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Seminary Academics

Intercultural Development Module

Required for all degree-seeking students, the Intercultural Development Module (IDM) is designed to help students develop cross-cultural knowledge, skills, and sensitivity. The IDM framework is initiated in your first year of Seminary and continues through your entire program—and beyond. You will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as early as possible in your first year of Seminary, after which you will develop a plan in consultation with Field Education personnel to participate in experiences that will:

  • Enhance your self-awareness of your perspective of cultural interaction and engagement
  • Respond to your developmental stage of cultural differences and commonalities, and work toward growth as needed
  • Set goals to maximize your cross-cultural exposure and experiences (campus life, classes, immersion trips such as Sankofa and Journey to Mosaic, personal and professional relationships, etc.)

During your final year of Seminary, you will participate with a five to 10 person cohort in a one-day module to reflect on your intercultural development and experiences and develop a life plan to continue your intercultural competence.