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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 303
Course Title: Intercultural Communication
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Study of the role of communication in multicultural and intercultural contexts, including issues related to values, language and non-verbal behavior as they relate to effective multicultural and intercultural interaction. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Sophomore standing.


Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Experiencing Intercultural Communication
By Martin, Judith & Thomas Nakayama (McGraw-Hill)
Our Voices: Essays in Culture Ethnicity and Communication
By Gonzales, Alberto, Marsha Houston, & Victoria Chen (Roxbury)
Communication Between Cultures
By Samovar, Porter, & McDaniel (Wadsworth)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify current trends in intercultural communication theory and practice.
  2. Describe how intercultural communication effects issues of cultural diversity and cultural values.
  3. Recognize obstacles to intercultural strategies and how to overcome them.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

All students in this course MUST complete the following assessment devices: a minimum 6-8 page major written research paper, a minimum 8-10 minute oral presentation, and 2-3 formal exams. These devices will be used by the department of measure the effectiveness of the program. Students will study:

  • Components and patterns of culture
  • Cultural message creation
  • Intercultural relationships
  • Intercultural competencies and obstacles



Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: August 27, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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