Intercultural Competence and Diversity Across the Curriculum


Intercultural Competence and Diversity

Intercultural knowledge and competence is “a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.’

Instructional Objectives:

  • Place social justice in historical and political context
  • Articulate insights into their own cultural rules and biases
  • Demonstrate a complex understanding of the complexity of the history, values, politics, beliefs, and practices of other cultures
  • Interpret intercultural experiences from more than one (their own) worldview
  • Articulate a complex understanding of cultural differences in verbal and non-verbal communication

Minimum Criteria for Approval

Courses in this category may focus on differences among people in the United States and/or on understanding contemporary issues from a global perspective or understanding cultures and societies different from those in the United States.

  • Explicitly address at least one of the instructional objectives listed above.
  • Address issues of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, and other markers of cultural difference as a substantial component of the course, not as an “add on.’
  • Emphasize the cultural interactions between the Western and non-Western worlds, and/or the interplay between various identity groups within the United States.
  • Have at least 50% of the readings and assignments of the course devoted to topics relating to diversity and intercultural competence.