The M.S.Ed. specialization in Intercultural Communication (ICC), housed within the Educational Linguistics Division, provides a solid foundation in linguistic and discursive approaches to the study of communication between members of different cultural groups (including linguistic, social, racial, ethnic, national, gender, and other groupings). The core courses examine linguistic and social practices that occur in face-to-face interaction, the cultural expectations and ideologies that inform communicative practices, the cultural dynamics of power and identity, and the practical application of these principles in a variety of work environments.
A degree in intercultural communication can help prepare students for a broad range of careers, such as international student advising, educational/cultural exchange, refugee/resettlement program development and administration, and other social service fields. The program encourages students to take advantage of the many opportunities that the University of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia offer as they work with their advisors to design a course of study that best meets their academic and professional needs. Within GSE, electives in higher education, anthropology and education, TESOL, educational policy and management, counseling, and international education are available. Other schools at Penn offer courses in Anthropology, Communication Studies, Social Work, Linguistics, Policy, and Law, among others.
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