Intercultural Communication

Bachelor of Arts127 Credits

The Intercultural Communication major is designed to prepare the student spiritually, academically and experientially to positively impact today’s changing and complex world. This includes understanding, appreciating and developing relationships with multiple cultures, in order to communicate transformational principles in a cross-cultural context.
The core courses in this major focus on effective communication in the global community covering Mass Media & Society, Intercultural and Communication Theory, Business and Small Group Communication, Organizational, International, and Interpersonal Communication, as well as Digital Media, Freelancing, Politics, Gender and Race, Journalism Design and Writing for the Media. A main component of this major is the opportunity to interact first hand in ethnic and area studies doing fieldwork abroad with a language component, understanding world religions and anthropology in context.

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  1. Express ideas and arguments Skillfully and persuasively when speaking or writing by applying the theories and techniques of creative, linguistic, literary and rhetorical studies.
  2. Use information literacy skills to analyze, interpret and evaluate information within cultural and historical contexts through reading, writing, and research
  3. Cultivate collegial relationships with international leaders and organizations for collaboration.
  4. Immerse in overseas fieldwork, cooperatively researching to identify local needs, articulating findings and available resources.
  5. Articulate a philosophy of intercultural communication consistent with a Christian worldview.
Course Code
Course Name
Credits
BIB/NWT/OLT/THE
Courses
6 cr
CMS/DIG/MTN
Courses
2 cr
FNA
Fine Arts Course
3 cr
HIS
3 cr
LIT
Literature Course
3 cr
MTH
Math Course
3 cr
PHE
Physical Activity Course
1 cr
SCI
Science Course
3 cr
TOTAL
 
58 credits

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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BIB 103 Biblical Interpretation 3 credits

A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and transla- tion. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools. Only required for non-ministry majors.

BIB 200 Biblical Theology 3 credits

A study of the major biblical and theological themes of both testaments. Emphasis on discovering the flow of ideas that bind the different books of the Bible into a unified whole.
Prerequisites
: OLT 123, NWT 113.

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research. A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

HIS 213 Ancient and Medieval World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the beginning of civilization to the Renaissance. Special attention is given to major events, individual, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 223 Modern and Contemporary World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the Enlightenment to the present. Special attention is given to major events, individual, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 233 U. S. History - Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243 U. S. History - Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, etc. No prerequisites required.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281Health and Nutrition1 credit

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. May be taken one time only. This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credits

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 214Theology of Missions from a Pentecostal Prospective3 credits

An introduction to Biblical principles and practices relating to the role of the Holy Spirit in conjunction with the Church of Jesus Christ empowered by that same Spirit in sending missionaries and laymen to plant indigenous churches, thus fulfilling Christ's Great Commission

THE 233 An Introduction to the History and Theology of the A/G 3 credits

A study of Assemblies of God antecedents, history, government, doctrinal emphases, distinctives, and missions.

Major Requirements

COM 136Mass Media & Society3 credits

Overview of the history, organization, economics, content, control, and effects of mass communications on society. Examination of mass media industries, including print, broadcast, cable, film, telephony, and the Internet.

COM 143Communication Theory3 credits

A study of the theories of human and mass-mediated communication with an emphasis on research and writing. Topics include communication system theory, signs and languages, discourse, message reception and receiving, social and cultural realities, and critical theories.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497 and COM 123 or 494.

COM 243Nonverbal Communication3 credits

This course is a comprehensive introduction to nonverbal communication including environment, space, physical appearance, movement, eyes and facial expressions and vocal cues, providing analysis of the effects of nonverbal communication on human interaction in personal, workplace and cross-cultural settings.

COM 293Intercultural Communication3 credits

An introductory course in communications between those of various cultures dealing with core culture and value orientation. The silent language and problems of Americans in other cultures are brought into focus.

COM 303Interpersonal Communication3 credits

The study of the nature of interpersonal communication theory, processes and relationships. Examines face to face interactions using cognitive learning, skills training, and experiential techniques to better understand and interact with others. Includes practice in personal application of communications principles.

