Learning Outcomes for the Major
Through the pursuit of a major in intercultural communication, students will have opportunities to:
- Adopt multiple worldviews in the creation and delivery of articulate, reasoned, and ethical messages as demonstrated by 1) employing critical thinking skills in the formation of arguments; 2) using culturally competent verbal and nonverbal communication skills; 3) applying culturally appropriate ethical standards in their conduct as senders and receivers of messages
- Gain an understanding of the general theory and practice of communication across public, relational, intercultural, political, and mediated contexts as demonstrated by 1) explaining the nature and process of theoretical inquiry; 2) critically analyzing messages using a theoretical framework; 3) describing and using principles and techniques that may be employed to improve communication effectiveness
- Explore the multicultural dimensions of communication within and across contemporary U.S. and global societies as demonstrated by 1) explaining the contingent nature of cultural patterns and value orientations; 2) analyzing cultural differences as they affect and are affected by the process of communication
- Acquire the skills necessary to function as mindful, creative, and responsible citizens who grasp the ambiguity of diverse communication situations as demonstrated by 1) articulating an understanding of one's identity within a complex society; 2) employing engaged listening skills in a variety of social contexts; 3) explaining empathy and applying this concept in social interactions
- Develop interdisciplinary perspectives on the multicultural dimensions of U.S. and global societies through coursework and experiential learning activities as demonstrated by 1) applying communication theories and skills in varied cultural contexts through study abroad, internships, community service, and service learning experiences; 2) analyzing how disparate disciplines investigate and explain diversity and inclusion.