School of Intercultural Studies


from approved unaccredited colleges, if accep ted, will be granted provisional acceptance, if GPA is 3.4 or higher. Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges may be required to take cer­ tain additional liberal arts course work (not appli cable toward the graduate degree ), if their undergraduate pro­ gram did not include these courses. 2. Those without intercultural/ missions or Bible/ theology mayhave additional coursework added to their

Th is degree is also designed to mee t the needs of missionari es who have had three years of Bible sc hool training, extended fie ld ·experience , and .who now desire graduate level training. For students admitted without the B.A. or its equivalent, this degree is tenninal and maynot be used as a step­ ping stone to the D.Miss. or Ph.D. This is a 62 unit program which may be reduced, based upon previous study. Doctor of Missiology The Doctor of Missiology degree is designed to prepare professionals for the highest level of sernce in missions. More specifically, it seeks : ( I) to develop research professionals in lin­ guistics, Bible translation , an th rop9 l­ ogy, church growth , etc. , to aid in and support the missionary enterprise; (2) to help prepare nationals of every nation for formal education sen~ce in their own culture; and to prepare edu­ cators and scholars from every nation at the very highest levels of education to teach in schools of higher learning; and (3) to train teachers and consul­ tants for educational and developmen­ tal institutions and agencies, and con­ su Itan ts for both completing and checking Bible translations. Doctor of Education The Doctor of Education degree is offered in cooperation with the Depart­ ment of Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology. The Ed.D. with a crossculn1ral emphasis is specifically for training professionals working in cross­ cultural educational programs that may or may not be local ized in churches. The progran1 is designed to train highly competent professionals to conduct research and teach adult literacy, TESOL, Theological Education by Extension (TEE), Bible school and semi­ nary programs and other forinal or non­ formal educational programs that are part of crosscultural ministry. The pro­ gram places a strong emphasis on cross­ cultural educational research. The fac­ ulties of th e School of lntercultural Stud­ ies and Talbot School of Theology sup­ port the preparation of the sn1dent and the direction of dissertation research. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AJI students must meet the follow­

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES Chair: Donald E. Douglas, Ph.D. FACULTY Professors: Cook, Douglas, Kwast, S. Lingenfelter Associate Professors: Dollar, Hai~vard, Kraft,J. Lingenfelter Assistant Professor: Alexander, Steffen Adjunct Faculty: Marvin K. Mayers, Ph.D. OBJECTIVES Biola as an institution has had a "heart" for Christian missions since its inception. The burden for the billions of non-Christians (more than three billion today; five billion projected by the year 2,000) has been great. There has been an academic program at Biola stressing mission interests for decades, and this was brought to a high level of refinement under the leadership of Dr. Clyde Cook. Biola combines spiri tual ministry with a high academic conceptualization that is realized through a strong faculty, a growing library facility, and an emphasis on sound research to under­ lie the teaching program. Students can enrich their training in Bible, theology and psychology at the School of Inter­ cultural Studies bytaking coursework at Talbot School of Theology and Rose­ mead School of Psychology. They can also complete a specialization in inter­ cultural studies and missions within the Talbot degree programs and a special­ ization in intercultural studies within the Rosemead degree program.

Dean: Donald E. Douglas, Ph.D. FACULTY Professors: Cook, Douglas, Kwast, S. Lingenfelter, Purnell Associate Professors: Chastain , Dollar, Hayward, Kraft,J. Lingenfelter, Purgason Assistant Professor: Alexander, Steffen Adjunct Faculty: Marvin K. Mayers, Ph.D. OVERVIEW The School of lntercultural Stud­ ies consists of two departments. In addit ion to its undergraduate offer­ ings, the Department of lntercultural Studies offers graduate programs lead­ ing to two master's degrees and two doctoral degrees. These programs emphasize the social sciences and their relation to intercultural under­ standing, world mission , education and a number of technical specialties related to these topics. The Department of lntercultural Studies was established: ( 1) to prepare missionary recruits from every nation with cross-cultural communicat ion skills for international service; (2) to provide missions the opportunity to encourage the personal and academic deve lopmen t of their overseas staff; and (3) to prepare ministers and Christian education professionals for the types of cross-rnltural (and cross­ subcultural) ministries they will face in today's multi-ethnic and multi­ nati onal world, especially as these impact the local church. The Department of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Lin­ guistics offers two master 's degree programs. The graduate program in TESOL provides professional prepara­ tion for English language teaching among speakers of other languages. The graduate program in Applied Linguistics deals with issues involved in second language learning, analysis, teaching and research.

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3. All applicants must submit a written statement outlining their voca­ tional objectives and how the degree will relate to those objectives. Appli­ cants should attach a one- page, type­ written letter to the appli cation. 4. Al l applicants are required to submit three letters of references on forms supplied bythe school. 5. All applicants are required to submit official u·anscripts of all pre1~­ ous schools attended. 6. The application deadline for the fall is August I and for the spring isJanuary I. Applications may be sub­ mitted after this deadline (late appli­ cation fee of S45 ), but will be consid­ ered and processed only if space is ava ilable and time allows. Doctor of Missiology An accredited master's degree in lntercultural Sn1dies, or a related field, of which 15 units will be in biblical and theological stud ies, and 18 units in social organization, intercultural com­ munication , cultural change, dynami cs of religious experience (or folk rel i­ gions) , theol ogy of mi ss ion , and applied anthropology, as described in this catalog. A3.30 grade point average is required for admission. Doctor of Education An accredited master's degree or its equivalent appropriate to the Ed.D. is required for admission. Students must have a GPA of 3.3 in their previ­ ous graduate study. Theymay transfer in a maximum of 30 units of master 's level work toward the Doctor of Educa­ tion. Three years of crosscultural min­ istry experience , or its equivalent, is required for entrance to the program. In addition, proficiency in a second language is expected of students work­

DEGREES OFFERED Master of Arts Degree

M.A. in lntercultural Studies. The Master of Arts in lntercultural Studies is designed for those anticipating crosscultural involvement , and who desire training skills of intercultural communication and sen~ce. It is a 42- unit program. M.A. in Missions. The Master of Arts in Missions is a professional degree designed to meet the needs of candi­ dates or appointees for the mission field, or other cross-cultural ministries, who already have a Bachelar's degree, or other professional training, but who need additional Bible/ theology, and missiology/ intercultural training. One year of study would normally precede departure for such service, while the second year of study could be com­ pleted during a subsequent furlough .

ing in crosscultural settings. Admission of International Students and Resident Aliens

ing requirements:

I. All applicants must possess a bac­ calaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average. Graduates

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