Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

COM 412: Intercultural Communication

General Information

  • Name: Intercultural Communication
  • Discipline: Communication (COM)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 300 to 499: This is an upper division course that is designed to apply toward a WNC bachelor's degree, depending on the degree chosen. It may also transfer to other colleges and universities. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

  • Prerequisites: admission to the BTech program or consent of advisor

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Factors important to meaningful communication across cultures with emphasis on intercultural differences in North America.

II: Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will have an improved ability to:

  • Gain a greater appreciation of cross-cultural emphases and communications throughout various traditions in today's North society.
  • Study and develop an understanding of the dynamics of intercultural communication.
  • Evaluate the impact of the complexity of culture and personal perception on communication.
  • Identify and improve intercultural communication competence - generally and within construction management.
  • Practice the skills of careful observation, scholarly research, and cultural analysis as they apply to intercultural.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

Intercultural Communication is a General Capstone and Diversity course required for the baccalaureate degree in Construction Management. It can also be used for al degrees and certificates at WNC, including the AA and AS degrees. It is strongly linked to the missions for general education.

This course fulfills Western Nevada College's Student Learning Objectives of ensuring that successful students:

  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Are able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Understand the theoretical principles behind creating and maintaining a professional level Web site.
  • Use current software to create, publish, and maintain a professional level Web site.
  • Apply techniques appropriate to their specialty in the operation of a Web site.


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