Intercultural Studies

Description of the Program

Intercultural Studies focus on the study of cultures in contact, i.e. the dynamic processes generated by interactions between cultures at various levels, from individual interrelations to interactions between individuals within a group and group interrelations within and with the rest of society. More specifically, Intercultural Studies look at an array of psychological, cultural, institutional, and social processes, changes, and transformations resulting from interactions and interrelations between cultures.

Intrinsically interdisciplinary, the new Intercultural Studies degree program at Saint Mary’s University is, at its core, based on language study and acquisition as a means of immersing oneself in and understanding culture. From a practical perspective, Intercultural Studies provide the theoretical knowledge to develop efficient strategies for successful interactions with colleagues, customers, clients, students, and acquaintances from different sociocultural backgrounds – regionally, nationally, and globally.

The program is based on a balanced approach where students will develop language and cultural proficiency in two language areas other than their first language as well as theoretical knowledge related to culture and communication.

Regulations for Majors

To major in Intercultural Studies, students must complete forty-five (45) credit hours, including the following:
1.   ICST 1000, ICST, 2000, and ICST 4000
2.   Twenty-four (24) credit hours in Language and culture courses with advanced proficiency in one language and  intermediate proficiency in another language other than the first language.
3.   PSYC 3430: An examination of theory, methods, and research in cross-cultural psychology.
4.   Nine (9) credit hours from the list of the Recommended Course Requirements with three (3) credit hours in three of the four themes proposed at the 2000 level or above. The list of recommended courses is given below.

Regulations for a Minor

A minor consists of at least twenty-four (24) credit hours, including the following:
1.  ICST 1000, ICST 2000, ICST 4000 and PSYC 3430;
2.  Twelve (12) credit hours in language and culture courses with intermediate proficiency in a language other than the student’s mother tongue, at least one of which must be a culture course at 2000 level or above.


Language and culture courses

Chinese Language Courses:

CHNS 1101 Introductory Modern Chinese I

CHNS 1102 Introductory Modern Chinese II

CHNS 2200 Intermediate Modern Chinese

CHNS 3300 Advanced Oral and Written Chinese I

CHNS 3301 Advanced Oral and Written Chinese II 

Chinese and Asian Culture Courses:

ASNT 1105 Introduction to Chinese Culture

ASNT 1107 Introduction to Korean Culture

ASNT 3300 Multidisciplinary Study of Asia

ASNT 3826 Selected Topics in Asian Studies (depends on the class and can be taken for ICST credit with permission of Departmental Chairperson)

ASNT 4400 Seminar in Asian Studies 

French Language Courses:

FREN 1111 Beginners French Level I

FREN 1112 Beginners French Level II

FREN 2201 Basic University Level French I

FREN 2202 Basic University Level French II

FREN 2235 Intermediate French Level I

FREN 2236 Intermediate French Level II

FREN 3307 Advanced French Language Skills I

FREN 3308 Advanced French Language Skills II

FREN 3320 French Phonetics [LING 2321]

FREN 3335 French for Business

FREN 4400 French Speech Strategies:Perfecting Oral Skills

French Culture Courses:

FREN 2200 Oral Traditions in the Francophone World

FREN 2260 Francophone Cultures Through Film

FREN 2300 French Film Comedy

FREN 3310 Introduction to French Culture

FREN 3312 Introduction to Quebec Culture

FREN 3350 Introduction to Literature Written in French I

FREN 3351 Introduction to Literature Written in French II

FREN 4410 La France en chansons

FREN 4418 French 19th Century Literature

FREN 4433 Women’s Literature in France

FREN 4451 Québécois Literature I

FREN 4452 Québécois Literature II

FREN 4460 French 20th Century Literature

FREN 4463 French and Francophone Cinemas

German Language Courses:

GRMN1101 Introduction to the German Language I

GRMN1102 Introduction to the German Language II

GRMN2201 Intermediate German I

GRMN2202 Intermediate German II German Culture Courses:

GRMN 3306 German Culture and Civilization

GRMN 3307 Introduction to German Literature

GRMN 3308 Modern German Culture

GRMN 3309 Contemporary German Culture

Irish and Scottish Gaelic Language Courses:

