Bachelor of Science in English and Intercultural Studies
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Teachers Without Borders
Picture yourself standing in a Taiwanese classroom, gazing on a class full of eager faces. You teach your students different kinds of English slang, or how to pronounce the English “r.” The relationships you build in the classroom continue outside of class when you meet your students for conversation, buying hot noodles and fruit drinks from one of the many street vendors. You meet several of your students for a weekend Bible study, and they begin to see by your teaching and your life that there is something special about the God you believe in.
Southeastern’s English and Intercultural Studies major will prepare you to have a clear impact upon people in other cultures for the kingdom of God. After earning a degree in this major, you could create an English curriculum for a church interested in cross-cultural ministry. You could help refugees from all over the world adjust to life in the U.S. You could teach migrant workers from South and Central America how to speak and write English. Or you could teach English overseas while broadening your own education and being a witness for Christ.
Southeastern’s English and Intercultural Studies program begins with our Christ-centered liberal arts (general education) core curriculum, where you develop an understanding and appreciation of God and His creation, human creativity and reason, and our place of responsibility as stewards in the world God has made. As you forge links between what you’ve learned in the core and the more specialized courses in your major, our hope is that you also begin to relate all that you learn to your life and your faith.
Cross-Cultural Communication and Ministry
In the English and Intercultural Studies program itself, you’ll take English, education, and missions classes, building three levels of skills needed for cross-cultural ministry. First, your natural abilities in the English language will be honed and expanded. Your course work in English will include world literature, creative writing, and advanced grammar. Second, you will be trained in the art of teaching. You’ll study teaching methods, including how to teach English as a second language. Third, you will be challenged and encouraged through both practical and theological missions courses, learning about the history of missions, missionary life and work, and intercultural communication. You’ll apply all three of these academic areas—English, teaching, and missions— in a capstone internship that reflects your interests. These classes and the internship make our English and Intercultural Studies major a well-rounded program and target the language demands—and needs—of people around the globe.
Southeastern’s English and Intercultural Studies major is designed for people who want to teach English cross-culturally while ministering for Christ. That job description, however, can be expressed in many ways. Graduates can be hired to teach English by foreign governments or businesses, or they could start their own schools or tutoring services. In this country, graduates can work with the myriads of people whose first language is not English. English and Intercultural Studies majors also are well-equipped to attend graduate school or seminary. Careers and graduate study that Southeastern’s English and Intercultural Studies major will prepare you for include:
• Non-profit organization founder or staff member
• Teacher/administrator in international ministry
• Teacher for foreign government
• Teacher for foreign, private school
• English tutor
• Bible translator
• Linguistics graduate study
• Education graduate study
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