Certificate in Intercultural Foundations

18 credits (plus non-academic requirements) 


The Certificate in Intercultural Foundations is available to students in any major. This program fosters an understanding and appreciation of cultural difference in both domestic and international contexts. The Certificate in Intercultural Foundations responds to the growing need to prepare our students to live and work in an increasingly diverse and globally interconnected world. The program is designed to challenge students at Chestnut Hill College to engage in significant educational and service activities that invite students to immerse themselves in cultural realities that, and interact with people who, are significantly “other” in relation to them. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses required to successfully complete the requirements for the Certificate. Interested students should contact Tia Pratt, Adjunct Coordinator of the Certificate in Intercultural Foundations. Email: prattt@chc.edu.

Culture consists of sets of relationships that construct identity (who I/we are in the world), epistemological systems (how I/we know our various world(s) and peoples) and meaning (how I/we are to be in the world and what various world(s) mean to me/us). Students skilled at reading, understanding, responding to and reveling in the cultural flux and mix of our contemporary times will be sought out by institutions and enterprises striving to serve the peoples of the twenty-first century.

To earn the certificate a student must complete the six courses that form the program; attend two of three workshops; engage in five fieldwork experiences; and complete a self-assessment project charting one’s progress and growth in intercultural awareness through the program, while demonstrating the integration of fieldwork experiences into his/her development as a person able to deal creatively, compassionately and competently in our evermore multi-cultural world.

After completing the course work, workshops and fieldwork experiences, students will be required to submit a five to seven page reflection paper demonstrating their growth in intercultural awareness and appreciation. Special attention will be paid to cultural anthropology’s prime methodological procedure, i.e., participant observation, calling on the students to explicate the ways in which personal experience and interactions with persons considered culturally “other” in relation to themselves impacted their experience of the program. The Association of American Colleges and Universities Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE Rubric will guide the students in writing the reflection paper.

Academic Requirements:

RLST-101: The Religious Imagination

GLST-201: Global Studies/any topic

SOCI-255: Culture and Society


Three courses (9 credits) selected from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • COMM-210: Interpersonal Communication
  • MGMT-304: Culture in International Business
  • PSCI-130: The Rule of Law
  • PSCI -230: Introduction to Comparative Politics/Governmental Systems
  • PSCI -232: Comparative Democracy
  • PSCI -330: Government and Politics of the Middle East
  • SOCI-127: Ethnicity
  • SOCI-201: Social Inequality
  • A course chosen in consultation with the Director of the Certificate in Intercultural Foundations.

Non-academic requirements:

  • ICFC-101: Intercultural Foundations Workshop I (.5 credit)
  • ICFC-102: Intercultural Foundations Workshop II (.5 credit)
  • ICFC-201: Intercultural Foundations Fieldwork I (.5 credit) 
  • ICFC-202: Intercultural Foundations Fieldwork II (.5 credit)
  • ICFC-203: Intercultural Foundations Fieldwork III (.5 credit)
  • ICFC-204: Intercultural Foundations Fieldwork IV (.5 credit)
  • ICFC-205: Intercultural Foundations Fieldwork V (.5 credit)
  • ICFC-301: Reflection and Self-Assessment (.5 credit)