Doctor of Intercultural Studies

for English speaking students


The D.Ics. program requires ten courses and the Professional Research Project (48 hours) to complete the program. The six required courses are Intercultural Communication, Contextualization, Cultural Anthropology, Teamwork and Leadership Training (or Mission Strategy), Methods of Social Research, and Intentional Multicultural Ministry. Then there are four electives to be selected.

If you are in the D.Min. Program, Intercultural Ministry track, and want to change to the D.Ics., you can do a change of program request and keep on going as if you had always been in the D.Ics. Students who have a D.Min. already will have to complete 24 hours to achieve the D.Miss.

Students may transfer in 50% of the course work from other D.Min. or D.Ics. programs. Students may select D.Min. courses as electives. D.Min. students may take D.Ics. required courses as electives as well. If you start the D.Ics. and then have difficulties finishing, you can stop with 36 hours and a D.Min. degree. Tuition costs are the same as for the D.Min. program."

Three years is the normal time to finish the program, however after 6 years we will require students to get and extension through a written request. This happens most often with students overseas who cannot get here for the modules as they would like. This is always an acceptable reason for us to grant the request. A request for an additional year for the Professional Research Project is also acceptable.

If you take a semester off, you can stay in the program unless you are beyond the six years in which case you will need to file a continuing registration form to remain a current student.
Year One Required Courses

  • Fall: Intercultural Communication
  • Spring: Cultural Anthropology for Ministry
  • Summer: Contextualization for Ministry

Year Two Required Courses

  • Fall: Intentional Multicultural Ministry
  • Spring: Methods of Social Research
  • Summer: Biblical Teamwork in Missions

Recommended Electives:

  • Understanding World Religions
  • Encountering Islam
  • Discerning God’s Will
  • Current Theological Issues

Professional Research Project; 8 hours

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Examples of courses in this major:

PM851 Foundations for Ministry

Required of all D.Min. students, this course is designed to prompt students to rethink the foundational values that drive them and to gain personal feedback from those closest to them. The instructors will seek to help participants reflect upon needs for personal growth and ministry skill development, as well as issues for appropriate theological investigation and cultural relevancy. Opportunities will be given to assess strengths and weaknesses, including the use of testing tools and the development of a plan for enhancing areas of potential growth.

PM826 Current Theological Issues

This seminar coordinates study and discussion of current theological issues and trends that are impacting the church. Special attention is given to the application of these issues and trends to real life settings. This course is team taught by visiting professors and the faculty of Grace Theological Seminary.

IM864 Contextualization for Meaningful Ministry

This course prepares the student to fit evangelism, church planting, church development, and relief ministries into the social and cultural context of the receiving people. It majors on preparing missionaries to plant Christianity in the soil of the targeted people group so it will grow up within their context rather than to spread a veneer of Christian values over that culture. The contextualization of methodology, theology, and forms and expressions in the local church is discussed. The danger of Western values being expressed in biblical interpretation and the importance of taking into consideration the religious worldview and the definitions used in the receiving culture are discussed. Consideration is given, as well, to the differences of the cultural context within which the biblical text was written. This course also prepares pastors for multicultural situations in preaching and teaching ministries.

IM881 Cultural Anthropology for Ministry

This course provides basic understandings in cultural anthropology for effective cross-cultural and multicultural ministries. It shows the importance of knowing anthropological concepts to gain and maintain that effectiveness and gives the student an understanding of culture with its behavior, values, beliefs, and the assumptions that lie behind them. Among other concepts, the course covers social systems, role and status, rites of passage, enculturation, acculturation, and culture shock. Also discussed are cultural values on time, thinking, decision- making, morality, individualism, conflict, logic, and ambiguity. It deals with the complexities of culture change and how worldview affects that change. Students will discover many of their own cultural values through the course, an essential element in understanding and working with a second culture.

IM862 Intercultural Communication

A basic understanding of this foundational element in all intercultural ministries is developed in the class and in assigned reading. Communication itself is discussed in its various facets, and then each facet is considered as to how it creates meaning in other cultures for real communication. Social, cultural, linguistic, and psychological barriers to good communication in a second culture are considered. Other areas covered are intercultural education and leadership training.