Center for Language Studies

Certificate in Intercultural Competence

Intercultural Competence defines the ability to apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through the study of languages and cultures in order to challenge prejudices, build alliances and create a just and peaceful world.

The Certificate in Intercultural Competence acknowledges that in an ever more interconnected world and society, with more opportunities for collaboration as well as situations of conflict, students need to understand and respect other cultures.  By approaching language study, area studies courses and experiential learning through a critical lens focused on developing intercultural competence, students prepare themselves for a future after Brown working with people from all over the world, be it in industry, business, the university or in social justice work, anywhere where multicultural and multilingual groups work together.

Although students often learn more than one language, students must choose one language of focus for the certificate. Currently the certificate is available for these languages: Arabic, American Sign Language, German, Hindi, Nahuatl, Persian, Polish, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Yoruba and languages learned through independent study. Students may not pursue this certificate in the same language as their concentration.

Don’t see your language on this list? Please contact that language department and ask permission to have two courses in that language count towards the language study electives.

Certificate Requirements 

Core Courses

  • LANG 0800 Theory and Practice of Intercultural Competence (1 credit) - offered every semester
  • LANG 1800 Prerequisite (online assignments completed during internship or study abroad)
  • LANG 1800 Capstone Seminar in Intercultural Competence (0.5 credit)

Language Study Electives 

  • 2 courses taught in the same language and in the language needed for the experiential learning component. Please consult Brown's Course Bulletin for the full list of languages offered and the specifics of each language course.

Area Perspectives Elective 

  • 1 course from a variety of disciplines (history, linguistics, anthropology, IAPA, etc) that relates to the language chosen for the certificate, may be in English or the target language. Please consult Brown's Course Bulletin for the full list of available courses. Additional courses may count towards the area perspectives requirement, please see CIC Faculty Advisor for approval.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Procedure

Read about your eligibility for the CIC here.

You can find a visual of the pathway through the certificate here.

This document can help you keep track of your requirements for the certificate. You will be prompted to make a copy for yourself.

Application

You can find additional details on applying or apply in ask.brown.edu

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

More Information

Please contact the Director of the Center for Language Studies @ Jane_Sokolosky@Brown.edu with any questions about the Certificate in Intercultural Competence.