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.’
- 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.