Intercultural Requirements


One of the five core values at the foundation of Goshen College is global citizenship, so intercultural study is an important component of the Goshen Core. There are three ways to meet the intercultural study requirement, listed below.

1. International Study-Service Term: 14 credits

Immerses groups of students in a significantly different culture for a semester, with a faculty leader. Includes study of language and culture, a service learning placement, and home stays with host families. Prerequisite is language competence equivalent to two semesters of college-level study.

Credit hours and evaluation for international SST

  • Foreign language: 4 credits
  • Intercultural communication: 3 credits
  • History and Culture of [country]: 3 credits
  • Arts and Literature of [country]: 2 credits
  • The Natural World of [country]: 1 credit
  • SST Integration Capstone: 1 credit

Prerequisites for SST

Students are responsible for completing these essential prerequisites prior to SST. The director of international education must approve any exceptions.

  1. Students participating in French, American Sign Language or Spanish units need to establish 102-level competency (by course or on-campus test) in the language of the country.
  2. Students participating in any other foreign language unit will complete one elementary course in that language, offered on campus especially for that SST group prior to departure, and either 101-level competency in a third language, a course selected from a third language, or one course from the following list. Whenever possible, students should elect a course from the specific region of their SST unit.
  • BUS 350: International Business
  • COMM 206: Communication Across Cultures
  • ECON 306: International Economic
  • ECON 308: Introduction to Economic Development
  • ENG 201: World Literature
  • ENG 310: Introduction to Linguistics
  • HIST 330: Gender in World History
  • HIST 335: Religious History in Africa
  • HIST 350: African History
  • PHIL 307: Asian Thought
  • REL 220: World Religions
  • REL 317: Islam
  • SOC 230: Ethnography and Culture
  • SOC 340: African Societies and Cultures

2. On-Campus Alternative Courses: 12 credits

May be spread over one, two, three or four semesters.

Language Requirement: 102 level proficiency in any language

Select three of the following courses:

  • BUS 375: Business in China
  • COMM 206: Communicating Across Cultures
  • ECON 308: Intro to Economic Development
  • ENG 201: World Literature
  • HIST 327: Immigration and American Identity
  • HIST 350: African History
  • INTL 253: Latino History and Culture
  • INTL 257: Latino Arts and Literature
  • PHIL 307: Asian Thought
  • REL 315: Religion in Culture and Society
  • REL 316: Liberation Theology
  • REL 317: Islam
  • SOC 230: Ethnography and Culture
  • SOC 334: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 340: African Societies and Cultures

CORE 300:  Global Issues Seminar:  3 credits

Modified requirement for nursing and education students who elect the alternative program: 12 credits

  • Two courses from the list above and
    Education majors incorporate  (1 diverse field experience course counts as 1 of the 3 courses)
    Nursing majors incorporate (1 Community health clinical course counts as 1 of the 3 courses)

3. Study abroad with other international programs

Study abroad is available at colleges or universities in many different countries. Special application must be made on forms available from the international education office. Goshen College students have access to approved study-abroad programs through affiliation with the following organizations:

Goshen College students in these affiliated programs will be registered as students at Goshen College in absentia. Credit may count for international education requirements only with the approval of the director of international education. Approval for credit equivalency does not mean that Goshen College financial aid will apply, but sources of financial aid outside of Goshen College are available.

Financial aid policies

For the list of affiliated international study programs in the previous paragraph, sources of student financial aid and scholarships are limited to funding outside of Goshen College such as Pell Grants, state grants, outside scholarships, church aid and Guaranteed Student Loans.

Only when the international program is required by the student’s major and there is no alternative available on campus may Goshen College scholarships and financial aid be used. An application must be submitted and the major must be declared by spring advising days prior to the year of off-campus study. Contact the financial aid office for more information.

Programs which are not on the approved list above may be eligible for credit transfer, but students who choose to enroll in programs that have no affiliation with Goshen College cannot apply for any sort of financial aid through Goshen College.

Other study abroad options with Goshen College

During the May term or summer, Goshen College offers special courses abroad. Locations vary, but recent courses have operated in England, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Italy, and Mexico. Credits may be earned in several areas, among them art, business, history, language, literature, music, theater, religion and peace studies. Some credits may apply toward the international studies minor.