Starting from a strong Biblical and spiritual foundation, the programs within the Intercultural Studies Department are designed to give students the conceptual understanding and practical experience needed to thrive in our multicultural, hyper-connected world. This foundation is combined with courses from the University of Valley Forge catalog that explore and develop the passions and talents of the individual student in a flexible and adaptive way. By using the framework of their own God-given passions, interests, and talents, the ICS department prepares students to think in fresh, creative ways about life, work, and service in cross-cultural settings around the world.
The Deaf Ministries and Deaf Culture Studies majors prepare Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as well as hearing, men and women with foundational knowledge and skills essential in Christian service such as the Bible, Christian education, worship, cross-cultural communication, and church policy. Graduates of these majors will be equipped to lead in research and the development of innovative concepts in ministry to enhance the lives of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. They are also trained for careers serving as pastors, teachers, and church leaders. UVF is committed to expanding the scope of the traditional ministerial training program by affirming the American Deaf Community through community involvement and service.