Associate of Arts

Intercultural Studies

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AA Intercultural Studies

A student may elect to pursue an Associate of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies. While the curriculum is shortened, the overall objectives are the same as with the Bachelor of Arts program. It provides a Bible and Theology core, the foundations of a general education, and practical missionary training for use on a foreign field.

General Requirements

Students preparing for involvement in cross cultural ministry should recognize that there are a number of non-credit learning opportunities outside the classroom that are needed to properly prepare for missionary work. The following non-credit opportunities will therefore be provided to fulfill the requirements of Intercultural Studies Seminar. A minimum of two events per semester must be attended.

1.  Attendance of the Intercultural Studies Retreat
2.  Attendance of the Missions Congress
3. Attendance of Intercultural Studies Organization outreach to other countries
4. Attendance of the Monthly Organizational Meeting
5. Attendance of other organizational functions such as international meals, etc.


1. The student will have understanding of the biblical and philosophical basis for the mission to the church to carry the gospel of Christ to people of every nation, race, and religion.
2. The student will recognize the missionary’s task as a personal responsibility requiring Christ’s lordship over the whole of his/her personal, social and intellectual life.
3. The student will understand the uniqueness of a foreign culture, appreciate the local value system, and adjust with a minimum of culture shock.
4. The student will comprehend the New Testament indigenous church principles and have the right concept of the missionary’s role in relation to national church, government, mission board, his country, and his/her home church.
5. The student will meet the field service qualifications designated by the board under which he/she will be serving.

Complete Course List

Bible Core (12 hrs)

Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Foundations of Faith
Theology of Holiness

General Education Core (36 hrs)

Christian Service Class
English Composition
Rhetoric and Research
History of Civilization I or II
Philosophical Studies
General Psychology
Public Speaking
Fine Arts Elective
Historical Perspective Elective
Literature Elective
Math Elective
Science Elective

Intercultural Studies Major (18 hrs)

World Geography
Principles of Missions
Cultural Communications
World Religious Systems
Missions Practicum
Intercultural Studies Internship

Admission Requirements

Education: Graduation from high school is the basic requirement for entrance. It is recommended that high school graduates have successfully completed at least four units in English, three units in Science, three units in Mathematics and three units in Social Studies. Students graduating from A.C.E. and other nontraditional schools should have completed the requirements for a college entrance diploma.

Students, who have an equivalent of a high school education, may be admitted if they have successfully passed the General Educational Development (G.E.D.) test. Anyone presenting a G.E.D. must be at least 18 years of age and must have a minimum score of 410 on each of the five tests and an average standard score of 450 on all five tests. (Total standard points required to pass = 2250)

Homeschooled students seeking admission to HSBC are required to submit official transcripts from reputable home school organizations documenting the completion of all academic work necessary for a high school diploma. If this is not possible, the student may be required to take the G.E.D. test.

Tests: All applicants are required to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT)with writingprior to being admitted to school. HSBC prefers the ACT. These tests are used for counseling and advising purposes.

Hobe Sound Bible College has been assigned the following test code numbers: The American College Test (ACT)5471. The CLEP5306 and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)5306.

Course Schedule

Year #1 (Fall Semester)

Orientation (NC)
Old Testament Survey (3)
Christian Service Class (3)
English Composition (3)
History of Missions (3)
World Geography (3)


Year #1 (Spring Semester)

New Testament Survey (3)
Rhetoric and Research (3)
History of Civilization II (3)
Principles of Missions (3)
World Religious Systems  (3)
Elective (3)

Year #2 (Fall Semester)

Cultural Communications (3)
Philosophical Studies (3)
Public Speaking (3)
Foundations of Faith (3)
Missions Practicum (3)
Elective (3)

Year #2 (Spring Semester)

Theology of Holiness (3)
Perspectives on World Evangelism (3)
Internship (3)
General Psychology (3)
Elective (3)

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