Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

intercultural competency

We asked professors to share some of the courses, assignments or experiences that help students develop intercultural competency. Intercultural competency is the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to effectively interact with different cultures and their ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. Below are assignments that reflect self-awareness, knowledge and skills associated with intercultural competency.

1. The following assignments reflect intercultural competency self-awareness. This would include:

  • Seeing differences between persons and cultures as valuable.
  • Finding value in personal cultural heritage.
  • Self-examination of personal worldview.
  • Awareness of an interpersonal dynamic which takes place in a multicultural interaction.

2. The following assignments reflect knowledge related to intercultural competency. This would include:

  • Knowledge of different cultures.
  • Knowledge of institutional oppression or privilege.
  • Knowledge of multiple self-identities.
  • Knowledge of internalized oppression or privilege.

3. The following assignments reflect skills related to intercultural competency. This would include:

  • Identifying and discussing cultural differences and similarities.
  • Developing empathy for others.
  • Ability to challenge or support individuals and systems.
  • Making appropriate institutional and personal interventions.
  • Developing cross-cultural interaction skills.

4. The following are a list of off-campus, intercultural experiences by Huntington University students. Learn more at our GoLearn page.

  • Australian Studies Centre Semester 
  • Cheltenham, England through BCA 
  • American Studies Program 
  • Contemporary Music Center
  • Semester in Spain 
  • The Scholars' Semester in Oxford 
  • Jerusalem University College