural ministry.

For a comprehensive list regarding student learning outcomes, see the catalog links below.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Encountering Cultures
Cultural Anthropology
Intercultural Communication
Mission Theology
Living & Working Cross-Culturally

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective