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Online Associate Certificate Program in
Fundamentals of Diaspora Studies

School: Missional College  //  Study Area: Serving Among Cultural Difference

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

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Associate Certificate in
Fundamentals of Diaspora Studies?


The Associate Certificate in Fundamentals of Diaspora Studies

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Associate program

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Course Length

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Credits Required

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Program Cost

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving interculturally in the mission of God.

A survey of Missio Dei, the Mission of God, explores Salvation History through the redemptive vision of God. The student will learn how God is reconciling all of creation unto himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Students will also observe God at work through His people in mission.

This course explores the spiritual dimension of missional engagement in the post-Christendom world. Students will discover practical and creative ways of deepening their personal spirituality allowing more engagement with not-yet Christians and the development of authentic missional community. Resources will include readings, video interviews with practitioners, creative spiritual practices, real-life experimentation and weekly Q & A reports.

Exploration of an approach to worldview study and a dialogical method to sharing your faith at a personal level, beginning with a clear understanding of Christian mission. Considers how understanding another person’s worldview through asking excellent questions will lead to a variety of approaches to evangelism in the context of diverse 21st century cultures.

Introduction to the basic terms, tools, and issues of cutural anthropology. Students have the opportunity to carry out and write up original research.

What does it mean to live in diaspora? Survey of historical and contemporary movements of peoples away from native environments and the complex issues of identity and experience related to uprooting and re-establishing. Examines specific case studies, theory and practice, drawing from psychology, sociology, history, arts, cultural studies and other humanities

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Introduction to religious beliefs and practices across cultures. It surveys major religions of the world and examines forms of religious beliefs; a variety of gods and supernatural forces; use of myths, rituals, religious ceremonies; shamans, priests, and religious specialists.

This course explores the nature of communication within and among cultures. The class will also examine attitudes toward diversity that lead to stereotyping, discrimination, and prejudice, and explore ways to overcome barriers that separate people from one another.

Survey of major religions, from ancient foundations through current practices. Using films to illustrate lifestyle, culture and context, students explore Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, as well as some less widespread historic and newer religions. Addresses divisions within a religion, how new religions emerge, tribal practices and atheism.

This is an introductory course to the ethical notion of cultural competence. Cultural Competence is required for all human service workers so they can adequately engage clients whom they are serving. This course utilizes National Association of Social Workers standards of competence. Followers of Christ must be prepared to reach all people. This course will help students become more sensitive and effective with people who are different.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Navigating Cultural Difference

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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


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Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.