Nursing Across Cultures Minor

Beginning Fall 2021, MBU will now offer a minor in Nursing Across Cultures. This interdisciplinary minor will prepare students to serve a diverse patient population well at home and abroad. This program will also uniquely prepare students for missions work in healthcare.

This program will also further prepare students to serve the community of St. Louis well. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau 2017-2018 data, St. Louis’ population of people born outside of the U.S. marks St. Louis as the third-largest metropolitan area in the U.S.

While this program is designed for nursing students, other students may be eligible as well and should talk to their advisor or admissions counselor. Example students may include those on pre-med, pre-physical therapy and pre-chiropractic tracts.


Course Descriptions – Students pursuing the minor will take the following 5 courses

NRSG 423 Spirituality & Diversity in Healthcare – offered in Fall

Spirituality and diversity will be examined from a Christ-centered perspective. Learners will examine the role of spirituality in patient care for clients of multicultural backgrounds across the lifespan. Students will integrate concepts from general education courses to foster critical and ethical thinking from a Christian perspective. Students will develop competencies related to varying attitudes, values, and beliefs based on culture, religion, spirituality, age, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation.

*If a student is pursuing the minor, but is not a School of Nursing student, they would complete the RNBS 423 Spirituality & Diversity in Health course. The course description is the same, but we offer this course in our RN-BSN course instead of face-to-face in the BSN program.

COMM 233 Cross Cultural Communications – Offer fall/spring

A course designed for comparing one’s own culture with other cultures, thereby developing an awareness of the values, traditions, and objectives of various societies. This is a systematic study of what transpires in intercultural contacts and interactions when the communication process involves culturally diverse people, and will explore principles and application of ethics to today’s society. This course will satisfy three hours of the Fine Arts general education requirement.

CSCP 443 – Gospel-Centered Cultural Engagement – Fall, Even years

This course is an advanced course on church planting and will challenge students to think as a missionary to the culture to which they minister. The purpose is to lead students to faithfully proclaim the Gospel while also exegeting the culture. The course will explore ways church planters and leaders can examine a community, obtain demographic information, and develop relationships with non-Christian people in the culture. The class will also examine church leadership and preaching with the culture in view.

CPHI 433 World Religions – Spring, Even years

A study of the major religions of the world in relation to the setting from which each emerged, and the view of life which each developed. Particular attention is given to Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, and Judaism.

NRSG 311 – Nursing Across Cultures Practicum – Fall, Spring, Summer *Independent Study course*

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to participate in providing care for persons in various cultures through volunteering in facilities or serving on a mission trip. Students will gain insights into global health issues and gain a cross-cultural understanding by evaluating principles, issues, and situations that affect clinical decision making at various levels of health care. A total of 80 hours must be completed.



Student pursuing the minor will choose ONE of the following courses to take:

SOCO 353 Cultural Anthropology – Fall, Even year

A general survey of cultural anthropology as a behavioral science, with particular emphasis on culture, language, and social, economic, and kinship relations.

HSCI 433 Health Disparities – Fall

This course will explore the concepts of social epidemiology, or the social and cultural circumstances that negatively or positively influence the health of the individual, the community, and the population. Topics will include, but are not limited to, gender, race, socioeconomic status, culture, and religion.

SOCO 413 Race and Ethnic Relations – Fall, Even Years

A study of the various minority groups in the United States and their significance in race relations. The causes of prejudice and the results of conflict among various religious, social, cultural, and ethnic groups are studied. The history and present status of United States immigration policy are examined. Recommended for students seeking certification to teach.

SOHI 213 Worldview and Social Issues – Fall, Spring years

A broad survey of contemporary social issues such as family organization and structure, crime, poverty, welfare, prejudice, population explosion, science, and government. Students will analyze, discuss and debate a wide range of social issues from various historical, secular, and religious worldviews. Students will also identify, analyze, and apply possible resolutions to current social issues discussed and debated in class. Various ancillary materials will be used in the course, including point/counterpoint debate resources.



Student pursuing the minor will choose ONE of the following courses to take:

CSCE 303 Missions and Mercy – Spring, Odd Years

This course is a biblical study of the role and responsibilities of New Testament churches on a worldwide scale in the task of global ministry and conducting an analysis of the current model of evangelical missions, as it relates to the Biblical pattern presented in Scripture. Special emphasis is given to the development of a theology of the global ministry of each local church based on the body model presented in the New Testament epistles. The student will be able to design and implement a biblical model of a local church-partnering ministry on a global scale.

CSCE 343 Discipleship and Evangelism: Leading in Spiritual Formation – Spring, Even Years

Any theology of leadership in the New Testament church grows from involvement in the spiritual formation of Christians. Through a study of Biblical, classical, and contemporary material, this course assists the students in disciplining themselves “for the purpose of godliness,” as commended in 1 Timothy 4:7 (NASB) and in understanding, practicing and teaching spiritual disciplines in the life and worship of the church. This course presents the emphasis on the how to and the importance of private and corporate worship.

CPHI 413 Christian Ethics – Fall, Odd Years

The normative study of the Word of God applied to Christians, individually and corporately, which considers what they ought to do concerning the moral issues of the day as they are motivated by their union with Christ and empowered by the Spirit of God. Students taking this course for graduate credit must complete all graduate course requirements.

CPHS 433 Contemporary World Views – Fall, Even Years

An examination of several contemporary rivals of Christianity, including atheism, naturalism, Marxism, nihilism, existentialism, eastern religions, and the New Age movement.