IRST 1201 An Introduction to Modern Irish

IRST 1202 Modern Irish Language

IRST 1203 Scottish Gaelic – Introductory I

IRST 1204 Scottish Gaelic – Introductory II

IRST 2325 Intermediate Irish I

IRST 2326 Intermediate Irish II

IRST 2327 Scottish Gaelic – Intermediate I

IRST 2328 Scottish Gaelic – Intermediate II

Irish Culture Courses:

IRST 1215 Ireland: An Introduction

IRST 1216 Ireland: Culture and Society

IRST 2350 The Irish Musical Tradition

IRST 3325 The Irish and Atlantic Canada

IRST 3333 Ireland in Film

IRST 3460 Issues in Modern Irish History

IRST 3787 Ireland in an Age of Globalization

IRST 4451 Gender and Irish Drama

IRST 4566 Irish Migration

Japanese Language Courses:

JPNS1100 Introductory Japanese

JPNS2200 Intermediate Japanese

JPNS3300 Advanced Oral and Written Japanese I

JPNS3301 Advanced Oral and Written Japanese II

Japanese Culture Courses:

ASNT 1106 Introduction to Japanese Culture

ASNT 3849 Selected Topics: Japanese Aesthetics

Spanish Language Courses:

SPAN 1100 Introduction to the Spanish Language

SPAN 2204 Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 2205 Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 2206 Intermediate Spanish Communication Skills

SPAN 3303 Advanced Oral and Written Spanish I

SPAN 3306 Advanced Oral and Written Spanish II

SPAN 3307 Advanced Spanish Conversation through Film

SPAN 3309 Intro to Spanish Translation 

Spanish Culture Courses:

SPAN 3310 Latin America Culture

SPAN 3312 Introduction to Latin American Literature

SPAN 3313 20th Century Latin American Literature

SPAN 3314 Development and Dystopias in Latin America

SPAN 3320 Latin American Travel Literature

SPAN 3330 Diablos and Fiestas in Latin American Folklore

SPAN 4400 Posttraumatic Literature in Latin America

HIST 2250 Soccer a History of Brazil

HIST 2251 Pop culture in Latin America

HIST 4530 Forced and free migration in Latin America 

Classical Language Courses (Ancient Greek and Latin):

GREK 1100 Introduction to Ancient Greek

GREK 2200 Intermediate Ancient

Greek LATN 1100 Introduction to Latin

LATN 2202 Intermediate Latin I

LATN 2203 Intermediate Latin II

Classics Culture Courses:

CLAS 1001 Ancient Civilizations of the Near East and Egypt

CLAS 1002 Ancient Civilizations of Greece and Rome

CLAS 1003 Material Culture from Prehistory to the Middle Ages

CLAS 2451Greek History I: From Minos to the Medes [HIST 2451]

CLAS 2452Greek History II: The Golden Age of Greece [HIST 2452]

CLAS 2453 Republic and Revolution: Roman History I [HIST 2453]

CLAS 2454 Bloody Caesars: Roman History II [HIST 2454]

CLAS 2455 Ancient Empires

CLAS 2500 War and Society in the Ancient Mediterranean [HIST 2500]

CLAS 3310 Classical Literature [ENGL 3310]

CLAS 3352 Women and Family in Ancient Greece [WMST 3352]

CLAS 3409 On the Edge of Empire: Roman Britain and the Western Provinces [HIST 3409]

CLAS 3420 International Relations Eastern Mediterranean Style Intercultural Studies 

Intercultural Studies Required Core Courses

ICST 1000 Intercultural Communication
3 credit hours

Students are introduced to the study of intercultural communication in domestic and global contexts. Students learn about the various dimensions of culture and identity. They examine how differing cultures, languages, and social patterns influence the way individuals relate among themselves as members of groups and with members of other ethnic and cultural groups. The development of interpersonal skills for communicating effectively across cultures is emphasized.

2000 Identities and Subjectivities in the Colonial and Postcolonial Era
3 credit hours

Students revisit the colonial and postcolonial era doing archaeological work on cultural representations related to gender, ethnicity, and class through literary explorations of travel narratives, colonial and postcolonial literature, and migrant literature. Students critically analyze various intercultural and transcultural encounters, experiences, andor phenomena through engagement with literary texts, autobiographies and memoirs, documentary, and feature film.

