Our students develop and integrate foreign language and intercultural communication skills for professional purposes.

Catherine Carlton (MA IEP '12) gives a presentation to her Spanish class.

We Value Language and Intercultural Communication

Language and Intercultural studies are an essential component of our degree programs, demonstrating our commitment to facilitating cross-cultural dialogue and bridging linguistic barriers. With over 50 countries represented by our student body and nearly all of our students and faculty proficient in a second language, our campus is the quintessential environment for strengthening and expanding upon language and communication skills.

Unique Course Opportunities

Through our content-based language courses, students develop language skills while acquiring specific terminology and content knowledge of their professional fields and career interests.  All course materials, lectures, discussions and assignments are authentic and given in the student's target language, providing immersive language opportunities for building proficiency.

Our Intercultural Competency courses focus on exploring the complexities of international communication.  Students explore their own beliefs and practices while learning how to effectively communicate in the multicultural situations in which they work -- and learn!

The Monterey Model

We are renowned for our signature Monterey Model courses, which are interdisciplinary courses taught simultaneously in multiple language sections. These sections explore topics such as Challenges of Globalization, Human Security, or Green Business (to name just a few), each in their assigned language and cultural perspective.  A few times per semester, all participating students meet in plenary sessions to share their research findings in their target language. Conference Interpretation students also attend and interpret these sessions.

Course Samples

Human Security
This course introduces the concept of human security, its development and real-world applications, and implications for international policy through illustrative case examples. 

Taught in English, French, Japanese, and Spanish
Green Business & Sustainability
This course trains students to communicate effectively within the context of globalization, sustainability and their impact on cross-cultural business relations.  Students learn fundamental green business concepts and terminology as used in various contexts in the target language World.
Taught in Chinese, French, Spanish