Undergraduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies with a focus in Immigration & Diaspora Studies

Serving immigrants and refugees in the mission of God

Why Immigration & Diaspora Studies?

The Undergraduate Certificate in Immigration & Diaspora Studies is a humanities-based interdisciplinary certificate program introducing students to the tools to study, encounter, and engage with immigrants, internationals, and refugees across the globe. Through the program students gain the following capabilities:

  • ability to relate the biblical and theological foundations of God's plan for global redemption throughout the Old and New Testament to the missional mandate within various cultures
  • ability to apply a theological understanding of how God has worked toward, with, and through people in diaspora in their biblical and historical contexts to contemporary immigration, refugee, and justice issues
  • ability to evaluate and articulate how globalization has influenced contemporary migration by broadening who migrates and where migrants go, the role of social networks and cultural capital in facilitating migration, and the factors that affect reception, settlement, incorporation, and return
  • competency in creating contextually-appropriate missional responses for various refugee and voluntary migration scenarios
  • competency in interacting with diaspora peoples who face issues in identity formation, adaptation, and acculturation issues in local contexts
  • competency in reaching out to a specific diaspora population, solidifying their vision for diaspora ministry, developing an implementation plan, and putting it into practice

Refugee and immigrant service organizations provide a wide range of programs and services for the diaspora community including resettlement help for refugees and special immigrant visa holders, assistance for asylum seekers, aid to recently arrived immigrant children and youth, immigration legal services, English as a second language training, interpreting services, and outreach to international students. The Undergraduate Certificate in Immigration & Diaspora Studies equips students to serve immigrants, internationals, and refugees by developing competencies that lead to programs and services to aid immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers that affect their reception, settlement, and incorporation into their new country. Students are taught to approach their role among diaspora peoples from a God-centered perspective, joining the mission of God in the lives of those in their community.

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