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International & Intercultural Communication program

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International & Intercultural Communication

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Strategic Communication & NonProfit Track

As technology makes it easier and faster to connect with others around the world, so too comes the need for professionals who are well versed in the growing field of international and intercultural public relations and strategic communication. Successful communicators must leverage a thorough understanding of communication theory and skills within the context of cultural norms and boundaries in ways that produce effective results.

The International & Intercultural Communication Program's Strategic Communication & Nonprofit track gives you the skills, background and tools needed to apply international and intercultural communication concepts to growing careers in public relations, strategic communications and nonprofit administration.

The program places the foundations of strategic communications and nonprofit public relations in the context of international and intercultural studies. You'll gain a deep understanding of the unique approaches needed to reach distinct audiences and formulate communication plans that are effective and sensitive to the needs of different audiences.

Graduates apply these skills in a variety of careers, including:

  • Agencies
  • Government
  • NGOs
  • Nonprofits
  • Education
  • Media
  • Politics

Program Track 

Below is our recommended course sequence for students interested in strategic communication and nonprofit management. Please note that a variety of classes are offered bi-annually that may count toward the degree, so some course substitutions may be allowed. Please check with an IIC advisor for more information.

Media, Film & Journalism Studies Courses

Choose 7 courses from the following list for a total of 28 credits.

  • MFJS 4650: International Communication
  • MFJS 4912: Foundations in International and Intercultural Communication
  • MFJS 4050: Strategic Management of Communication Campaigns
  • MFJS 4060: Strategic Messaging
  • MFJS 4070: Public Relations Seminar
  • MFJS 4080: International and Intercultural Public Relations
  • Choice of either MFJS 4320: Brands and Identities OR MFJS 4912: Seminar in International Health and Development Communication  
Methods Course

Choose one course from the following list for a total of 4-5 credits.

  • MFJS 4560: Quantitative Research Methods
  • MFJS 4260: Qualitative Research Methods
  • INTS 4318: Applied Research in International Economics
  • INTS 4333: International Project Analysis
  • INTS 4615: Development Project Evaluation
  • INTS 4633: International Project Evaluation 
Josef Korbel School of International Studies Courses

Choose 4 courses from the following list for a total of of 20 credits. Please note: Other Korbel courses (INTS) may be considered for inclusion.

  •  INTS 4210: Multinational Corporations
  • INTS 4326: Gender and Health
  • INTS 4333: International Project Analysis
  • INTS 4363: Discrimination, Minorities and Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • INTS 4342: Project Management
  • INTS 4367: Global Health Affairs (Theory & Practice)
  • INTS 4379: Gender, Environment and Development
  • INTS 4391: Financial Management and Fundraising in Non profits
  • INTS 4394: Nonprofit management
  • INTS 4435: Health and Development
  • INTS 4497: International Campaign & Human Rights Management
  • INTS 4591: Advanced Fundraising Workshop
  • INTS 4615: Development Project Evaluation
  • INTS 4633: International Project Evaluation

Students are required to register for this zero credit hour course, designed to enable graduate students enrolled in the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies' M.A. in Media and Public Communication and the M.A. in International and Intercultural Communication degrees to complete an assessment file prior to their graduation. The requirement does not take place in conjunction with a single quarter but is rather completed throughout the student's academic career according to the required coursework within both the M.A. in IIC and M.A. in MEPC (Media and Globalization or Strategic Communication concentration).

Electives & Language Requirement

Students should select 8 credits worth of electives. Language requirement: IIC students are expected to prove proficiency equivalent to approximately two years of college-level course work in a language other than English or their native language. This requirement can be met in several ways. See the IIC Student Handbook for information.

Degree total: 60 credits

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Want more information on the International & Intercultural Communication MA program? We'd love to answer any of your questions. And, if you'd like to visit DU for a tour and meeting with faculty and current students, we can arrange that, too. If you can't make it to campus, we can arrange for a phone consultation as well.


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