Requirements and Guidelines for Intercultural
Awareness (IA) Courses
Adopted by University of Sioux Falls Faculty: 16
Goals and Outcomes
IA courses are
grounded on the over-arching goal of IA—which is informed by the university’s mission, faculty-staff handbook,
and the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan—and at least one of the measurable
(assessable) outcomes below. Faculty who teach IA courses should include this
goal and the outcome(s) in the syllabus.
Consistent with the
university's mission to develop mature Christian persons for service to God and
humankind and the university's commitment to emphasize diversity in all of its
forms, students will demonstrate a persistent curiosity about other cultures.
Six Measurable Outcomes
a. Students will
identify how what a culture produces-including but not limited to music,
literature, the visual and performing arts, goods and services-reflect its
values and beliefs.
b. Students will
identify how cultural practices reflect a particular culture's
c. Students will
identify how cultural products, practices, values, and beliefs are influenced
by geography and history.
will compare and contrast the products, practices, and perspectives of
other cultures with those of the culture that they identify as their own.
e. Students will be able to
articulate orally and in writing the significance of the concept of culture
f. Students will be able to
articulate orally and in writing an understanding of the significance of
identity within a particular society or societies; within a particular
geographical area; or within a group united by a language.
Couse proposals that seek
approval for IA designation should clearly and concisely explain how the course
aligns with the IA goal and how the instructor will integrate at least one of
the outcomes. In addition, the proposal should explain what project students
will complete and how that project will be assessed with respect to IA.
A course designated as IA will be
at least a 2 s.h. course and show evidence of instruction and student progress
toward the goal of IA and at least one of its outcomes. In addition, it should
show evidence of the following:
1. An academic encounter with another culture,
cultures, or ethnic, racial, or religious identity other than their own and
include at least three of the following curricular components:
a. historical background
b. literature and/or the visual and
c. social customs
d. religious customs
e. contact with people from the culture being
f. economic systems, business practices, and/or
the production of goods and services
2. A forum-classroom learning,
experiential learning, travel, or other proposed forums-to meet the goal and
outcomes of IA.
3. A means for students to
demonstrate familiarity with the culture(s) studied, including but not limited
d. electronic and/or interactive
e. artistic/creative endeavors
f. other means proposed by
students and advisors
Alternative Means of Fulfilling the IA Component
A student may fulfill the IA component through an
independent or directed study. Such proposals must meet the following criteria:
1) The course must be at least a 2 s.h. course; 2) The proposal should clearly
indicate how the course-i.e., content, work, experiences-correspond to the goal
and at least one of the outcomes of IA; 3) The proposal should clearly indicate
by what means the student will demonstrate having met the goal and
outcome(s)-i.e., exams, essays, a portfolio, memoir, or other form of substantive
documentation; 4) The proposal should clearly demonstrate how the IA component
will be assessed by the instructor; 5) After the student, advisor, and area
chair have signed the proposal, it will be sent to CLAE for consideration and
approval. Upon approval, CLAE will submit the proposal to the Registrar.
Beginning in June of 2014,
faculty who teach IA courses will be responsible for assessing the IA component
of the course and reporting the assessment to TracDat.
who teach IA courses will work in collaboration with CLAE to devise assessment measurements
for their courses. CLAE will ensure that assessment data is reported in