MASTER OF ARTS IN INTER-CULTURAL STUDIES (M.A.I.S.)
Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary

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3-4 years

Course Description


CONCENTRATIONS WITHIN THE M.A.I.S. DEGREE PROGRAM

CONTEXTUALIZATION STUDIES
– This concentration will engage the student in missiological studies with a broader basis in history of mission, anthropology, communication, and leadership strategies for mission today.  Greater priority will be put on providing a strong biblical foundation with the application of behavioral science insights to create an appreciation for the academic significance of missiological study as well as providing necessary tools and strategies for mission practice.  A thesis production would be essential in this emphasis to introduce the student to the area of writing for academic journals that enhance the body of missiological knowledge.  Thesis is required (6 hours)

MAJOR FIELD OF CONCENTRATION – 5 subjects
The World Mission
History of Mission
Cultural Anthropology
Intercultural Communication
Cross-Cultural Discipleship

TRANSFORMATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES – This concentration focuses on the areas of social injustice in the world today, and offers keys to a biblical response to those injustices.  Because poverty is at the heart of many injustices, a study of the dynamics of the poor will be essential to understand the commonalities of their worldview (hopelessness) in order to seek ways to meets their needs.  This includes specialized studies in human trafficking, compassionate ministries, and community development.  This concentration calls more for practical experience, and therefore a student in this concentration can choose between writing a thesis (6 hours) or doing a practicum and internship (6 hours).

MAJOR FIELD OF CONCENTRATION – 5 subjects
The World Mission
Community Transformation and Development
Human Trafficking or Global Child Welfare
Intercultural Communication
Anthropology of Poverty

URBAN STUDIES – This concentration engages the contemporary fact that the majority of our world’s population now lives in cities.  This is especially significant for Asia, which has the highest number of mega-cities (multiple millions of population) in the world.  A two front focus for this emphasis includes strategies of evangelism and church multiplication for urban areas along with a hefty amount of leadership approaches for new paradigms of church.  Building from a strong biblical foundation, students in this emphasis will learn to investigate an urban context that is characterized by rapid change, poverty, and a rejection of much of traditional culture, in order to offer meaningful communication of the gospel and to establish the church (the people of God).  A student in this concentration can choose either writing a thesis (6 hours) or doing a practicum and internship (6 hours).

MAJOR FIELD OF CONCENTRATION – 5 subjects
The World Mission
Urban Ministry
Urban Anthropology
Intercultural Communication
Street Children or Global Child Welfare

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