Goals of Intercultural Study

Goals of Intercultural Engagement

Earning the Certificate in Intercultural Engagement will help you attain the following goals:

  • Have empathy for the values and perspectives of other cultures
  • Experience or have a desire to experience another culture
  • Be able to analyze the accuracy and relevancy of your own world view and anticipate how people from other nations view Americans and America’s impact on the world
  • Be able to function effectively and ethically in other societies
  • Seek out and interact with the richness of diversity within all of humanity—learning and applying strategies used in other cultures to improve your own life and community
  • Be able to identify with a variety of individuals and situations despite superficial differences of culture and conventions. *

How Intercultural Engagement Supports Duquesne University’s Mission

Cross-cultural and intercultural concerns lie at the heart of Duquesne’s educational mission.

The founders of Duquesne University, a Catholic university in the Spiritan tradition, came to serve the immigrants of Pittsburgh, the people on the margins of the dominant culture of the time. A spirit of hospitality to the Other and to others, an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity, and dedication to service, especially to the poor and marginalized, are hallmarks of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit and imbue the University’s mission.

Concern for understanding world cultures is articulated explicitly as part of Duquesne’s mission under the section “World Concerns:” “Duquesne strives to cultivate in its students the understanding that their destiny is related to that of their community, their nation, and their world.. . . . Duquesne supports academic programs concerned both with the preservation of cultural traditions and with the contemporary realities of global needs and international responsibilities for peace, justice, and freedom.”

The Duquesne University Undergraduate Catalog states explicitly our commitment to “an educational environment which recognizes cultural and national pluralism. . . . Duquesne University asserts its commitment to develop and to maintain programs . . . which promote and respect diverse cultures and backgrounds. . . .” (2002-03, pp. 1-2)

Within this educational and religious context, the proposed Certificate in Intercultural Engagement reflects faithfully the mission of Duquesne University.

*(Adapted from Gray, Kimberly S., Gwendlyn K. Murdock and Chad D. Stebbins, “Assessing Study Abroad’s Effect on an International Mission,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 34, Number 3 (May/June 2002), 45-51)