Intercultural Studies (ICS)

ICS 201  Introduction to Intercultural Studies  (3)  

An introduction to Intercultural Studies through an examination of 1) the relationship between culture and identity, 2) patterns of behavior and attitudes engendered by intercultural contact, 3) systems of power and privilege, and 4) expressions of identity. The course emphasizes the necessity of intercultural skills in the pluralistic society of the United States in the 21st century. It also fosters an understanding of different perspectives through the study of texts which voice the viewpoints and histories of various identity groups within the United States.

ICS 250  Intercultural Engagement Through Study Abroad  (1)  

Intercultural Engagement is an on-line course offered to students enrolled in a study abroad program; it is designed to help develop intercultural competence by engaging students in critical reflection and analysis of their experience of living abroad. Graded H/S/U. Corequisite: enrollment in a study abroad program.

ICS 251  Intercultural Engagement Through Study Abroad  (1)  

Intercultural Engagement is an on-line course offered to students enrolled in a study abroad program; it is designed to help develop intercultural competence by engaging students in critical reflection and analysis of their experience of living abroad. Graded H/S/U. Corequisite: enrollment in a study abroad program.

ICS 270  Border Immersion: Building a Culture of Encounter Program  (1)  

This class will combine reflection and analysis of the experiences of immigration, deportation, and asylum-seeking refugees while traveling and doing service projects at Catholic Charities’ Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX.

ICS 290  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Topics of special interest in Intercultural Studies not covered in the regular offerings of the program. May be repeated with different topic.

ICS 310  Diversity Dialogues  (1)  

Diversity Dialogues uses the framework of a “study circle” to conduct a series of structured conversations that deal with questions of race and identity and ways that participants might bring change to their local setting. The study circles that form the basis of this course will include both students and members of the campus and local communities, insuring a wide range of experiences and insights on the subject of race. Respect for each other’s ideas and allowing everyone a fair hearing are hallmarks of the study circle approach; the process of building relationships between members of the group is as important as the issues discussed. The study circle is small-group democracy in action; all viewpoints are taken seriously, and each member has an equal opportunity to participate. Graded S/U. (Also listed as JUST 310).

ICS 330  The Catalyst Trip  (1)  

The Catalyst Trip is an immersive learning trip offered every other year during the fall break. It combines a series of experiences with critical reflection in an intense five-day trip, traditionally to southern Ohio and the city of Cincinnati. When possible, the Catalyst trip includes community women as participants in addition to Saint Mary’s students. The Catalyst Trip includes a pre-departure workshop plus 5 days during Fall Break (inclusive of two half-days of travel between South Bend and the immersion destination).

ICS 390  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Topics of special interest in Intercultural Studies not covered in the regular offerings of the program. May be repeated with different topic.

ICS 397  Independent Study  (1-3)  

This course is designed to provide upper-level students the opportunity to examine intercultural issues using a framework and content of their own design. Prerequisite: ICS 201 or permission of advisor. May be repeated.

ICS 399  Internship  (1-3)  

Community-based experience in an intercultural studies related field at an approved site. Jointly supervised by a faculty member and a representative from the sponsoring agency. Must be approved by the Director of the Intercultural Studies Program. Student will submit a reflection paper appropriate to the nature of the internship within two weeks of the end of the internship. Graded S/U. May be repeated.

ICS 490  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Topics of special interest in Intercultural Studies not covered in the regular offerings of the program. May be repeated with different topic.

ICS 497  Independent Study  (1-3)  

This course is designed to provide upper-level students the opportunity to examine intercultural issues using a framework and content of their own design. Prerequisite: ICS 201 or permission of advisor. May be repeated.

ICS 499  Internship  (1-3)  

Internship opportunity. May be repeated.