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. The responses provided by the professors are linked below, categorized by those that reflect self-awareness, knowledge, and skills associated with intercultural competency.

Courses and assignments that develop intercultural competency self-awareness

Examples 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

Courses and assignments that develop knowledge related to intercultural competency

Examples include:

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

Courses and assignments that develop skills related to intercultural competency

Examples 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

Off-campus, intercultural experiences available to Huntington University students

Learn more about these opportunities and others 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