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Minor in Intercultural Studies

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 an area of study in consultation with the department chair. Students are expected to develop an understanding of one cultural group or to explore a thematic interest in depth.

Objectives of the Minor
Students earning a minor in intercultural studies should be:

  • Developing cultural group knowledge and understanding;
  • Using intercultural models to analyze similarities and differences between cultures (ethnic, racial, gender, social class and other minority and national identities) and their interactions;
  • Developing an ability to analyze power, social hierarchy, and social inequality effects in interactions involving individuals,  groups, organizations and nations; and
  • Developing a problem-solving focus as it relates to the ability to effectively communicate with and relate to others from various cultural or national backgrounds.

Requirements for the Minor

Intercultural Courses
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 (.50 credit)
ICS 271 Intermediate Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)

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 385 LGBTQ Identities and Communal Journeys
ICS 390 Special Topics in Intercultural Studies
PSY 325/425 Psychology and Culture
SOC 212 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 304 Majority-Minority Relations

Areas of Study
Working with the department chair, students select one or two elective courses from the various areas of study to complete their specific coursework. These include:

  • Regular and adapted Elmhurst College courses;
  • Special January Term courses;
  • Portfolio documentation of workshops, training sessions, lectures, retreats, etc., undertaken with an intercultural studies program focus;
  • Independent study, research, field experience;
  • Study abroad, internship, off-campus study or Service-Learning.

At least half the ICS coursework must be taken at Elmhurst College. Some areas of study, especially international, may require additional foreign language competency. A maximum of two courses may count also toward other majors or minors.

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