Intercultural Studies

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES lays the foundation to share God’s love with those who are different from you—across ethnic, language and national barriers.

About the Program

Intercultural Studies prepares you for overseas missions, ministry to immigrant groups or underrepresented populations in a domestic setting, or work within Christian organizations that respond to needs across cultural lines.

This major emphasizes an immersive educational approach where students will have opportunities for intercultural experiences in overseas or domestic settings. Our MNU team boasts three former missionaries on our full-time staff.

  • an intercultural experience in an overseas or domestic multi-cultural setting
  • a practical study in a local church or Christian organization
  • students with membership in the Church of the Nazarene may also participate in the Ministerial Student Scholarship program (MSSP), which requires field service each semester

There are many scholarship opportunities for Intercultural Studies majors. Ministry students have the potential of receiving roughly $20,000 in financial assistance over four years, significantly minimizing debt and easing the transition into ministry.

  • All freshmen receive a $1250 their first semester and another $1250 scholarship once they pass the Introduction to Ministry course
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply for the Ministry Student Internship Program ($4500-$7500/year)
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply for the General Ministry Scholarships ($500-$3000/year)

Your Future


Touching every aspect of intercultural studies, you could become a: 

  • Urban Minister
  • Pastor
  • Compassionate Ministries Director
  • Missionary
  • Church Planter
  • Relief/Aid Worker


  • Local churches in the Kansas City area, the MNU region, and beyond
  • Global Ministries Center for the Church of the Nazarene
  • Christian Liberal Arts Universities
  • Nazarene Publishing House
  • Global Mission Education Centers
  • Nonprofit Agencies

Our People are the Difference

Our ministry professors are professionals and scholars with a mission to prepare you for purposeful, passionate and innovative ministry for the kingdom of God around the world. We will equip you to nurture faithful discipleship and provide ways to cultivate the knowledge, attitudes and skills for ministry and leadership from the Wesleyan holiness perspective.

You Can Succeed Here

Pioneer alumni are working in industries and cities around the world. During their time at MNU, they developed the skills and knowledge to succeed. Transformed by Christ to serve others – that’s real success.