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Here you will find course descriptions for the classes required to complete the Cross-cultural Ministry degree program. For more information, please check the MACU Course catalog.

CC 181. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. 3 hours
This introduction to world missions includes five topics in survey form: the biblical basis of missions, the historical development of missions, the cultural aspect of world missions, strategy for fulfilling the Great Commission, and the current situation and future trends of world missions.

CC 283. Historical Models of Christian Missions. 3 hours
For over two millennia, Christians have been preaching the gospel in diverse cultures through diverse methods. This course analyzes the main methods used in world missions and the results that each method has produced. Models of mission used through the centuries are critiqued biblically with a goal of discovering models that are appropriate for today’s missionaries.

CC 286. Cultural Anthropology. 3 hours
This course allows students to understand the diverse cultures of the world through participant observation of the culture’s life cycle and subsystems. With a goal of being able to learn another language and culture in order to translate the Bible, share the gospel in local languages, and plant churches with indigenous leaders, the student will learn tools of analysis for cultures developed from anthropology.

CC 384. World Religions. 3 hours
Through a study of worldviews, the student is introduced to major world religions and folk religions. Comparison is made between the worldviews of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese religion, Shintoism, Spiritism, Secularism, and Christianity. The goal is to find ways that the gospel can be shared with maximum communication in each context. 

CC 387. Cross-Cultural Communication. 3 hours
Tools of cultural anthropology are used to understand how to communicate with a person of another language and culture for the purpose of Christian witness. Through cultural analysis, the use of appropriate media is discussed.

CC 388. Missionary Life and Work. 3 hours
Practical aspects of becoming a missionary and living and working in another culture are covered in this course. Beginning with choosing a field, support-raising, motivating local churches to form partnerships with the missionary, and selecting a mission agency, the course walks the missionary candidate through the steps necessary to maintain a healthy life and relationships in mission fields. Group and family dynamics are discussed as well as relations with indigenous people. Finally, reentry to life in the United States is covered.

CC 481. Strategies for World Evangelization. 3 hours
Using the Book of Acts as a template, strategies for fulfilling the Great Commission are examined. Emphasis is placed on the apostolic strategy of church planting and formation of disciples who can train others.

CO 201. Introduction to Counseling. 3 hours
A study of basic counseling techniques and application to a wide range of problems. Following a cursory examination of the various theories of counseling, this course will concentrate on the characteristics of an effective counselor and the skills and techniques necessary to the process of helping.

GM 480-482. Internship in Christian Ministries: Orientation, Experience, Evaluation.
On the job training under the direction of a field mentor in the student’s chosen area of ministry.
Prerequisite: approval of program advisor (0, 0, 6 credits)

Choose 6 credit hours from the following:

CC 485. Introduction to Islam. 3 hours
Study of major non-Christian religions that shape the thinking and lives of people in contemporary society. Considering the historic development, the characteristic beliefs and practices, and the impact of these faiths in America and around the world with a view to promoting appreciation for Christianity and effective inter-religious communication.

CC 499. Directed Readings & Research. 1 to 3 hours
An individualized course that enables a student to study material not in the curriculum or to facilitate an in-depth academic exploration of a particular area of interest.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CO 329. Cross-Cultural Counseling. 3 hours
Designed to help students develop cross-cultural counseling skills by becoming aware of cultural differences. An emphasis is placed on self-awareness.

LE 105. Business as Missions. 3 hours
“BAM,” as it is often called today, is the concept of using a business as a cross-cultural outreach tool. It is entrepreneurship in a cross-cultural setting with the purpose of building a profitable business as a platform for missions. Students will review contemporary case studies of BAM. Students will consider the unique opportunity afforded when business is considered as a mission, as well as the challenges of globalization, business planning, and strategic management.
Prerequisite: CC 181.

LI 317. Introduction to Linguistics. 3 hours
This course is an Introduction to linguistics as a tool for describing the English language including the psychological system of language and the internalized, unconscious knowledge that enables a speaker to produce and understand utterances. Content will cover the study of the major concepts involving pragmatics, phonemic transcription, semantic and syntax structures, morphological analysis, and first-language acquisition theory.
Prerequisites: EN 101, EN 102.

LI 321. TESOL Materials and Methods. 3 hours
Introduction to methods for teaching English to speakers of other languages. Historical perspective and current trends are presented. Specific language skills are addressed, along with assessment methods, and selection of teaching materials. Attention will be placed on sensitivity to cultural diversity and the role it plays in teaching English Language Learners. Observation of ESL classroom activities is required.
Prerequisites: EN 102.