One section is a Fall Semester Seminar, one section is a Fall Semester Seminar with Spring Research Project and Symposium, GenEd area 3
Cross-Cultural Communication is the largest course taught on the undergraduate level at SIS. This course has a very specific yet complex and rich focus: the study of culture and the many ways culture influences who we are, how we experience the world, and how we exchange information and ideas through modes of communication.
We will examine historically grounded conceptualizations of culture, more recent interpretations of culture and application of the cultural construct. If we are shaped by our communication, we are also shaped by the culture in which we do that communication. Our culture shapes our expectations of others, helps us define what is normal and reasonable, guides the way we think and the ways in which we communicate those thoughts, and alongside other individuals born of the same circumstances, culture is a binding force for our collective identities.
Throughout this course students will be challenged to think about their own cultural assumptions and explore the ways in which these assumptions differ from those held by people in other cultures.