Course Number:
COMM 140
Transcript Title:
Intro to Intercultural Comm
Aug 04, 2022
Aug 04, 2022
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:

placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98


WR 121

Course Description

Explores the impact of different cultures on communication. Includes interactive relationship forms as the basis for global understanding. Focuses on processing messages with changing political, economic and immigration patterns through individual cultural perceptions. Understand and communicate with people who are "different." Prerequisites: placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for cultural diversity and values and beliefs that differ from their own.
  2. Understand the impact of cultural filters and culturally-based assumptions and how they impact communication, perceptions and behaviors.
  3. Recognize the cultural and historical bases of difference and the concept of "other."
  4. Demonstrate awareness and knowledge of key intercultural communication principles and concepts, including the role of social construction and how it perpetuates social inequities.

Alignment with Institutional Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
Not Addressed
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)
4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
Not Addressed
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • In-class participation in cross-cultural activities.
  • Journals chronicling cross-cultural interactions and identifying culturally-based assumptions and interpretations
  • Research papers exploring historically- and culturally-embedded behaviors, values and beliefs.
  • Oral presentation of Cultural Profile, depicting one's own cultural heritage through visuals, artifacts and narrative.
  • Critical analysis of films representative of and relevant to cross-cultural concepts.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

Themes, Concepts, and Issues

  • Ethnocentrism
  • Conflict
  • Social Perspective-taking
  • Power
  • Culture
  • Diversity
  • Perception
  • Language
  • Symbolic Interactionism
  • Prejudice and oppression (isms)
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Intercultural Communication theories

Competencies and Skills

Students will:

  • Be able to explain the complexity of the term "culture".
  • Be able to see how the nature of language causes one to "see" the world from others.
  • Be able to determine how cultural, ethnic, class, etc. differences affect values and tolerance.
  • Be able to identify and compare beliefs and values, world views, and the social organization of diverse people.
  • Be able to exhibit tolerance towards cultural differences.
  • Be able to engage in introspection to determine how one’s cultural perceptions, attitudes, values, and beliefs influence the communication process.
  • Be able to reduce anxiety when communicating with people from cultures other than one’s own.
  • Be able to gain the ability to self-reflect/analyze one’s own cultural frame of reference.