Communicate Across Cultures

Students in this minor learn to communicate across countries and across cultures. The program is designed to improve cultural sensitivity and intercultural communication skills by:

  • Enhancing cultural competence.
  • Offering internationally and interculturally oriented courses on Temple University's domestic campuses.
  • Offering students the opportunity to experience living and studying abroad.

Career Options

There are a variety of careers that require the ability to communicate internationally and interculturally, including:

  • Journalist
  • Diplomat
  • Anthropologist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Historian
  • Filmmaker
  • Editor
  • Theologian

International Communication Courses

The following courses are required for the international communication minor. With the lessons they learn, students will be prepared for communication across countries and cultures.

Intercultural Communication

This course considers how culture influences communication processes by examining theories of intercultural communication and looking at many of the different processes that make up cultural differences.

Intercultural Communication in the Workplace

Students combine research and practice from three areas of study: intercultural communication, organizational communication and negotiation. They will examine research that centers on communication, management, political science and psychology. The course looks at how culture influences communication within organizations and in the contexts of negotiating and managing conflicts.

International Reporting

This course focuses on interpreting and reporting about governments, politics and cultures outside of the United States and ethnic groups within the United States.

Media and Cultural Differences

Students are introduced to the many ways forms of difference have been analyzed in media and cultural studies. The course addresses how diverse cultural groups incorporate media into their negotiation of everyday life and formation of identities. Particular attention is given to the social and political implications of mainstream media representations of nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, physical ability and class. This course also examines the ways different groups employ media technologies to construct alternative representations to those found in the mainstream commercial media.

Information Society

This course examines tensions, policies, issues and theories relating to the global information society, also referred to as the knowledge society, the post-industrial society or the post-modern society. The term "information society" points to the increasing influence of the role of information and communication technology in our society. Students will explore the historical development of the information society, and develop a critical understanding of contemporary debates surrounding the global information society tied to economics, ownership and regulation.

Global Communication and Leadership

Students learn about communication processes and issues that arise in multinational and global organizations. The course explores the relationship between culture, communication, technology and ways of organizing across national contexts and in different types of organizations (nonprofit, voluntary, civic, governmental, small business and corporate systems).