Intercultural Communication

Course No: IST 315

Course Title: Intercultural Communication

Credits: 3


Catalog Description

This course is an exploration of the interdisciplinary field of intercultural communication. Emphasis is on increasing communicative competencies in cross-cultural settings. Drawing from the fields of anthropology, communication, linguistics, psychology, and sociology, this course is designed for students who wish to gain the practical skills necessary to communicate effectively in today’s interdependent international community. Satisfies World Cultures General Education requirement.


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course a student will:

  • Value and appreciate cultural diversity.
  • Develop lingua-cultural awareness and flexibility.
  • Develop skills to work and study within culturally diverse contexts.
  • Apply the theories of intercultural communication to daily encounters.
  • Identify the challenges and barriers to effective intercultural communication.
  • Communicate effectively with those from different cultural backgrounds.


Required Reading

Martin, Judith and Thomas Nakayama. Experiencing Intercultural Communication, (5th Ed.)  New York : McGraw Hill, 2014.