Intercultural Studies Course List


Old Testament

Old Testament History and Literature I (BOT 1000)  3 credits
Study of the chronological unfolding of the Old Testament from Genesis through the book of Judges. The poetic books will also be examined. Emphasis will be given to the relationship between the biblical text and its historical, social, and cultural setting.

Old Testament History and Literature II (BOT 1001)  3 credits
Study of the chronological unfolding of the Old Testament from the time of Samuel through the Post-Exilic era. The prophetic books will also be examined. Emphasis will be given to the relationship between the biblical text and its historical, social, and cultural setting.  

Old Testament Electives  7 credits (3 upper division)

New Testament

New Testament History and Literature (BNT 1000)  3 credits
Overview of the New Testament giving special attention to the history, background, content, and main message of the individual New Testament books and the New Testament as a whole.

Synoptic Gospels (BNT 3008)  3 credits
Comparison of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, emphasizing Christ’s earthly mission. Attention given to the social, cultural, and political background of these books.

New Testament Electives  3 credits

Biblical Studies Approach

Interpretation of Biblical Literature (BSA 1002)  3 credits
Introduction to the principles of biblical interpretation in order to better understand the Bible. Emphasis placed on the application of these principles.

Advanced Hermeneutics (BSA 3019)  3 credits
Study of various interpretive issues including the canon, translation issues, text criticism, and contemporary methods of interpretation.

Bible Electives

Bible Electives  3 credits (upper division)


Christian Faith (TH 2005)  4 credits
An introduction to the main people, events, and theological positions of the Christian Tradition. Contents will focus on the doctrine of the Bible, God, humankind, the person and work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the Church, and the last days.

Contemporary Issues in American Society (TH 2222)  2 credits
This class will examine topics in American society which are currently under debate, such as homosexuality and the origins of the universe. The course will examine these topics by looking at the various positions evidenced in current American society. These positions will then be examined in relation to the biblical text.

Biblical Theology (TH 4005)  3 credits
Study of the major biblical themes in the Old and New Testaments including the kingdom of God, covenants, temple, law, and people of God. Designed to be taken in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree program.

General Education


College Writing I (ENG 1000) 3 credits
Prerequisite: acceptable placement score or ENG-0099
Emphasis on improving skills and effectiveness in written communication through critical reading of diverse literary genres and extensive writing. Course deals with developing authorial voice and adapting that voice to academic audiences.

College Writing II (ENG 1001)  3 credits
Continued emphasis on composition with concentration on critical and creative thinking. Includes use of sources, research methods, and preparation of college-level research papers.

Cross-Cultural Communications (CUL 2007)  2 credits
Introduction to the theory and skills needed in communicating effectively across cultures. Particular emphasis placed on making theory practical through use of simulations, case studies, and role plays.


Freshman Seminar (HUM 1002)  1 credit
Introduction of collegiate level study skills and other disciplines necessary for success at the undergraduate level. Includes an overview of the philosophy and community dynamics which defines the OHCC experience.

Worldviews (HUM 2007)  3 credits
Examination of the theoretical and practical expressions of various worldviews. Designed to help students realize that all thinking and writing has a starting point in a world view.

Humanities Elective  2 credits

Senior Seminar (HUM 4002)  2 credits
Designed to be taken in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree at OHCC. Course features reflection on one’s college experience, practical preparation for the next steps beyond college, and integration of faith and theology with contemporary issues.

Social Science

World History (HI 2003)  3 credits
A study of the ancient Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and European roots of modern Western civilization through the Renaissance/Reformation era.

Church History I (HI 3150)  3 credits
Prerequisite: HI 2003

Study of the history of the Christian church from its founding to the pres - ent. Special emphasis on the people, events, and doctrinal controversies significant in the growth of Christianity. Includes exploration of the inter - play of Christianity with politics, the great church councils, the crises that emerge, divisions and alliances, and confluence of forces that determine the complexity of the Christian church today.

Cultural Anthropology (CUL 2003)  3 credits
Introduction to the field of cultural anthropology in order to better understand ourselves and others. Emphasis given to an understanding and critiquing of various theoretical approaches, the concepts of cultural relativism and ethnocentrism


Science/Math Elective   3 credits


General Education Electives  5 credits

Intercultural Studies

Spiritual Formation I (CM 1001) 3 credits
Course focuses on developing a Christ-centered life and awareness of ministry avenues. Special emphases on spiritual gifts, missions, and submitting each area of life to God.

Spiritual Formation II (CM 1002)  3 credits
Course introduces the basic concepts and skills needed for evangelism and discipleship. Emphases include understanding the world around us while communicating one’s faith, exploring one’s role as a disciple, and effective ways to disciple other followers of Christ.

Teaching in Ministry (CM 2009)  3 credits
Practical survey of the skills needed and resources available for teaching in children, youth, or adult ministries.

Student Outreach (CM 1200, 2200, 3200)  6 credits
Includes weekly volunteer experiences under the direction of the Student Outreach Director. Ministry areas include evangelism, discipleship, and social concern. Students’ experiences are facilitated by qualified supervisors who provide accountability and feedback. Outreach must complement the student’s major during the junior year.

Global Christianity (IS 2001)  3 credits*
Historical and sociological analysis of the causes and impact of Christianity as an international social movement. Special emphasis given to its contemporary role in development and social change among third world nations.

History of Christian Expansion (IS 2000)  1 credit
Survey of missionary activity from Pentecost to the present with emphasis upon the 19th and 20th centuries. Offered in an independent study format.

Intercultural Life and Work (IS 3001)  3 credits
Introduction to the practical realities of missionary life including such topics as support raising, public relations, culture shock, language learning, life- style, and the care of missionary children.

Intercultural Seminar (IS 4001)  2 credits
Examination of selected issues in the theory and practice of missions. Development of personal theology of missions.

Cultural Elective  2 credits

Special Topics in Intercultural Studies (IS 3008)  2 credits
Provides opportunities for students to participate in events, conferences, and classes related to intercultural studies.

Intercultural Studies Internship (IS 4010)  6 credits
Internship involving a significant cross ? cultural ministry experience and may be arranged through a mission board or denomination. Specific details should be worked out with the Intercultural Studies Program Director.

Free Electives

Free Electives 16 credits (3 upper division)


Biblical Studies 40 credits

General Education 36 credits

Intercultural Studies 34 credits

Free Electives 16 credits

Total 126 credits

*There is a course fee for this class.