Cross-Cultural Studies


Cross-Cultural Studies


What is Cross-cultural Studies?

The Cross-cultural Studies major (CCS) is a core degree that draws on cultural anthropology, cross-cultural discipleship, missiology, and cross-cultural communication to prepare you to join an international or cross-cultural church planting team. This major will enable you to work and minister cross-culturally with firsthand experience in living, outreach, language acquisition, and strategizing in another culture.

What can I do with a degree in Cross-cultural Studies?

Graduates with this degree go on to work on teams in the urban US and internationally in both secular and ministerial roles. Graduates work in areas of evangelism and discipleship, teaching English as a second or foreign language, refugee ministries, social justice, leadership development, theological education by extension, youth ministries and on non-profit international teams.

The CCS major lays a firm foundation for communication and ministry with those of another culture. When combined with skills in fields such as TESOL, Sustainable Community Development, Youth Ministry, Outdoor Leadership, Counseling or Business, this degree is very marketable.


Where are graduates with a degree in Cross-cultural Studies finding jobs?

  • Refugee ministries in US
  • ESL instruction in community colleges and community centers around the world
  • Community development
  • Social justice field
  • Cross-cultural discipleship ministries
  • Urban cross-cultural children and youth ministries
  • Non-profit international agencies
  • Church planting ministries in US and internationally

A graduate with a bachelor’s degree in CCS has a strong base to pursue a master’s degree in an area of specialization.


Quote from a graduate:

 I am so thankful for the education and training that I received through the Cross-Cultural Studies degree program at TFC.  It has prepared me well for ministry in Eastern Europe in a variety of ways.  The program’s focus on anthropology helped me learn how to go into a new culture, learn their customs, and seek to understand their worldview so that I can live among them and share our hope in Christ in culturally meaningful and appropriate ways.  I would say that this aspect of the degree program taught me how to think differently that I had previously and has been immensely helpful as I serve in Eastern Europe.  The Cross-Cultural program’s focus on mission strategy, training and discipling, and communicating biblical truths has been helpful in building the components of my ministry in church planting as well.  It has given me tools to use as I share Christ and build His Church.  Although I also completed a master’s degree before going overseas, I consider my education at TFC as the foundation for how I live and serve overseas” (Connie, 2004).


  • Cross-Cultural Studies


  • Church Planting and Enlargement
  • Cross-Cultural Bible Teaching and Counseling
  • Cross-Cultural TESOL
  • Discipleship
  • Sustainable Development
  • World Religion

This page is for informational purposes only and is not intended for official academic purposes. Please refer to the official college catalog for detailed information regarding all courses of study.