School of Ministry

Cross-Cultural Studies

Do you desire to gain skills in ministering to diverse nationalities and cultures? If so, the Cross-Cultural Studies major might be just what you're looking for. The program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and character needed for effective transformational work in international and/or urban settings. You will learn how to understand and interpret cross-cultural social contexts. You will also learn how to apply Christian truth in ways appropriate to a variety of settings.

Your Courses & Classes

PBA students on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2011. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, accredited, Christ-centered college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.PBA students on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

As a Cross-Cultural Studies major at PBA, you'll:

  • Learn hands-on in a multicultural, urban environment in one of the least evangelized regions of the United States. (Miami was recently ranked 10th in a list of U.S. cities with the lowest percentage of self-identified Christians.)
  • Have access to faculty who pour into students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Receive specialized training in urban ministry in a county, which boasts of one of the country’s most affluent townships (Palm Beach Island), and yet has 14 percent of its population living below the poverty line.
  • Receive continued mentoring by faculty after graduation.

Your Faculty

Cross-Cultural Studies faculty have experience in ministering in over 70 countries worldwide. Every instructor in the department is directly engaged in local ministry. Many of the textbooks you’ll use in your studies (and that are used extensively at other colleges and universities) are written by faculty.

Your Opportunities in Cross-Cultural Studies

Students have huge opportunities for hands-on experience through Workship projects, and 20 or more annual PBA mission trips. Also available are internships in local church and para-church ministry, social ministry and cross-cultural experiences. Upon graduation, you might choose to pursue seminary or graduate study. Or, you can enter roles with missions agencies, local churches or para-church groups, international non-governmental or humanitarian organizations.

Speaking of PBA

"I believe the strengths of the Cross-Cultural Studies program lie in the emphasis on personal experience for enhanced learning, small classes for more familiar relationship with the teachers, excellent professors with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and a harmonious blend of biblical truth and practical application of the curriculum's focus. Through challenging yet manageable coursework, involving site visits, interviews, and even on campus groups with cross cultural elements, this program promises to offer comprehensive teaching without dampening one's fire for the subject." -- Candace Kurtz, alumnus