Intercultural Communication – COMS 624

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Analysis of theories and research of communication between people from various generational, racial, ethnic, regional, and international cultures.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course provides an overview of both cross-cultural communication (the study of how communication practices vary among cultures) and intercultural communication (the study of variables and barriers affecting communication between individuals from different cultures).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Exhibit familiarity with major theories, models, concepts, and principles of cross-cultural and intercultural communication.
  2. Identify and analyze specific aspects of culture and integrate the study of intercultural communication with a Christian worldview.
  3. Explain how cultural variables affect intercultural communication and articulate ways to overcome barriers to effective intercultural communication.
  4. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills on a graduate level.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums 1 and 2

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 3 citations in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Common Thread Essay

The student will write an essay of at least 1,000 words in current APA format that focuses on identifying the shared or common thread(s) between himself/herself and 1 of the authors of the assigned readings. The student will pay special attention to how the author has invited growth in his/her life. The paper must include at least 5 references from the course readings, the Bible, and pertinent outside sources.

Cultural Interaction Conversation

The student will spend 1–2 hours with an individual from a culture other than his/her own. The student must investigate the culture and formulate questions to pose to the individual as part of his/her preparation for the actual meeting. The student will then submit a 3–4 page reflection paper in current APA format.

Discussion Board Forum #3

Students will post a 400-word synopsis of their Intercultural Interaction Conversation papers (but without any identifying names or locations mentioned) in the DB Forum module so that other students can read and comment on those documents.

Discussion Board Forum #4

Students will reply to two other students’ Discussion Board Forum #3 postings. These replies must be at least 200 words in length and should compare and contrast the replying student’s cultural interaction conversation paper to the one being read.

Group Book Project

The student will self-enroll in a group to read and critique a book (from the recommended resources list) that depicts intercultural communication and/or cross-cultural variability in communication. The resulting group essay must be at least 1,500 words and must include at least 8 references comprised from the course readings, the Bible, and pertinent outside sources. The assignment must adhere to current APA format.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be comprised of multiple choice questions convering the textbook and the three assigned articles for this course. The exam will be open-book/open-notes and will contain 50 multiple-choice questions. There will be a time limit of one hour to complete the examination.