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ERIC Number: ED359571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Pages: 35
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Cultural Diversity: Preparing Communication Majors for the Real World.
Novak, Donald E.
The Department of Communication at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks restructured its major requirements to prepare majors for a multicultural world. After constructing a new mission statement, the faculty reviewed the requirements for its majors to see how much the current major requirements supported the mission. Four conclusions were reached. The faculty: (1) agreed that all majors should have exposure to issues related to cultural diversity; (2) concluded that a single exposure would not be enough for majors to be able to understand how cultural diversity affects the communication process across varying contexts; (3) broadened the concept of culture to include other diversity issues such as gender, ethnicity, age, ability, and sexual preference; and (4) set a goal to integrate all of this information surrounding diversity to the communication process itself, and therefore across the entire curriculum. Two new courses were established--a basic oral communication core course and a course called "Communication and Diversity." The dialog that emerged and is still continuing among the faculty regarding communication and diversity has clarified and identified issues that are central to the discipline. Restructuring was accomplished by integrating vertically and horizontally cultural diversity issues into every course in the curriculum. (The mission statement, new and old course requirements, and detailed syllabi for the two new courses are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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