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Interdisciplinary Studies, Intercultural Communications Concentration, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
The bachelor of liberal arts major with a Interdisciplinary Studies, Intercultural Communications Concentration program at Salem State University focused on understanding human communication across cultures.
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Students will develop critical thinking skills and learn to express themselves in a variety of contexts. The Interdisciplinary Studies, Intercultural Communications Concentration program includes courses from a wide range of academic departments, such as communications, sociology and interdisciplinary studies. All required courses in the concentration are available online. The intercultural communications concentration helps students become competent, reflective communicators in personal, public, and business settings while providing the flexibility of an online learning environment.

The goals of this degree program are to give graduates the tools to:

  • understand the dynamics of intercultural communication in inter-personal relationships, the workplace, within communities, and at the national and global levels 
  • gain the knowledge and skills needed to creatively solve problems, challenges and inequities which arise within intercultural relations 
  • present and advocate for arguments and ideas persuasively 
  • improve academic and professional writing skills 

In this age of globalization, integration and international mobility, intercultural competence in a key factor in many career paths. Many businesses as well as profit and non-profit organizations recognize the importance and complexities of communication across cultural and geographic borders.

This program is specifically designed to help transfer students with an associate's degree complete their bachelor's degree.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Communications
  • Mass Media and Society
  • Communications in the Global Village
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • General Psychology
  • Community Organizing I
  • Peace and Peace Building
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Research Methods in IDS
  • Senior Capstone in Interdisciplinary Studies

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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