Bachelor of Intercultural Studies
in Diaspora Studies

The diaspora studies major is a humanities-based interdisciplinary Bachelor completion program providing students the tools to study, encounter, and engage with immigrants, internationals and refugees across the globe. 

 


Why Diaspora Studies?

Transnational migration is becoming a day to day phenomenon across cultures. According to data from Migration Policy Institute (2016), the net migration to the United States between 2010 and 2015 was about 5 million. Recent events in Western Asia and Europe illustrate the plight of millions of displaced people.

Diaspora studies enables students to examine both natural and man-made causes of population migration at various levels. It also examines processes as well as challenges people face as they try to adjust to the new destinations. Knowledge of diverse nature of population movements together with intercultural skills in engaging internationals, immigrants and refugees opens doors for missional and career opportunities.  

 

Gainful Employment Information

Sample Employment Positions:

Immigration Advisor, Immigration Caseworker, Immigration Consultant, Immigration Coordinator, Immigration Counselor, Immigration Specialist, Immigrant Rights Organizer, Immigration Services Manager, Immigration Services and Education Organizer, Refugee Foster Care Case Manager, Refugee Ministry Coordinator, Refugee Rescue Coordinator, Refugee Resettlement Case Manager, Refugee Services Case Manager, Refugee Support Caseworker, Refugee Worker

 

Sample Faith-based & Non-Profit Employers:

Brazos InterFaith Immigration Network, Catholic Charities, Jewish Family & Children Services, One America with Justice for All, Refugee Services of Texas, Trans World Radio, World Vision


Major Popular US Cities for Immigration Specialists

Houston, TX; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh, NC; Saint Louis, MO; San Jose, CA; Washington, DC

 

Major International Cities for Immigration Specialists

Amsterdam, Netherlands; Athens, Greece; Berlin, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Stockholm, Sweden; Vienna, Austria

 

Admissions Requirement

Applicants must provide an official college transcript showing either a completed Associates degree program or a minimum of 45 credit hours of undergraduate courses taken at a regionally or nationally accredited college or university.  The student must have completed all of the general education requirements at Missional University in order to be admitted into any Bachelor completion program.

 

Required Courses

Livingstone Signature Series:  9 Credit Hours

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Biblical Studies & Missional Foundations Core:  18 Credit Hours


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Diaspora Studies Core Requirements:  33 Credit Hours


Missional Focus 

THM 3000 Theology of the Diaspora

COM 4000 Communication Theory for Christian Witness

 

Diaspora Issues Focus

ANT 3000 Population Movement and Transnational Migration

DSP 3000 Refugees and Displaced Persons

DSP 4000 Disapora Acculturation & Integration

Choose two below:

DSP 3000 Forced Migration and Human Trafficking

DSP 3000 Mental & Physical Health in Diaspora Communities

DSP 3000 Family & Children in Disapora Communities

DSP 4000 Disapora Networks & Social Capital

 

Diaspora Mission Focus

DSP 4000 Launching & Leading a Diaspora Ministry

DSP 4000 Theories & Methods of Diaspora Leadership

 

Diaspora Mission Practice Focus

MIS 4000 Diaspora Studies Internship

MIS 4000 Diaspora Studies Capstone 

  

Diaspora Studies Elective Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BIS in Diaspora Studies are required to successfully complete 12 credit hours of elective credit (equivalent to four courses).  This elective requirement may be fulfilled by any one of the following:

  • Optional Concentration 
  • Elective credits from any of the concentrations
  • Extended Study Beyond Internship 
  • Bachelor Thesis

 

Optional Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BIS in Diaspora Studies degree program may select a concentration that will be applied towards the fulfillment of the Diaspora Studies elective requirements. Concentrations enable students to gain knowledge and competencies in a specific area of study correlated with diaspora studies.

