Intercultural Studies Programs of Study

Programs of Study

Saint Mary's College offers a student-designed major or a minor in InterCultural Studies.

The Student-Designed Major

Given the interdisciplinary nature of InterCultural Studies, a superior student may design a program of study that uses intercultural dynamics as a framework to organize her specific concerns. Interested students must declare their intentions by the spring semester of sophomore year and submit a proposal prepared with the help and advice of a faculty sponsor.

The Minor in InterCultural Studies (15 hours)

Founded in 1999, the InterCultural Studies minor (ICS) offers students a challenging program of study on the theme of intercultural contact and intergroup dynamics. Each of the courses in this interdisciplinary minor draws attention to the varied ways that members of different cultural and social groups have come into contact, both historically and in the contemporary world, and the results of these interactions. As a whole, the minor is designed to sensitize students to the ways that social life has been and is increasingly shaped by intercultural encounters. Drawing together courses from the humanities, sciences and professional fields, the InterCultural Studies minor serves students with varied academic and professional interests.

Program Requirements

Students in the InterCultural Studies program must complete five courses approved for the minor (15 hours) including the following:

  1. ICS 201, Introduction to InterCultural Studies.
  2. One Cultural Theory Course (listed below)
  3. One Theory of Power and Privilege (listed below)
  4. Six additional credits (listed below)

 

Cultural Theory Courses
(ONE COURSE REQUIRED)
Theory and Power Courses
(ONE COURSE REQUIRED)
ANTH 253 Culture & Language ENLT 390

Reading Whiteness

ANTH 370 Native American Cultures POSC 319

Politics of the Third World

COMM 350 Intercultural Communication POSC 390

Politics of Race

POSC 207 Introduction to Comparative Politics SOC 355

Nationality, Race, and Ethnicity in the US

 

 

SOC 360

Social Stratification: Class, Gender & Race

 

ICS Elective Courses
(Six additonal credit hours)
3 credit hours ANY ADDITIONAL COURSE FROM THE LIST OF CULURAL THEORY COURSES

ICS
290, 390, 490

Special Topics
3 credit hours ANY ADDITIONAL COURSE FROM THE LIST OF THEORY AND POWER COURSES ICS 300 Experiential Learning
ANTH 141 Culture and Society MLFR 408 Culture of Business in French Speaking World
BIO 313 Economic Biology MLFR 462 Francophone Cultures & Literatures  

BIO 320

Parasitology MLFR 491

French Colonization

BUAD 329 Gender/Race Issues in Management NURS 414/L Community Health Nursing & Lab 

BUAD 422

International Management PHIL 245

Non-Western Philosophy

EDUC 201 Foundations for Teaching in a Multicultural Society PHIL 254 Social Justice   

ENLT 203

Studies in Literature (approved topics) POSC 304

Latin American Politics

ENLT 293

Chicana Literature PSYC 381

Clinical Psychology

ENWR 323 Poetry Writing (approved topics) RLST 225 Reading the Hebrew Bible in Jewish and Christians Terms

HIST 324

History of Women in the United States RLST 380

World Religions & Christianity   

HIST 390

History of U.S. Views of Foreign Cultures SMC 207

Indian Society

HUST 203

Asian Influence on Western Literature SMC 209

Christianity in Dialogue with Hinduism