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, Cross-Cultural Studies is 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

Your potential schedule

Fall Spring 
Introduction to Cross Cultural Studies2Biblical Theology of World Missions2
Christian Life 11Computer Application Seminar1
Old Testament Survey2General Psychology3
English Composition 13Speech Elective2
Fundamentals of Public Speaking2New Testament Survey2
The Modern World3English Composition 23
Music Elective2Science Elective3
Fall Spring 
Computer Technology Elective2Introduction to Sociology3
English Grammar3Computer Technology Elective2
Baptist Heritage3Christian Life 21
Principles of Bible Study2Minor3
Minor3American Studies Elective3
Humanities Elective3Humanities Elective3
Fall Spring 
Comparative Religions2Asian or Twentieth Century History3
Introduction to Philosophy2Christian Life 31
Literature or Writing Elective3Bible Doctrine 23
Bible Doctrine 13Minor3
Bible Elective2Literature Elective3
Minor3Open Elective3
Fall Spring 
Macroeconomics3Cross Cultural Seminar3
Bible Elective2Apologetics2
Minor3Bible Elective2
Math Elective3Minor3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
Summer 
Cultural Anthropology & Communication3
Summer 
Linguistics3
Cross Cultural Fieldwork2