Intercultural communication is essential for professionals seeking domestic and international careers.

Throughout all of our programs, we emphasize intercultural competence—facilitating students’ cultivation of dispositions that contribute to effective communication between individuals and groups of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

The Intercultural Competence (ICC) specialization helps develop essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes to expertly lead and train multicultural teams, sensitively interact with diverse stakeholders, and create effective ICC assessments and training materials.

Overview

The ICC specialization is designed for students currently enrolled in any of the Institute’s degree programs who seek to develop ICC knowledge, skills, and attitudes in both themselves and others.

  • Develop an awareness of theories of culture and intercultural interaction.

  • Become aware of the ways in which power, identity, language, and group dynamics impact communication.

  • Develop participant observation skills that enable critical reflection.

  • Engage in ongoing self-reflection.

  • Question assumptions that guide diverse interpretations of and approaches to interaction.

Study On-Site and/or Online

Your courses are available in person and online. Please note that many of your online courses will be live (synchronous) so you will have to keep time zones in mind. The faculty, curriculum, and per-credit cost are the same for both formats so you will have the flexibility to study online or in person, or easily switch between the two experiences as your personal and professional needs allow.

Curriculum

The 16-credit ICC specialization curriculum integrates experiential, practical, and theory-based courses that vary in length (full-semester, half-semester, workshops) and delivery (classroom, online). A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.

Core (10 credits)

Provides a strong basis in relevant ICC theory, research, and practice. Required courses:

  • Introduction to Intercultural Competence (2 credits)

  • Intercultural Group Dynamics/Organizations (2 credits)

  • Power and Identities in Intercultural Contexts (2 credits)

  • Communication in Multicultural Settings (2 credits)

Additional Core and Electives (6 credits)

Students also select ONE of the following TWO core courses, and the remaining six units can be selected from ICC electives available every semester.

  • Intercultural Training in Organizations (Prerequisite: Introduction to Intercultural Competence) (2 credits)

  • ICC Assessment (Prerequisite: Introduction to Intercultural Competence) (2 credits)

Faculty

ICC courses are taught by professionals, educators, and researchers who are engaged in ongoing work in intercultural competence. Meet our faculty.

Tuition

If you take 12–16 credits in a semester, you will be charged the comprehensive fee:

  • $21,317 per semester for the 2021–22 academic year
  • $22,383 per semester for the 2022–23 academic year 

If you take 11 or fewer credits in a semester, you will be charged at the per credit rate:

  • $1,777 for the 2021–22 academic year.
  • $1,600 for the 2022–23 academic year.

Apply

Contact Associate Professor Netta Avineri, chair of the Intercultural Competence Committee, with any questions.