4000 Applied Intercultural Studies
3 credit hours

Students are provided with a community-service learning component where they put in practice the knowledge and the know-how they have gained in the Intercultural Studies program. Students have different options to choose from: study-abroad programs, Community Service Learning (abroad or local), and specific projects (international volunteering, etc.) Students must submit a project proposal and a research topic. They must also demonstrate the relevance of their project to the broader context of intercultural studies and produce an academic plan highlighting the means to achieve their objectives.

Intercultural Studies Recommended Course Requirement

Students are required to take:

  • PSYC 3430, and
  • Nine (9) credit hours at the 2000 level or above in 3 of the 4 themes (three (3) credit hours in each of the three  themes) presented below.

Theme 1: Contemporary Issues in Intercultural Studies

2000-level courses

POLI 2384 International Relations I

PHIL 2312 Contemporary Political Philosophy

PHIL 2325 Philosophical Issues in International Development

IDST 2301 Introduction to Development Studies: Perspectives

IDST 2302 Introduction to Development Studies: Policies and Practice

3000-level courses

POLI 3321 International Organizations

SJCS 3408 Urban Social Justice

PSYC 3327 Industrial / Organizational Psychology

GEOG 3351 Demography and Migration

MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities in Organizations

MKTG 3375 International Marketing

ECON 3365 International Economic Issues

4000-level courses

RELS 4100 Religion and International Development

GEOG 4449 Tourist Geographies

PHIL 4525 International Justice

IDST 4470 Environment and Development

MGMT 4488 International Business Management

Theme 2: Communities and Identities: Privileges and Underprivileged Groups

2000-level courses

ANTH 2301 Anthropology of Childhood

GEOG 2349 Cultural Geography (Group A)

PHIL 2385 Philosophical Issues in Feminism

ASNT 2862 Special Topic: Indigenous Voices of Modern Asia

3000-level courses

ACST 3321 African Nova Scotian Culture

ACST 3830 Selected Topics: First Nations of Atlantic Canadian Region (Indigenous Peoples of the Atlantic)

ANTH 3301 Nature of Culture

ANTH 3303 Sex, Gender and Society

PSYC 3307 Biological Origins of Behaviour

PSYC 3317 Group Dynamics and Intergroup Relations

PSYC 3329 Child Development

PSYC 3332 Adolescent Development

PSYC 3348 Gender Roles [WMST 3348]

RELS 3345 Aboriginal Peoples, Religion, and the Justice System

GEOG 3311 Rural Geography

SOCI 3000 Social Inequality

SOCI 3387 Women and Development [WMST 3387]

SOCI 3431 Women, Migration and Identity

4000-level courses

POLI 4449 Current Public Policy Challenges: Gender, Race, and Class [WMST 4449]

POLI 4451 Gender and International Relations [WMST 4451]

SOCI 4382 Gender and International Migration [WMST4482/IDST 4452]

GEOG 4431 Community and Regional Development

GEOG 4432 Social Geography of the City

Theme 3: Historical Perspectives on Cultural Representations

2000-level courses

HIST 2403 History of Canadian Culture(s)

PHIL 2330 Philosophy of Religion

3000-level courses

HIST 3100 History of Gender, Feminism and Sexuality in Canada

HIST 3201, The Trouble with Normal

HIST 3833 History of the Body, Health and Sexuality [WMST3833]

HIST 3352 Race and Racism in the United States

SJCS 3220 Race, Racism and Colonialism

HIST 3475 Indigenous and Settler Histories

HIST 3480 Afro-Brazilian History

HIST 3830 Special Topic: History of Childhood

ANTH 3376 Archaeology of Death

ANTH 3572 Archaeology of Empire

4000-level courses

GEOG 4412 Urban Historical Geography and Preservation

Theme 4: Language and Power

2000-level courses

ANTH 2392 Linguistic Anthropology

ENGL 2326 Language and Gender [LING 2326]

3000-level courses

CRIM 3546 Crime and Media

ANTH 3396 Language Use and Issues in Canada

PHIL 3405 Ethics of Belief / Theory of Knowledge

4000-level courses

SJCS 4432 Gender & Law

ANTH 4365 Myth: Anthropological Approaches

ANTH 4491 Language and Culture [LING 4491]

ANTH 4492 Ethnography of Communication [LING 4492]

ENGL 4427 Language, Gender, and Power

ENGL 4494 Approaches to Discourse Analysis