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Online Undergraduate Certificate Program in
Immigration & Diaspora Studies

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

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Immigration & Diaspora Studies is a humanities-based interdisciplinary certificate program introducing students to the tools to study, encounter, and engage with immigrants, internationals and refugees across the globe. Through the program students gain the following capabilities:

    • ability to relate the biblical and theological foundations of God's plan for global redemption throughout the Old and New Testament to the missional mandate within various cultures
    • ability to apply a theological understanding of how God has worked toward, with and through people in diaspora in their biblical and historical contexts to contemporary immigration, refugee, and justice issues
    • ability to evaluate and articulate how globalization has influenced contemporary migration by broadening who migrates and where migrants go, the role of social networks and cultural capital in facilitating migration, and the factors that affect reception, settlement, incorporation, and return
    • competency in creating contextually-appropriate missional responses for various refugee and voluntary migration scenarios
    • competency in interacting with diaspora peoples who face issues in identity formation, adaptation and accultration issues in local contexts
    • competency in reaching out to a specific diaspora population, solidifying their vision for diaspora ministry, developing an implementaton plan, and putting it into practice

Refugee and immigrant service organizations provide a wide range of programs and services for the diaspora community including resettlement help for refugees and special immigrant visa holders, assistance for asylum seekrs, aid to recently arrived immigrant children and youth, immigration legal services, English as a second language training, interpreting services, and outreach to international students. The Undergraduate Certificate in Immigration & Diaspora Studies equips students to serve immigrants, internationals and refugees by developing competencies that lead to programs and services to aid immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers that affects their reception, settlement and incorporation into their new country. Students are taught to approach their role among diaspora peoples from a God-centered prespective, joining the mission of God in the lives of those in their community.

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 Bachelor completion program

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving immigrants & refugees in the mission of God.

Examines the biblical theological foundations of God's plan for global redemption throughout the Old and New Testament. The student will explore the eternal purpose of God for humanity, the state of those who have not heard the gospel, and the application of the missional mandate to various cultures.

An examination of the phenomenon of increasing global migration of people from both internal and external perspectives. The student will explore a theological understanding of how God has worked toward, with and through people in diaspora in their biblical and historical contexts. Application will be made to contemporary immigration, refugee, and justice issues.

Exploration of the theories of population dynamics and movements from an anthropological perspective. Students will examine how globalization has influenced contemporary migration by broadening who migrates and where migrants go, the role of social networks and cultural capital in facilitating migration, and the factors that affect reception, settlement, incorporation, and return.

Focus on issues such as the nexus between forced and voluntary migration, the Mediterranean refugee crisis, transition from relief to development, internally displaced populations, refugees/displaced persons, immigration patterns, refugee protection, and national security issues. Particular attention to creating contextually-appropriate missional responses for various refugee and voluntary migration scenarios.

Exploration of challenges facing today's diaspora sojourners: How adaptation and entry occur, and how the diasporic self influences and guides in integrating identity formation and acculturation to a local context. Using case studies, interviews, group discussions, multi-media, and research assignments on biblical and secular diasporas, the student will gain knowledge and insight on how to practically interact with diaspora peoples.

Introduction to the implementation and practice of diaspora ministry. Theory and knowledge learned in other diaspora courses will be reviewed and then applied to the student’s work in this course. Students will pinpoint and reach out to a specific diaspora population, solidifying their vision, developing a plan, and putting it into practice.

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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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

 

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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.

TIER COUNTRIES

100% Tuition

 

$295
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$885

TIER COUNTRIES

80% Tuition

 

$236
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$708

TIER COUNTRIES

60% Tuition

 

$177
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$531

TIER COUNTRIES

40% Tuition

 

$118
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$354

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.