Action Research Center

Intercultural Competence: Coursework & Immersion Experience


Engaging thoughtfully and fluidly across cultures begins with one's own self-awareness.  With this learning objective, you will deepen your cultural agility through a mix of three introspective courses and an intercultural immersion learning experience in which you learn about others while reflecting upon your own self in relation to others. The goal is for you to build your capacity to shift perspective and behavior around relative cultural differences.  



You will take one of the core courses described below as well as two of the elective courses. Many of the IWU courses that meet the general education requirement for Encountering Global Diversity meet this learning objective. Courses given this designation introduce students to the ways in which diversity has shaped and continues to shape identity and experience in the world. 

Choose 1 of these core courses:

Choose 2 electives from the list of core courses (above) or these additional elective (below):

Is there another course in the catalog that you feel meets this requirement?  Please discuss it with your Peace Corps Prep Coordinator.


Intercultural Immersion Experience 

There are many opportunities at IWU that can offer an intercultural immersion experience including study abroad, alternative breaks, internships, independent study, or honors research. Prolonged intercultural experiences - such as studying abroad, supporting new immigrants or refugees acculturate to the United States, teaching English as a second/foreign language, or volunteering in diverse schools - would also strengthen your Peace Corps candidacy significantly.  This part of the learning objective aims to prepare students for the on-the-ground, human-to-human, intercultural realities inherent to Peace Corps service.  While this experience is not required to be in the Peace Corps Prep program, it is highly encouraged.