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Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies - Global Social Justice Major (BAIS/GSJ)

A Four-Year Program (120 credits)
Program Coordinator: Kevin Peters

Investigate the root causes of social injustice and engage cross-culturally in the active promotion of social justice principles to resolve wrongs. Prairie’s Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies – Global Social Justice (GSJ) major provides a firm grounding in the theories, methods, and practice of social justice involvements, providing the student with the ideal combination of knowledge and skills to successfully continue to master’s level study or obtain entry-level employment in this sector.

A highlight of this program is a 9-month internship that will lead you to at least 10 countries and 4 continents. For the first two months of travel with your fellow students, you will observe and at times participate in ministry with orphans, street kids, prisoners, AIDS victims and former child soldiers. Church planting in a creative access nation, or a post-Christian area, and anti-human trafficking initiatives will also be on the agenda.

Subsequently, you will immerse yourself in a social justice six-month internship with a non-government organization (NGO) at a location of your own choosing. You will work and study under the leadership of local mentors as well as study the local language. After the internship, you will join your cohort and travel to Africa to observe what God is doing there. Throughout the entire nine months, you will work towards completing twenty-seven credits of coursework.

*The countries may change from year to year. Flexibility is expected. Please note that the GlobeTREK fees are approximately $15,000.

Project Management Endorsement
A key skill in social justice development and advocacy is the ability to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate projects. The BAIS-GSJ Project Management endorsement is a significant tool to equip the student at an intermediate proficiency level to assist in the development of programs for presentation to funding sources.

Expanded Opportunities
Your BAIS-GSJ degree will prepare you for entry-level work in a variety of cross-cultural settings including small and large NGOs, ministry to migrant and immigrant peoples, disaster & relief services, victim aftercare, community development, child protection, economic development, education, health & sanitation, human trafficking intervention, refugee & displaced peoples, or policy & advocacy development. This degree also offers the potential for students to pursue graduate level studies in intercultural studies, relief & development, missiology, or divinity. 

BAIS – Global Social Justice Program Objectives

Our biblical mandate to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8) resonates at the heart of the program. The GSJ program will equip you to…

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Scriptures and of the tools necessary for biblical study to teach others.
  2. Design a cross-cultural social justice intervention plan through the application of project management and leadership skills.
  3. Comprehend the character and work of God in motivating the work of social justice worldwide.
  4. Formulate a biblically-based personal philosophy and perspective of violence, injustice, and human rights among global cultures.
  5. Develop abilities to identify, appraise, and analyze human injustices and social behavior in the context of implementing change.
  6. Live and minister with flexibility, contentment, and productivity in unfamiliar situations.
  7. Demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively and respectfully with team members, community partners, and stakeholders.

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology Major (45 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
OT 353 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel OR
     TH 211 Creation to New Creation
TH 332 Theology of Missions
TH 4xx Theology of Poverty & Suffering
BT/NT/OT/ST/TH Electives (200 or above) (9 cr)

Arts & Sciences Core
AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking & Writing
HF 221 Field Language I
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Intro to Psychology
SS 273 Cultural Anthropology
SS 336 Field Ethnography
SS 314 Social Psychology
SS 3xx Leadership & Power
SJ 3xx Project Management
HF/SS Elective (200 or above)

Global Social Justice Major (33 credits)
SJ 1xx Social Justice Foundations
IS 140 World Religions
IS 257 Intercultural Competence
IS 251 Cross-cultural Communication
IS 377 Cross-cultural Ministry Principles & Praxis
IS 473 Current Topics in Global Studies
CM 365-366 Social Justice Internship (12 cr)
SJ 3xx Directed Study: Field Contextualized

General Electives (6 credits)


See First Year Courses


Tentative 4-Year Schedule




For costs and breakdown of fees click here.

Variations in costs are dependent on scholarships, number of tuition credits taken, Campus Leaders Bursary, and transfer credits.

For Financial Aid click here.


Tuition Fees:
On this schedule tuition fees are based on 15 credits/semester.


College Services Fees include:

Student Union, printing, fitness, intra-mural, technology, library, orientation, & spiritual formation fees. 


Room & Board:

Residence double occupancy

Refundable Residence Damage Deposit:  $250


Costs not included:



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