The Intercultural Competence Program (ITC) is designed to help students build the experience-based skills needed to interact sensitively and effectively with the rich diversity of people in our increasingly global community. Experience-based learning builds skills that are in demand by today's employers and support students to become more culturally aware, engaged citizens. Those include:

  • Cultural Self-Awareness: Developing a demonstrated ability to articulate insights into one's own cultural rules and biases; and
  • Knowledge of Cultural and Worldview Frameworks Through Inquiry: Demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to that culture's history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.

Course options are designed to fit the busy schedules of students enrolled in degree programs like nursing, allied health, engineering, or business, student-athletes, and working professionals. 

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Offered as a Certificate or Badge

The 14-hour certificate is noted on the GVSU degree transcript. The 9-hour digital badge can be earned anytime and is available to both degree- and non-degree seeking students, online, hybrid, or through traditional seated classes.


Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today. - Hu Jintao (former president of China)

Our histories never unfold in isolation. We cannot truly tell what we consider to be our own histories without knowing others' stories. And often we discover that those other stories are actually our own stories. - Angela Y. Davis (philosopher and activist).

A society that ignores great stores of human knowledge and ability irresponsibly risks its future. - Joe R. Feagin (sociologist).



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