ICST/CFST/PLST/YLST 102 • Introduction to Intercultural Studies (2 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C and OT 201C. An introduction to the basic elements of intercultural communication and service. Course content will compare and contrast the cognitive processes, linguistic forms, and behavioral patterns within diverse cultural contexts. The student will integrate theory with practice in order to communicate effectively a holistic gospel.
ICST 272 • A Theology of Church Mission (2 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C, OT 201C, and THEO 103C. Various models of Christian mission from biblical, theological, and historical perspectives will be explored. This interdisciplinary study, integrating theology and praxis, is designed to move the student toward a responsible understanding of an integral proclamation of the kingdom of God in a diverse cultural milieu.
ICST 285 • Theology and Worldview in a Multicultural Society (2 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C, OT 201C, and THEO 103C. A study of worldview theories and concepts in the context of intercultural studies. Six major worldviews are mapped out geographically in order to investigate transcultural universals and divergences. The relationship between worldviews and theology in formulating contextual understandings of ministry will be examined.
ICST 291, 292, 293 • Special Topic (1, 2, 3 units)
Study of a special topic in intercultural and urban studies. May be repeated for credit.
ICST/CFST/YLST 305 • Evangelism (3 units)
A study of the nature, scope and imperatives of evangelism in the church. Scriptural mandates and models for evangelism are examined, and personal skills in evangelism are developed.
ICST/CHIS 310 • History of the Expansion of Christianity (3 units)
A survey of the missionary activities of the church from biblical times to the present, especially emphasizing the development of modern missions.
ICST/ANTH 312 • Cross-Cultural Studies (3 units)
Studies of culture groups in both peasant and modern societies. Case studies explore daily life, rites of passage, marriage, family, work, politics, social life, religion, ritual, and social problems among these groups. Comparative work is undertaken to highlight cultural similarities and differences. (Recommended for intercultural and urban studies and liberal studies majors.)
ICST 315 • Globalization of Church Mission (3 units)
Prerequisite: ICST 102. This course explores cogent features of Western and non-Western Christianity. Current missiological trends, strategies for ministry, and models of mission are presented. This study aims to provide a starting point from which meaningful and intentional missionary formation and practice can be realized.
ICST/ANTH/INTB 320 • Culture Change (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOCI 100C, ANTH 102C, or ICST 102. The study of change, its processes and consequences in non-Western and contemporary societies. Special emphasis will be given to cross-cultural change involving migrants, minorities, religious contacts, as well as change at the personal level.
ICST/COMM 345 • Intercultural Communication (3 units)
Prerequisite: ICST 102. A study of the processes of communicating the gospel interculturally. Special attention is given to the development of attitudes and tools that will enable effective communication interculturally.
ICST/ANTH 358 • Primal and World Religions (3 units)
A comparison of the major non-Christian religions, with emphasis on their cultural origins, elements, forms, and symbols, and the role of religion as an institution in such societies.
ICST/SPAN 428 • Contemporary Issues in Latin American Countries (3 units)
Examines selected current strategic, political, and theological issues characteristic of Latin American religion and culture. These contemporary issues include areas such as research in Latin America South, a comparison of the Caribbean and Latin America, social movements, and the shifting roles of missionaries. Current issues such as politics, media, gender, and trends will be analyzed.
ICST 434 • Models in Urban Ministry (3 units)
Prerequisite: ICST 102. An examination of the urban church using theological, sociological, and historical dimensions. Experiences will be gained through visits to urban churches and ministries.
ICST 454 • Principles and Methods of Intercultural Ministry (3 units)
Prerequisite: ICST 102. A study of effective church establishment among unreached people groups globally. Special attention will also be given to intercultural strategies for church ministries in urban North American contexts.
ICST/CFST/PLST/YLST 461 • Integrative Field Studies (3 units)
Prerequisites: PLST 310, PLST 312, and PLST 314. A course designed to integrate theory with guided field experience in the student’s chosen field. The intent is to reflect theologically in a ministry setting with special attention given to examining one’s spiritual gifts, calling, identity, and preparation.
ICST/THEO/SPAN 464 • Religion and Culture in Latin America (3 units)
This course aims to investigate the dynamics of traditional and evangelical forms of religion in Latin America, including the milieu of popular culture and beliefs, the functions of the Catholic church, current movements within Catholicism, evangelical influences, and Pentecostal growth.
ICST/OT 466 • Introduction to Judaism (3 units)
Prerequisite: OT 201C. Orientation in the fundamentals of Judaic law, ritual, and philosophy. Readings in the Mishnah, Midrash, Siddur, Haggadah, and the works of representative Jewish philosophers.
ICST 470 • Special Topics (3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Study of a special topic in intercultural and urban studies. May be repeated for credit.
ICST 473 • Urban Leadership and Social Transformation (3 units)
Prerequisite: ICST 102. A study of the interrelationship between theology and the mission agenda of the urban church. Leadership development, community based organizing and faith based initatives in an urban setting will be explored.
ICST 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and division chair. May be repeated for credit.
ICST 485 • Current Issues in Mission Studies (3 units)
Prerequisite: ICST 102. This course examines selected themes critical to effective Christian mission. Issues considered range from the ethics of evangelism and proselytism to the cultural dynamics of politics and economics.
ICST 490 • Seminar in Intercultural Ministry (3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Mutual investigation of one topic in intercultural and urban studies of particular relevance to upper division religion majors. May be repeated for credit.
* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.