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College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid
Intercultural Skills Program
Coordinator: James Kohn
Undergraduate Adviser: Kohn
Minor in Intercultural Skills
Our world is composed of countless different cultural groups who increasingly come into contact with one another for the purpose of business, politics, education, information exchange, or travel. Our own U.S. and California populations, already diverse with resident ethnic groups, are becoming even more diverse with the influx of numerous immigrants. Every member of this heterogeneous citizenry needs to understand cultural diversity and to know how best to appreciate and profit from it.
The minor is particularly appropriate for students entering careers in which contact with other cultures is assured: education, international business, social services, etc. All students, however, can profit from the minor by improving their appreciation both of their own cultural background and of the reality and value of cultures different from their own.
MINOR IN INTERCULTURAL SKILLS
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).
IS 300 Introduction to Cultural Awareness 3
One of the following courses in intercultural communication skills 4
IR 305 International Negotiation (4)
SPCH 541 Intercultural Communication (4)
SPCH 542 Intracultural Communication (4)
One of the following courses in theoretical frameworks for cross-cultural comparison
(or selected other courses on advisement) 3-4
ANTH 310 Kinship and Social Structure
ANTH 550 Culture and Personality
ANTH 581 Anthropology and Folklore
SOC 461 Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons (4)
One course in one's own culture on advisement 3
One course in a culture other than one's own, on advisement 3
IS 600 Culminating Seminar 3
NOTE: Courses in one's own culture focus on an ethnic or national group with which the student identifies. Courses in another culture focus on an ethnic or national group with which the student does not identify. The decision as to which courses fit into which category will be made by the student in consultation with the program coordinator.
Foreign Language Competency
All students completing the Intercultural Skills Minor will be required to demonstrate intermediate-level competency in one modern foreign language other than English. For specific information about how to meet this requirement, students must consult with the minor adviser.
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