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Online Graduate Certificate in
Intercultural Communication in Glocal Cultures

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

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Intercultural Communication in Glocal Cultures?


The Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Communication in Glocal Cultures equips students to be effective communicators in cross-cultural and multicultural situations. Students are empowered to work with confidence across cultures by expanding their understanding of cultural differences and by developing sought-after competencies in cultural sensitivity and intercultural communication skills.

Leaders today are expected to be effective transcultural communicators. The intercultural communication curriculum explores the nature of communication within and among cultures through discussion of key methodologies of cultural analysis, how diverse cultural orientations influence the way people perceive and interact, the underlying causes of intercultural conflicts, ethical approaches to navigating between and within cultural settings, and issues for effective and meaningful Christian witness in the missional context of many languages and cultures.

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 Master's degree program

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving through intercultural communication in the mission of God.

Analyzes how God has spoken to and through mankind through word, deed, nature, and natural objects. Comparing and contrasting the Biblical evidence, historical examples, communication theory, and missiological concerns, the student will develop both a theology and strategies for communicating the Good News in a variety of contexts.

An exploration of the process and dynamics of intercultural communication. Emphasis is placed on modifying stereotypes, active listening, and understanding cultural differences.

An advanced evaluation of major theories and research approaches in the field with particular attention to a critical assessment of the role of culture in contemporary communication in various cultures. The course readings, assignments and class discussions intend to prepare the student for evaluating the nexis of communication forms, cultural studies and intercultural communication approaches.

The course delves further into the process of human communication from the point of view of effectively bringing the message of the Logos meaningfully and clearly into the wide-range of often very different human contexts. The Christian witness moves into the communication process recognizing the presence of both objective and subjective realities. This class also looks into the biblical and philosophical questions surrounding the various assumptions that the communicator brings into the communication process, encouraging critical thinking over the matter of the nature of the Christian message of the Gospel.

This course provides the basis for understanding potential problems of intercultural communication that arise in interactions between people from different cultures. As Samovar notes, complex nature of human behavior produces many communication problems-perhaps more than the problems addressed in this course. It is for this reason that we will explore how diverse cultural orientations influence the way we perceive and interact with an increasingly culturally diverse world. The overall purpose of this class is to understand causes of intercultural conflicts in different communication settings (interpersonal, small group, school, workplace and global) and how to manage them effectively.

This course examines various ethical approaches to communicating. Additionally students will learn to distinguish between communication patterns that are “unethical” and ones that are simply understood and applied differently in differing cultural contexts. Finally, students will learn to navigate between and within these varied contexts.

Optional Additional Courses

Analysis of anthropological and linguistic theories on the connections between languages and cultures. The course will focus on how a language offers resources to individuals to help them accomplish their goals, to institutions and social groups to help them maintain their power, and how language shapes our thoughts in a particular culture.

Language is a unique gift from God to create meaning and conduct communication. This course introduces key concepts and principles in the study of the social functions and context of language. We will focus on how language is relational and how meaning is produced, maintained, negotiated, manipulated and changed in the dynamics of social relationships. Students will design a poster to map a concept or a principle of their choice. They will then present the topic to the class. Students will also present a systematic analysis of a case study of language learning or teaching in the rich social contexts of meaning negotiation. By reflecting on the relational and dynamic change of meaning creation, negotiation and change, they will develop a framework to understand and articulate how language works and grow in professional knowledge and skills for their language learning and teaching practice.

This course will explore the complex relationship between the media and society and learn how the media communicate, persuade, and construct meaning across cultures. This course recognizes that people gain information about other cultures and people groups through mass media, so it seeks to enable students to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in various cultural contexts.

The fundamental premise of visual culture in global society is reciprocal, in that it creates meaning through global flows and that the very foundations of global capital, global culture, and global media are based on the dynamics of visuality, and in the power systems it both affirms and challenges. In this course we use a visual perspective to analyze major historical themes: nationalism, colonialism, cultural imperialism, racial and cultural difference and similarities in, society and religion. Students will focus on the inter-relationship of visual culture with the development and process of globalization, which forces similarity, and students will evaluate the role and impact of global cultural flows.

When Can I Get Started?

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






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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.