Intercultural Studies





Intercultural Studies

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One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

ICS 270 Introduction to Intercultural Studies
.50 credit
The first intercultural seminar includes conceptual review, introduction to intercultural models and student-generated cultural and international comparisons. Topics develop the stated objectives for the major or minor. Students enrolled are encouraged to take this course early in their program. The course is open to any student wishing to gain an understanding of intercultural dynamics.

ICS 271 Intermediate Intercultural Studies
.50 credit
This course completes the two-course, half-credit series of intercultural basic courses required for a major or minor in the intercultural studies program. It is also relevant for any student wishing to develop intercultural understanding. Students who successfully complete this course will have substantially developed intercultural knowledge and skills. Prerequisite: ICS 270.

ICS 275 Introduction to International Studies
This course uses a global perspective to introduce students to international political, economic, social, ethnic and gender issues and institutions. Emphasis is placed on discerning and analyzing the nature of intercultural interactions, both historical and contemporary.

ICS 370 Intercultural Capstone
.50 credit
Students enrolled in the program for a major complete a third seminar. The goal of this course is to develop and present a capstone project. The project, developed in consultation with a seminar instructor, should address individual and program objectives. Students should take this course at the end of their program. Prerequisite: ICS 271. Spring Term.

ICS 375 Critical Issues in Women’s Studies
To stimulate discussion and understanding about the way the world is perceived from a woman’s perspective, this course will examine the lives of women and the attitudes and institutions that affect women living in the United States and around the world in various social, political and cultural contexts. This course will investigate the ways that age, culture, nationality, class, ethnicity and sexuality impact women’s experiences.

ICS 380 Intercultural Experiential
.50, .75 or 1.00 credit
Majors and minors in intercultural studies will undertake a study-away experience or a field placement in a site relevant to their focus area of study. Prerequisite: ICS 271. As offered.

ICS 385 LGBTQ Identity: Individual and Communal Journeys
This course will utilize the Facing History and Ourselves curriculum to facilitate students’ exploration of the historical and current realities of being LGBTQ in America. Specifically, it will use the Facing History concepts of identity, membership, we/they, creating the other and universe of obligation to examine the LGBTQ experience in America. Students will consider the history and development LGBTQ identity and how it has changed over time in the U.S. Where appropriate, comparisons with the LGBTQ experience in Europe will also be made. Emphasis will be put on examining the efforts to both exclude and include the LGBTQ community in certain societies and cultures at various times in history, and the results of these measures on the development of the identities of LGBTQ individuals and the wider LGBTQ community.

ICS 390 Special Topics in Intercultural Studies
Directed study of intercultural topics determined by faculty expertise and student interest. Contact instructor for course description. Repeatable for credit.

ICS 395 Civil Rights Movements: U.S.
Students will study the many parallels between the anti-apartheid struggles of South Africa and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Drawing upon intercultural content within an international context, this course will address critical race theory and include writings by and about Tutu, King, Gandhi, Mandela, Biko and Malcolm X, as well as learning from the oral traditions of 1960s activists. The seminar format allows students to interact with international activists. Student assessment will include a research project in which students interview participants in historical events.

ICS 492/292 Independent Study
.50 or 1.00 credit
An independent course for students to pursue their special intercultural interests. Prerequisite: consent of the ICS chair or course instructor. Upon request and approval.

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