Bachelor of Intercultural Studies
in Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services

The immigration legal & interpreting services major is a humanities-based interdisciplinary Bachelor completion program providing students the training to be certified by the US Federal Bureau of Immigration Affairs to process immigration paperwork on behalf of non-citizens and prepares bilingual students to take the exams to become a certified interpreter in legal and medical contexts. 

 


Why Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services?

In an increasingly complex and migratory world, where people from various cultures and language groupings mix, those who can bridge these difficulties and facilitate communication are essential. Students who are bilingual will be able to translate that linguistic skill into a marketable commodity for their own use and that of the community at large. 

According to many sources, there are not enough law firms or centers to even begin to meet the need for immigration legal services. More centers are needed, but the training for setting up a center and managing it effectively is rarely offered. When such training is offered, it tends to be either a quick workshop or purchase of an expensive ongoing membership with a mentoring agency. This program enables bilingual students to be prepared to join the staff of an ongoing center or start an immigration legal and interpreting services center.

 

Gainful Employment Information

Sample Employment Positions:

Interpreter and Translator, Interpreting Services Coordinator, Health Care Interpreter, Legal Services Interpreter, Educational Interpreter, Online Remote Interpreter and Translator, Immigration Legal Advocate

Immigration Counselor, Citizenship & Immigration Services Counselor, Immigration Legal Services Coordinator, Immigration Client Services Manager, Immigration and Citizenship Program Manager

 

Sample Faith-based & Non-Profit Employers:

Canal Alliance, Catholic Charities, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, Hunting Park United Methodist Church,  Immigration Alliance of the Anglican Church, Lutheran Family Services, Lutheran Social Services, Workers Defense Project, Translation and interpretation agencies


Major Popular US Cities for Interpreting Specialists

Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Minneapolis, MN; Phoenix, AZ ; Seattle, WA

 

Major International Cities for Interpreting 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.

Students must be bilingual; fluent in another language other than English in order to be admitted to this 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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Immigration Legal Services Core Requirements:  33 Credit Hours


Missional Focus 

THM 3000 Theology of the Diaspora

COM 4000 Communication Theory for Christian Witness   

 

Immigration Legal Services Focus:

DSP 3000  Legal Issues in Immigration Services 

DSP 3000  Developing an Immigration Legal Services Ministry  

 

Interpreting Services Focus:

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 

DSP 4000 Medical Terminology for Health Services

DSP 4000 Practice in Medical Interpreting

 

Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services Practice Focus

DSP 4000  Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services Internship

DSP 4000  Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services Capstone

  

Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services Elective Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BIS in Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services 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 Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services degree program may select a concentration that will be applied towards the fulfillment of the elective requirements. Concentrations enable students to gain knowledge and competencies in a specific area of study.

  • Community Health
  • Contextual Theology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Development
  • Missional Theology 
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Reconciliation Studies
  • 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

 

 

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

 

 

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

ANT 3000 Population Movement and Transnational Migration

DSP 3000 Refugees and Displaced Persons

DSP 4000 Diaspora Acculturation & Integration

DSP 4000 Theories & Methods of Diaspora Leadership

Diaspora Studies 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

 

 

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 

 

 

Non-Profit Administration Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

ORG 3000 Launching & Leading Non-Profit Organizations

ORG 3000 Volunteer Management in Missional Organizations

DSP 4000 Legal Services Management - Systems, Procedures & Ethics

Choose one below:

ORG 3000 Program Evaluation for Non-Profit Organizations

ORG 4000 Budgeting & Financial Planning for Non-Profit Organizations

ORG 4000 Grant Writing

Non-Profit Administration 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 

 

 

 

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 Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services degree program may choose to complete a 12 credit hour internship.  

 

Bachelor Thesis Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BIS in Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services degree program may choose to complete a Bachelor Thesis on a topic related to Immigration Legal & Interpreting Services.  

 

 

Bachelor of Intercultural Studies in Immigration Legal Services
Bachelor completion program

Total Required Credits:  72 Credit Hours