Increasing cultural competence.

The Cross Cultural Experience

NNU's cross culture program is designed to increase the student's ability to interact in meaningful ways with people from diverse backgrounds and differing world views.

Each student must meet the University's requirement for cross-cultural experience, while attending NNU. This is achieved by completing labs associated with a variety of courses and/or experiences. Traditional students must earn 4 cross culture points by completing either a single level 4 experience or combination of level one, two and three experiences.*

*Transfer and non-traditional students may have a lesser requirement. These students should contact the registrar's office to determine their cross culture requirement.

What Makes for a Quality Experience?

  1. Recognition of cultural differences and similarities between home and target culture.
  2. The ability to compare and contrast values held by the home and target cultures.
  3. Personal recognition/experience of areas of tension between the values of home and target culture.
  4. Personal experience of resolution of tension or accommodation to the values of the target culture.

Types of Experiences Available

NNU offers a variety of University sponsored cross intercultural opportunities, including but not limited to mission trips, departmental international travel, conversation partners, volunteering for non-profit multi-cultural organizations, as well as a variety of courses approved as a cross culture experience.  A more complete description of qualifying experiences, including a complete list of qualifying courses, is available at the Intercultural Opportunities page on this site.

Student planned experiences include a variety of options from a full semester abroad to meeting with an international conversation partner for 10 hours during a semester. Student-planned experiences must be approved by Professor Blowers. For additional information on planning a cross cultural experience visit the Student Planned Experiences page.