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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Intercultural Relations

First Advisor

Kent Warren

First Committee Member

Barbara Kappler

Second Committee Member

Ellen Summerfield


This thesis examines the development of an undergraduate course about intercultural transitions for students returning from study abroad and for international students at a U.S. liberal arts college. The curriculum design is informed by theories about intercultural communication, cultural identity, intercultural transitions, and intercultural competence. The instructional plan includes theory-into-practice pedagogy, and application of intercultural theories to students' personal experiences and to the literary narratives presented throughout the course. This thesis explains the choice of theories and literature in the context of developing a course syllabus. The methods used during the study include a review of the literature, a summary of the curriculum planning process, a faculty curriculum workshop, a pilot course, and an evaluation by students enrolled in the pilot course. A review of other reentry programs and an interview with another instructor provide additional perspectives on the course design.




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