The MAIS is a thirty-nine credit hour program based on an integrative framework of theory, research, and practice designed to enhance the intercultural competency of its globally-engaged students. The program recognizes interdisciplinarity as an essential foundation for intercultural study and engagement. As a result, program graduates are equipped with the integrative skills necessary to operate in a variety of domestic and international communities of practice, including but not limited to the private sector, government, education, and vocational ministry. In addition, graduates are well-equipped for doctoral study.
The program core provides students with a range of current theories, discourses, and research styles from a variety of disciplines as a framework of information relevant to intercultural study. In addition to eighteen (18) credit hours within the program, the core also offers students a twelve (12) credit-hour emphasis. Courses include the following:
Designed as a course sequence that provides students the opportunity to integrate and apply the program core, the integrative component consists of a six (6) credit hour qualitative research project and a three (3) credit-hour program capstone research project. The integrative component includes the following courses:
The MAIS faculty, comprised of scholars and leaders operating in a number of contexts in and beyond Union University, is dedicated to providing students with an optimal graduate level experience. Actively engaged in research and hands-on intercultural initiatives, the MAIS faculty’s intercultural research and practice includes but is not limited to the following: