Intercultural Communication, MSEd

The M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication, housed within the Educational Linguistics Division, provides the skills and knowledge necessary to understand linguistic and social practices in a variety of environments. The M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication (ICC), provides a solid foundation in ethnographic and discourse analytic research methods. The core courses examine linguistic and social practices that occur in face-to-face interaction, the cultural expectations and ideologies that inform communicative practices, and the cultural dynamics of power and identity. A degree in ICC prepares students for careers such as cultural exchange advising and administration, study-abroad programming, refugee and immigrant support, and curriculum development, training, and facilitation. The program also provides a solid theoretical foundation for those students considering a career in intercultural research and/or doctoral study.


A total of 12 course units are required for the ICC MSEd1,2,3 All courses must be at the 500 level or above.

Core Courses 4
EDUC 537Educational Linguistics1
EDUC 546Sociolinguistics in Education1
EDUC 593Experiential Learning Design for Intercultural Communication1
EDUC 655Ethnography for Intercultural Communication1
EDUC 676Discursive Approaches in Intercultural Communication1
EDUC 679Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking for Applied Linguistics1
EDUC 845Seminar in Microethnography1
Elective Courses
Select 1 ELX elective course1
Select 2 electives2
Distribution Requirement
Select 1 Distribution Requirement course 51
Capstone Course 4
EDUC 567Internship: ICC1
Total Course Units12

Required Milestone:

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by passing a comprehensive examination in their area of study. The examination/portfolio/thesis serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their coursework and fieldwork. Comprehensive formats vary. 


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.