Cultural intelligence matters.

The intercultural studies major equips you for cross-cultural ministry in a church or parachurch setting. It trains you to provide a curriculum that is biblically rooted, theoretically sound, holistically based and practically relevant. And it empowers you to become an innovative cross-cultural leader who follows the teaching of Christ in making disciples of all ethnic groups.

Here, we take a holistic approach to ministry. From course work in interpersonal relationships to spiritual formation, professors support your growth as a well-rounded individual and professional. This prepares you to integrate your faith and work.

Why Cornerstone University?

  • Expect more interaction with expert faculty. At Cornerstone, we intentionally limit class sizes because we value relational learning. This means you'll receive more in-class attention from professors who are committed to seeing you thrive.
  • Enrich your perspective. Cornerstone is a multi-denominational learning community. This allows you to hear different voices and consider new perspectives from within a shared confessional base.
  • Get involved in leadership development. Student-led organizations, clubs and initiatives give you the chance to apply leadership principles in meaningful ways. For example, Enactus works to address local and international needs with sustainable solutions.
  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Bible, Religion & Ministry
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Science, Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Career Opportunities

    A bachelor's degree in intercultural studies prepares you for a range of career options and graduate programs.

    • Program development
    • Church planter
    • Community leader
    • Overseas or inner city ministry
    • Work with youth, orphans and the poor

    Relevant Classes

    A well-rounded list of liberal arts and major classes prepare you to excel as an innovative, character-driven professional. And trained advisers provide the personalized, strengths-focused guidance you need to thrive as a college student and complete your degree.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide. This shows how you can finish your degree in four years.

  • Global Internships

    100% of our traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. More than a graduation requirement, this real-world experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical skills for career success.

    With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.

    • Neurocore Pro
    • Up and Out Ministries

    Job Outcomes

    Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.

    • ABWE International
    • Bella Vista Church
    • Benjamin's Hope
    • Emmaus Ministries
    • Mars Hill Bible Church
  • Job Placement Rate


    of our traditional undergraduate intercultural studies majors from the class of 2016 were working within six months of graduation.