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, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Yoruba and languages learned through independent study. Students may not pursue this certificate in the same language as their concentration.

Certificate Requirements 

Core Courses

  • LANG0800 Theory and Practice of Intercultural Competence (1 credit)
  • LANG1400 Practicum in Intercultural Competence (0 credit - prerequisite for LANG1800)
  • LANG1800 Capstone (.5 credit)

Language Study Electives 

Area Perspectives Elective 

  • 1 course from any 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

Experiential Learning Opportunity


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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

More Information

Please contact Jane Sokolosky, Director of the Center for Language Studies, to learn more about the Certificate in Intercultural Competence. 




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