COM 323Business Communication3 credits

Emphasis on methods needed for effective communication in the business environment. Includes interpersonal communication, oral and written reports, business letters and memos, proposal writing, and case study presentations.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497 and COM 123 or 494.

COM 436Small Group Communication3 credits

Theory, research, and practice related to the structure and functioning of groups, including leadership, decision making, and variable requisites to effective communication. Combines theory and practice to develop an awareness of group dynamics and employs small groups in the processes of information seeking and problem solving. Also includes a study of communication in organizations and practical application through the assessment and identification of communication problems in organizations.

COM 454Crisis Communication & Media Relations3 credits

Analysis of corporate, institutional and governmental conflict and crises. Consideration given to nature of social conflict, negotiation, problem-solving, crisis planning, news conferences and press releases.

EDU 340 Methods of Teaching ELL 3 credit

A course designed to prepare students to teach English language learners in ESL classes and in mainstream content area classes in public and private schools in the United States and to teach ELL in a foreign country. Included are theories of second language acquisition, program models for ELLs, curriculum development, and lesson planning using variety of methods to integrate the teaching of English listening, speaking, conversation, pronunciation, and grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing with content area objectives.
Prerequisites: EDU 103, ECE 123 OR EDU 263, CMS 233.

LED 525Organizational Leadership & Communication3 credits

This course will analyze organizational structures, styles, conflict management, personalities and the impact that they have upon an organization and its development, along with the essentials of effective communication channels to nurture an organization so that it can identify well-articulated processes for decision making and team involvement. Areas of study will also include budgeting, scheduling, staff management, committee structures, leadership and communication. Ethical issues will be addressed to focus upon organizational integrity.

COM 163Introduction to Digital Media3 credits

Survey of the history, present, and future of media including television, radio, communication policy, online video, social media, and the Web. This course covers technological, social, and economic implications for users, producers, and distributors of traditional and new media.

COM 301Freelancing and Shameless Self-Promotion3 credits

This course covers topics in freelancing, starting a business, branding, and social media marketing. Featuring a skill-building approach to course topics, this course equips students to start and publicize their own business using available tools and techniques. Students will learn to establish their personal businesses ethically and legally.
Prerequisites: COM 136 and COM 143. Junior rank or higher.

COM 346Politics, Gender and Race in the News3 credits

The media represent categorical groups based on gender, race, religion or culture in various ways. This course focuses on the nature of such representations in particular media or across various media. While the course focuses on representations of one or more of the categorical groups delineated in the course title, the emphasis is on the manner and effects of such representations within a society.

DIG 231/252Sports Broadcasting I-II3 credits

Study of sports broadcasting by means of integrating the knowledge and practice acquired through other Digital Media & Communication classes (such as Digital Design, Video I & II, Digital Audio, Marketing & Public Relation, etc). This class will be used to develop each student’s knowledge and skill set in various areas of Digital Media & Communication by implementing each skill set into a sports broadcast. (BSA)

DIG 263Digital Design3 credits

An introduction to techniques for layout, design, typography, editing, formatting, and publishing of various documents. Course also introduces students to graphic design as a conceptual and visual discipline. Projects focus on solving visual problems from a wide range of topics in a variety of media. Includes a review of software programs.
Prerequisite: COM 163. Course requires purchase of Adobe Creative Cloud software.

ENG 311Journalism Lab1 credits

Information coming soon.

ENG 313Journalism3 credits

An emphasis on the practical application of writing skills. News stories, reporting techniques, feature writing, editing, photojournalism and layout will be studied. Principles of journalism are applied specifically to church promotion. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 333Writing for the Media3 credits

This course will introduce students to various types of mass media writing -- print and broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising and online media. It will develop skills in information gathering, interviewing, organizing, writing and revising media writing and in judging the quality of current media writing. Students will learn how to create a weblog or online “blog” and become an expert in a niche field. The class will teach students to look at a news story and determine the best media to represent it. Prerequisites: ENG 123 or ENG 497.

