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Program Goals and Learning Outcomes for the Major

Intercultural Communication is an interdisciplinary major housed in the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts.

In successfully completing a major in Intercultural Communication a student will have opportunities to

Program Goal #1

Adopt multiple worldviews in the creation and delivery of articulate, reasoned, and ethical messages

Learning Outcomes

  1. Employ critical thinking skills in the formation of arguments
  2. Use culturally competent verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  3. Apply culturally appropriate ethical standards in their conduct as senders and receivers of messages

Program Goal #2

Gain an understanding of the general theory and practice of communication across public, relational, intercultural, political, and mediated contexts

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the nature and process of theoretical inquiry
  2. Critically analyze messages using a theoretical framework
  3. Describe and use principles and techniques that may be employed to improve communication effectiveness 

Program Goal #3

Develop sensitivity to the multicultural dimensions of communication within and across contemporary U.S. and global societies

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the contingent nature of cultural patterns and value orientations
  2. Analyze cultural differences as they affect and are affected by the process of communication

Program Goal #4

Acquire the skills necessary to function as mindful, creative, and responsible citizens who grasp the ambiguity of diverse communication situations

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate an understanding of one’s position within a complex society
  2. Employ engaged listening skills in a variety of social contexts
  3. Explain empathy and apply this concept in social interactions

Program Goal #5

Explore the multicultural dimensions of U.S. and global societies through experiential learning and coursework in a wide range of disciplines

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply communication theories and skills in varied cultural contexts through study abroad, internships, community service, and service learning experiences
  2. Analyze how disparate disciplines investigate and explain diversity