Intercultural Studies

Intercultural studies prepares students to understand, analyze and work in different cultural settings. Students explore community development, social structures, cultural stress and intercultural relationships. As part of the program, students are required to study and participate in a four-week immersion experience in a particular non-U.S. region.

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Students and professors share what makes JBU's intercultural program unique.

Conduct Ethnographic Research

Five Reasons to Study Intercultural Studies at JBU

Reason #1

Conduct Ethnographic Research

Students develop research skills and conduct a research project during a four-week overseas internship.

Join Community Development Initiatives

Five Reasons to Study Intercultural Studies at JBU

Reason #2

Join Community Development Initiatives

Partner with local organizations that train missionaries on technology and building projects for the world.

Experience a Versatile Program

Five Reasons to Study Intercultural Studies at JBU

Reason #3

Experience a Versatile Program

Intercultural studies students can choose between three emphases: intercultural ministries, community development or international studies.

Gain Intercultural Exposure

Five Reasons to Study Intercultural Studies at JBU

Reason #4

Gain Intercultural Exposure

Immerse yourself in the cultural diversity of Siloam Springs or travel to Jordan, Guatamala, Lithuania, Uganda and many more countries for a study abroad experience.

Compile a Portfolio

Five Reasons to Study Intercultural Studies at JBU

Reason #5

Compile a Portfolio

Senior intercultural studies students compile a portfolio of the academic and cultural experiences they’ve had while at JBU, a powerful resource to submit to employers or graduate schools after graduation.

Aminta Arrington

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Aminta Arrington

Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

After 8 years in China, Arrington came to JBU to share her passion for the world's peoples and cultures.

Ph.D., Biola University
M.A., Johns Hopkins University
B.A., Wheaton College

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Dave Vila

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Dave Vila

Professor of Religion and Philosophy

Between leading excavations to Jordan and writing a book about the five Byzantine churches found at Abila, Vila is a Professor of Religion and Philosophy at JBU.

Ph.D., St. Louis University
M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary
M.A., Covenant Theological Seminary
B.A., Covenant College

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