ICOM 1000: Intercultural Communication

ICOM 1000: Intercultural Communication
Course in Cross-Cultural Communication
Course Description:

Language is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon, simultaneously communicative, creative, and cultural. An intercultural perspective is vital to learning a new language and engaging meaningfully with speakers of other languages and cultures. Focusing on the key ideas of intercultural practices, reflections, and strategies, this online intercultural communication course offers students a foundation for understanding language, culture, and communication as well as the intricate relationship between them.

Intercultural Communication is a foundational requirement of the BAAS degree.

Course Credits:
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Term Format:
Accelerated 8-Week Term
2024 Term Offered:
Fall 1 (accelerated): Aug 27 - Oct 21, 2024
Spring 1 (accelerated): Jan 18 – Mar 14, 2024
BAAS Foundational Requirement:
Cross-Cultural Interactions & Diversity

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.


  • Executive Director, Language Instruction, Penn Arts & Sciences

Christina Frei specializes in constructivist curriculum design, intercultural communication, and diverse applications of technology for teaching and learning world languages and cultures. As Executive Director of Language Instruction for the School of Arts & Sciences, she oversees language instruction and the… Read more


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