Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Cook School of Intercultural Studies

Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Cook School of Intercultural Studies


[upbeat music] This program is enabling me to merge theory with biblical principles, working with diverse cultures, and integrating some of the necessary principles when working with various cultures around the world. The PhD in intercultural studies combines a aspect of anthropological study with some biblical studies, so you get a lot of cultural theory. Why are cultures different? What are the commonalities? How do you make your message contextualized for that cultural context. I like the fact that it’s addressing all areas of anthropology. It leaves us with the opportunity as students to be able to decipher how each of these fields interface with the area of intercultural studies. Most of the students in our program are already in the midst of their career. They’re just looking for further understanding on what they’ve already been doing in the workforce. And they also wanted to be part of a community where they could think through the integration of scripture, some cultural theory, and specific job skills related to what they’re doing. We travel in, come to the campus, take some modular classes, but also do some classes online. It’s something that makes it possible for me to continue my higher education. If they’re already located in Asia or Western Europe or North Africa, they can fly to one of these global centers and have the campus feel in the sense of knowing their professors, knowing their classmates, and having discussions in a real classroom but not have the expense of having to fly to the US for every class. The faculty care very much about not just presenting information but also learning more about their students and having us become a part of the team of the learning experience. In my classes alone, I’ve met people from Nigeria, from Liberia, from Indonesia, from China. It’s just a plethora of people, and being able to draw from their cultural experience is enriching to me personally. [upbeat music] The chance to study an intercultural studies degree is a chance to think about how to be more effective in your cross-cultural context, wherever that’s located and whatever you’re doing, whether that’s in the church, in the business world, or in the US or abroad. A student that comes to Cook will thrive here if they’re willing to stretch themselves and go beyond their comfort zones. It’s allowing me to learn new ideas, new concepts, but tying it together with solid biblical foundation. That’s the strength of Cook School of Intercultural Studies.

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