Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies Degrees Conferred at Golden Gate Seminary

Eleven students received degrees on May 20, 2010, for the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, awarded by Union University on the Northern California Campus of Golden Gate Seminary, as part of the Global Studies Partnership (GSP).

The Global Studies Partnership is a partnership between Golden Gate and Union University, in which students earn two degrees: a theological degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS) from Union University. The Golden Gate degree satisfies the biblical and theological readiness requirements for international placement, while the MAIS degree provides professional credentials for access to unique global contexts.

Phillip Ryan, Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Union University, noted that this cohort was the first to take their research findings to a professional organization. He was referring to HERA, the Humanities Education and Research Association. The cohort presented at the conference, “Intersections: Mind, Body, Time, Space,” in March 2010 in El Paso, Texas.

The 2010 MAIS graduates are Lindsey M. Adams, April Joy Coffman, Rebekah Joy Crane, Emily Ann Nash Harper, Jody Eugene Harper, Megan C. McDaniel, Christina Liana Mosley, Aura Magdalena Opris, Gift Suison, David W. Thornton and Sarah Marie Wiemero.

Dr. Cynthia Powell Jayne, Associate Provost, Institute for International and Intercultural Studies, Union University, gave the commencement address, conferred the degrees and presented diplomas.

“Today, more than ever, the world is in need of great thinkers,” Dr. Jayne said, addressing the graduates, and their families as well as seminary faculty, students and staff. “We need a new generation of serious-minded intellects who will engage the culture with the truths of Christian faith. These men and women, like those before them, must be prepared to contemplate and clarify the most perplexing issues of our time.”

Addressing the graduates, Dr. Jayne charged them with the following, “We look to you to step boldly into positions of service and leadership, and to use the knowledge you have gained in the MAIS to edify others and proclaim your faith.” She invited them to “partner with us in preparing the next generation intellectually and spiritually for the opportunities and challenges of the future.”