COMM 140 : Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Explores the nature and impact of different cultures on communication. Includes interactive relationship forms as the basis for global understanding in the classroom, business or travel. Focus on processing messages with accelerating changes in political, economic and immigration patterns through individual cultural perceptions. Understand and communicate with people who are "different."


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  • explore how culturally-based assumptions influence communicative behaviors, perceptions, and attitudes.
  • examine historically-based worldviews and the evolution of communication through the filter of cultural ideas, behaviors and issues.
  • critically examine the impact of cultural filters on communication in order to become more sensitive toward people with different values and beliefs.
  • analyze how social institutions perpetuate systems of privilege and discrimination and how these are manifested through communication in order to improve one’s own communication.
  • explore intercultural communication in terms of power relationships.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT-B, Arts and Letters/AAOT.

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Grading Options

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