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Intercultural Studies


Joshua Paxton, M.Div.

Joshua Paxton, M.Div.

Program Director of Intercultural Studies and Director of the Burnham Center for Global Engagement

Joshua Paxton has been with Calvary since 2012, first as Missionary in Residence and now as Director of the Burnham Center.  Josh and his wife Amber have served with Avant Ministries, a Kansas City based mission agency since 2009. Josh still serves with Avant part-time in a recruitment role. His experience includes time in Italy, Poland, and Greece. His favorite classes to teach are Cultural Anthropology, Cross Cultural Communication, and Evangelism and Church Planting. He is still heavily involved in the Kansas City community in ministries to immigrants and refugees.

Tim Hange, M.Ed.

Tim Hange, M.Ed.

TESOL Coordinator

Tim Hange completed eight years of service as an academic missionary in Moscow, Russia. He and his wife served at Hinkson Christian Academy, led English clubs and camps through the English Cafe ministry, and tutored children at state orphanages. Tim’s hobbies include playing guitar, reading, playing strategic board games, and studying the Russian language. His primary passions, however, are working with international students and creating contexts for discipleship through education.


The word “synergy” refers to cooperation between two or more organizations. That is exactly what this option entails.Through Calvary’s relationships with several mission agencies, students have the option of progressing immediately to the mission field through taking specific coursework in conjunction with a chosen missions agency’s existing training program.

Burnham Center for Global Engagement

Globally, 3.1 billion people remain unreached with the life-saving gospel.  Through classroom instruction and partnerships with current practitioners in missions like Avant, Crossworld, Biblical Ministries Worldwide, and Ethnos360, the Burnham Center for Global Engagement provides students with the biblical and cultural knowledge and skills necessary for cross-cultural work and ministry.  The Burnham Center is designed to train students to effectively communicate the gospel in an ever changing world.

Intercultural Studies (Major/Minor)

Tuition and Fees 2021-2022

Tuition On Campus Courses$380.00 per credit
Tuition Online Courses$415.00 per credit
Military and Full-Time Ministry Workers On Campus$280.00 per credit
Military and Full-Time Ministry Workers Online Courses$280.00 per credit
Student Services fee $468 for 2 cycles ($234 per 8 week cycle)
Dorm Room - Double$1,470 per semester ($735 per 8 week cycle)
Dorm Room - Single$1,780 per semester ($890 per 8 week cycle)
Meal Plan (20 meals/week)*$1,390 per semester ($695 per 8 week cycle)
*The full meal plan is required for all freshmen (29 or fewer credits). Students with 30 or more credits recorded on their Calvary transcript may select from other meal plan options.

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Judy Swartz

The Intercultural Studies program at Calvary provided a rich experience of learning about diverse cultures and beliefs. I appreciated the textbook readings, engaging class interactions, and writing assignments which facilitated my understanding about other cultures and ministry. In my chaplaincy vocation, I take with me into the clinic setting the communication, counseling, cultural, and theological concepts and skills I learned from my Intercultural Studies classes at Calvary University.

Nathan Harmer

The Intercultural Studies program at Calvary University has given me a solid foundation for cross-cultural ministry. I continually find myself going back to this foundation as I serve in ministry. I am so thankful that God gave me the opportunity to be prepared for service at Calvary.

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Student Reflections on Wayumi

Student Reflections on Wayumi

This is a followup to a previous article. Calvary Students Learn About Tribal Church Planting/ My name is Josiah Stout, and I am currently in my second semester at Calvary pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in Intercultural/ELL studies. Going to Wayumi over spring...