The Intercultural Studies minor is an excellent choice for students interested in diversity, multicultural and ethnic studies who want to develop intercultural awareness and skills. You’ll learn about the structures of cultures, explore your own culture and discover a range of cultures different from your own.
For a minor in Intercultural Studies, you will choose a focus area in consultation with an ICS advisor. Students are expected to develop an understanding of one cultural group or to explore a thematic interest in depth. Nursing majors are encouraged to identify themselves to a focus advisor or ICS co-coordinator to develop a focus within the work required for their major.
Objectives of the Minor
Students earning a minor in intercultural studies should be:
Requirements for the Minor
To develop an understanding of cultural and thematic issues as guided by program objectives, students take two half-course credit intercultural studies courses, as follows:
ICS 270 Introduction to Intercultural Studies (Half course)
ICS 271 Intermediate Intercultural Studies (Half course)
Core Conceptual Courses
To develop a conceptual base for intercultural understanding, students must take two or three courses from among the following:
BUS 271 Introduction to Global Business
BUS 350 Cultural Diversity in Organizations
COM 315 Intercultural Communication
ENG 230 Readings in Race, Class and Gender
ICS 275 Introduction to International Studies
ICS 390 Special Topics in Intercultural Studies
PSY 325/425 Psychology and Culture
SOC 212 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 304 Majority-Minority Relations
Focus Elective Courses
Working with the ICS Program director or an ICS advisor, students select one or two elective courses from the various focus options to complete their specific cultural or thematic focus work. These options include:
At least half the ICS course work must be taken at Elmhurst College. Some focuses, especially international, may need additional foreign language competency. A maximum of two courses may count also toward general education requirements or other majors or minors.