UMAIE Course Number: T4214
SAU Course Equivalency: COMM 203, Interpersonal Communication (four credits)
Instructor: Debra Petersen and Tim Scully, Associate Professors in the Communication and Journalism department, University of St. Thomas
Dates: December 29, 2013- January 24, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Oahu, Kaua'i
Price: $5,745 (subject to change)
In this program, we examine the concepts, theories, and realities of the way individuals and groups work and communicate in organizations where culture and multiculturalism plays a primary or prominent role. We do so in Hawaii because our 50th state is a microcosm of multi-ethnic cultures and co-cultures, all interacting in a business, retail, nonprofit, and arts environment. Hawaii provides us with a living laboratory in which we can study and experience multicultural communication and organizations. As we examine multi-cultural and organizational communication, we will be challenged to examine our own cultural identities and assumptions, asking ourselves not only about the role that culture plays in the experiences and observations we will make as part of the class, but as they translate to our daily lives and experiences back on the mainland in our careers and personal life.
We will spend December 31- January 13 on Oahu and January 14- 23 on Kaua‘i, including three partial travel days. Course activities include: classroom sessions, guest presenters, guided tours, a panel discussion on multi-cultural communication led by UST alumni, and a service-learning project at a bilingual Hawaiian school.
Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Cosgrove Hall, lower level).
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.