  • Community Health
  • Community Nutrition
  • Contextual Theology
  • Cultural Studies
  • GIS Community Research
  • Immigration Legal Services
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Development
  • Interpreting Services
  • Missional Theology
  • Reconciliation Studies
  • Scriptwriting & Storytelling
  • TESOL Studies

 

Community Health Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

HLT 3000  Principles & Practices of Healthcare

HLT 3000  Community Health Advocacy & Outreach

HLT 3000  Spiritual Caregiving in Healthcare

HLT 4000  Community Health Capacity Building 

Community Health Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Community Nutrition Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

HLT 3000 Life Span Community Nutrition

HLT 3000 Nutrition and Behavior

HTL 4000 World Food Customs and Nutrition

HTL 4000 Nutrition Communication

Community Nutrition Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Contextual Theology Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

THC 3000 Images of Jesus in Non-European Cultures

THC 3000 Learning Theologically Together

THC 4000 Methods and Resources in Contextual Theology

Choose one below:

THC 4000 Asian Theology in Context

THC 4000 African Theology in Context

THC 4000 Latin American Theology in Context

THC 4000 Messianic Theology in Context

THC 4000 Postmodern Theology in Context

Contextual Theology Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Cultural Studies Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

CUL 3000 Social & Cultural Identity

CUL 3000 Global Music as Social Life

CUL 4000 Visual Culture in a Global Society

CUL 4000 Culture & Communication

Cultural Studies Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

GIS Community Research Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

GEO 3000 Introduction to GIS Software

GEO 3000 Spatial Analysis with GIS

GEO 4000 GIS for Mission & Ministry Specialists

GEO 4000 Community Research in Missional Geography

GIS Community Research Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Immigration Legal Services Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

DSP 3000 Legal Issues in Immigration Services

DSP 3000 Legal Terminology for Legal Services

ORG 3000 Volunteer Management in Non-Profit Organizations

DSP 4000 Developing an Immigration Legal Services Ministry

Immigration Legal Services Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Intercultural Communication Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

COM 3000 Communicating Across Cultures

COM 3000 Intercultural Media Literacy

COM 4000 Problems in Intercultural Communication

COM 4000 Communication Ethics & Intercultural Diversity

Intercultural Communication Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

International Development Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

CMT 3000 International Development Theory and Practice

CMT 3000 Positive Impact in Poverty Alleviation Relationships

CMT 4000 Postcolonialism: Understanding Imperial Thought and Impact

CMT 4000 Going Global: a World Gone Flat Through Globalization

International Development Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Interpreting Services Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

DSP 3000 Life and Work of the Missional Interpreter

DSP 3000 Basic Skills of the Interpreting Professional

DSP 3000 Legal Terminology for Legal Services

DSP 3000 Practice in Legal Interpreting

Interpreting Services Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Missional Theology Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

THM 3000 Missional Hermeneutics

THM 3000 Theology of Spiritual Warfare

UMS 3000 Urban Theology: Space, Place & the City

Choose one below:

THM 3000 Theology of Hospitality & Presence

THS 4000 Theology of Community & Society

Missional Theology Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Reconciliation Studies Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

REC 3000 Reconciliation in a Racialized Society

REC 3000 Race, Ethnicity and Peacemaking 

REC 3000 Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills 

REC 4000 Theories in Peace and Reconciliation Studies

Reconciliation Studies Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Scriptwriting & Storytelling Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

FTH 3000 Script Analysis

THR 3000 Story Structure in Dramatic Scriptwriting

FTH 3000 Playwriting

ELD 4000 Art of Telling Biblical Stories

Scriptwriting & Storytelling Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

TESOL Studies Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

LNG 3000 Introduction to Language Structure

LNG 3000 TESOL Methodology 1

LNG 4000 TESOL Methodology 2

LNG 4000 TESOL Program Design

TESOL Studies Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Extended Study Beyond Internship Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BIS in Diaspora Studies degree program may choose to complete a 12 credit hour internship.  

 

Bachelor Thesis Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BIS in Diaspora Studies degree program may choose to complete a Bachelor Thesis on a topic related to Diaspora Studies.  

 

 

Bachelor of Intercultural Studies in Diaspora Studies
Bachelor completion program

Total Required Credits:  72 Credit Hours