Bachelor of Arts in English & Intercultural Studies

Southeastern’s English and intercultural studies program will prepare you to have an impact on other cultures — both academically and spiritually. Perhaps you will develop an English curriculum for a church interested in cross-cultural ministry, or you may even spend time overseas yourself, teaching English while broadening your own education and cultural understandings. Participate in study abroad opportunities, including a semester as a student at Oxford University or a trip to Nicaragua to earn credits toward a minor in Spanish.In the program itself, you will take English, education and missions classes, developing three skill components that are important for cross-cultural ministry. You may also choose to participate in one of our study abroad opportunities. At the culmination of your studies, you will complete a capstone internship combining your professional interests with all three academic areas — English, teaching and missions.

Enhance your skills in writing and teaching as a tutor in our ACE program, assisting fellow students with their written course work.

Program Details

51 hours of major core
61 hours of general education
16 hours of electives

Total credit hours — 128

Sample Core Courses

  • Applied Linguistics (ENGL 4043) — This course is a practical approach to teaching English to speakers of other languages. The course includes topics such as general linguistics, language theory, principles of language acquisition and techniques for teaching and assessing K–12 ELL students. Special attention is given to the linguistic components of English, namely phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse and pragmatics.
  • Advanced Grammar (ENGL 3333) — An examination of the major grammatical approaches to the English language, with consideration of both theory and practical analysis.
  • Missionary Life and Work (MISS 2533) — A study of the missionary motive, objective, call, qualifications and preparation of missionary candidates; spiritual and cultural life of the missionary on the field; the administration of missions at home and abroad; and methods used in planting indigenous churches. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts.
  • World View and Mission Strategy (MISS 3303) — An investigation of humanity and various worldviews from a missionary perspective. Various dimensions of people groups and subsystems are examined as they relate to the world as a whole and as a tool for developing effective missions strategy. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts.

Educational Psychology

Applied Linguistics

Advanced Grammar

Advanced Expository Writing

American Literature

Oral Interpretation

TESOL Internship

Intercultural Communication

Missionary Life and Work

World Views and Mission Strategy

TESOL Field Experience: Teaching Grammar to ESL/EFL Learners

TESOL Field Experience: Teaching Reading and Writing to ESL/EFL Learners

TESOL Field Experience: Teaching Speaking and Listening to ESL/EFL Learners

TESOL Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading and Writing

TESOL Methods and Materials for Teaching Speaking and Listening

Principles and Practice of ESL/EFL Assessment

British Literature I OR II

Theology of Missions OR History of Missions


Nonprofit director


English tutor

Bible translator


Want to sharpen your Spanish skills and accelerate your ability to earn a minor in Spanish? Then Nicaragua is the study abroad program for you. Earn a full ten credits towards a Spanish minor in one month. Travel throughout the country, take in the Nicaraguan history and culture, and be forever changed.

Learn more about SEU Study Abroad.