ENG 333Writing for the Media3 credits

This course will introduce students to various types of mass media writing -- print and broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising and online media. It will develop skills in information gathering, interviewing, organizing, writing and revising media writing and in judging the quality of current media writing. Students will learn how to create a weblog or online “blog” and become an expert in a niche field. The class will teach students to look at a news story and determine the best media to represent it. Prerequisites: ENG 123 or ENG 497.

LNG 203/233Beginning French I-II3 credits each

An introduction to the essential elements of spoken and written French with particular emphasis on oral proficiency, aural comprehension, and reading. French II is a continuation of French I.

LNG 213/223Beginning American Sign Language I – II3 credits each

A study of American Sign Language (ASL), learning the Language of Sign and a study of Deaf Culture. Lectures will include instruction in American Sign Language. It may also include such topics as psycho-social aspects of deafness, the history of Deaf people, and principles of the language. The method of teaching will include: silent and voiced lectures, student participation, practice, repetition, video tapes, book reading, written reports, guest lectures, games and independent Deaf culture experience. LNG 213 is a prerequisite for enrollment in LNG 223. Limited enrollment course.

LNG 283/293Beginning Spanish I – II3 credits each

Essential elements of Spanish grammar, pronunciation, simple conversation, reading, and composition. Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I.

PSY 487Psychology of Cross-Cultural Adjustment3 credits

A study of the challenges of living and working effectively in cross-cultural settings, including interpersonal relations, temperament, cultural adjustment, adaptation, and assimilation.

REL 223Intro to World Religions3 credits

The world’s great religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism are studied with a comparison to Christianity. Each religion is then considered in light of its anthropological and cultural influences.

REL 323Understanding Eastern Religions3 credits

An introduction to the history, beliefs, and major writings of Eastern religious traditions. Emphasis is placed on the intersection of each belief system with everyday practice.

SOC 403African American Experience3 credits

A historical and sociological study of African-American culture and its contribution to American society. Urban conditions of the African-American community caused by economic impoverishment, political disenfranchisement, and social marginalization are studied in depth.

SOC 414Ethnic Study French Culture3 credits

A survey of the French-speaking world with its cultural, historical, socio-economic, political and religious beliefs. The course will foster in students an ability to identify distinctive patterns of thought and behavior that contribute to the formation of French cultures. This class will also foster a critical and informed familiarity with the various cultures in the francophone world - in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the South Pacific.

SOC 415Asians in the North American City3 credits

An overview of historical, cultural, communal, and religious aspects of Asian populations in North American cities. A contextual focus designed to understand this culturally distinct segment of American society is discussed from a number of integrative perspectives.

SOC 416The Hispanic Challenge in North America3 credits

The course will study the growth and prevailing immigrations trends of the fastest growing sector of North American culture. Particular attention is given to Hispanic migration, multi-ethnicity, and the unique challenges of first- and second-generation immigrants.

SOC 417Indian and Pakistani Culture3 credits

Understanding the foundations of Indian and Pakistani culture within the context of the vast immigration to the North American cities is the key focus of the course. Contextual issues designed to understand this culturally distinct segment of American society are discussed from a number of integrative perspectives.

SOC 418Ethnic Study: Hispanics & People of Latin Descent3 credits

This course attempts to give students an understanding of distinguishing differences of Hispanic culture both in Latin America and in North America, including the immigration which affects both. Contextual issues designed to understand this culturally distinct segment of society will be discussed from a number of integrative and sociological perspectives in order to better serve and reach them with the Gospel.

ICS 471Internship Seminar2 credits

This course is to prepare the student for his/her internship. Emphasis will be placed upon self understanding, conflict resolution, and the practical concerns faced by interns. Time will also be given to formalize the specifics for each internship. This course is a prerequisite for ICS 481.

ICS 481Internship3-6 credits

This internship provides a supervised experience in learning and ministering interculturally. Internships are tailored according to the student’s major. One academic credit will be given for each month of successful completion of 75 hours of field work. Prerequisite: ICS 471.

ICS 299Travel Seminar2 credits

This course combines country and cultural research, personal and team preparation, international experi- ence and a concluding reflection. The student will apply theory taught in the classroom setting through tangible experience.