Humanities: Cross-Cultural Studies

Across cultural boundaries

We live in an exciting era of history. The world is becoming a “global village” of many diverse cultures. If you want to be able to engage people effectively in the global marketplace, Maranatha’s Baptist Cross Cultural Humanities degree was designed for you. This broad program provides a solid foundation of liberal arts courses, but also provides specific courses in cross-cultural communication, linguistics, comparative worldviews, cultural anthropology, and other globally-applicable topics. This program will give you a foundation for working in environments that are international and multicultural. The program provides a broad global undergraduate perspective with a goal toward specialization in graduate studies.

"I love the level of expectation at Maranatha . . . It will make them true ambassadors in an increasingly global society.” - Jeffrey Miller, Chair, Department of Humanities

Global Encounters

Each summer, more than 100 Maranatha students see God change their lives as they travel overseas to places like South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Global Encounters is Maranatha’s strategy to mobilize faculty and students to partner with local churches worldwide and reach into the needy regions of the globe with the gospel. “We want to do that with passion and ultimately for the glory of God,” says Brian Trainer, who directs several summer mission teams. Since the program began in 2006, more than 100 students have traveled internationally every year. Click here for more information on Global Encounters trips.


Our faculty knows missions

"To be involved in Christian ministry is an utmost privilege, a solemn responsibility, a divine stewardship, and an extreme joy. Our desire is to train individuals who understand and appreciate the opportunity of being vocationally involved in handling the Word of God," Brian Trainer.

Read more about our Humanities faculty.

Other humanities options

Your potential career

  • International business
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Social services
  • Missions
  • Linguistics
  • Cross-cultural healthcare provider
  • Intercultural marketing

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Your potential schedule

Fall Spring 
Intro to Cross-Cultural Studies2Theology of Missions2
Computer Applications Seminar1Computer Technology Elective1
Old or New Testament3General Psychology3
English Composition 13Old or New Testament3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking2English Composition 23
The Modern World3Math or Science Elective3
Music Elective2
Fall Spring 
Introduction to Sociology3English Grammar3
Introduction to Geography3Computer Technology Elective2
Speech Elective2Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism3
Baptist Heritage3Minor3
Minor3American Studies Elective3
Literature Elective3Humanities Elective3
Fall Spring Summer 
Cultural Anthropology3Cross-Cultural Communications3Cross-Cultural Fieldwork3
World Religions3Asian or Twentieth Century History3
Introduction to Philosophy2Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23Literature or Writing Elective3
Fall Spring 
Linguistics3Cross-Cultural Seminar3
Bible Elective3Computer Technology Elective1
Minor3Bible Elective3
Math or Science Elective3Minor3
Open Elective2Humanities Elective3
Open Elective2