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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: EAPP 110
Course Title: Exploring U.S. Culture
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Designed for international students, this course explores U.S. American culture, with emphasis on values, attitudes, and patterns of behavior. By understanding U.S. cultural values more fully, students will become more effective and appropriate in their interactions on campus and in the community. Taught by instructors with a background in second-language teaching, this course provides structured opportunities to practice and improve reading, vocabulary, listening, writing, and speaking skills.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):


Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg: Improving English and Understanding U.S. Cultural Patterns
(The University of Michigan Press)
American Ways: An Introduction to American Culture
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Articulate the concept of culture and its many facets.
  2. Describe and analyze U.S. values and beliefs, including where they come from, how they affect patterns of behavior and aspects of life in the U.S., and how they compare to own culture’s values and patterns of behavior.
  3. Communicate course findings and opinions with increased clarity and fluency.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Overview of ethnic, racial, religious, and linguisitc diversity in the U.S.
  • Overview of historical events, government/politics, and education in the U.S.
  • Core cultural values and beliefs that have shaped U.S. American culture, such as individualism, freedom, self-reliance, equality, materialism, volunteerism, etc.
  • Vocabulary, with emphasis on the Academic World List (AWL).
  • Synthesis of information and insights gained through course content and directed interactions with Americans, both orally and in writing.
  • Skills and strategies, such as observation, reflection, analysis, and evaluation, to improve cross-cultural awareness and intercultural competence.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

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: Miranda Wilkerson Date: September 30, 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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