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Modern Languages and Intercultural Communication Minor (Madrid)

Saint Louis University’s modern languages and intercultural communication minor focuses on foreign languages in the context of communication among people from distinct cultures. SLU-Madrid’s location, combined with its international student body, makes intercultural communication an everyday reality.

Modern Languages at SLU-Madrid

Minor in Modern Languages and Intercultural Communication

This minor certifies that you are able to communicate at an advanced or upper-intermediate level in at least one second language and at an elementary level in a third. You’ll gain knowledge of the different aspects of human communication, including the relationship between language, behavior, culture and the mind.

Curriculum Overview

The minor requires students to complete:

  • 18 credit hours of coursework
  • A final requirement
  • An informal 10-minute oral presentation

All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

 The required coursework includes:

  • CMM 3300 Intercultural Communication
  • Six foreign language credits at a 2000-level (B1) or above
  • Six foreign language credits at a 1000-level (A2) or above
  • One of the following courses:
    • PSY 4270 Cross-Cultural Psychology
    • ENGL 4110 Introduction to Linguistics
    • SPAN 4110 Language and Linguistics
    • ANTH 3390 Studies in Culture: Spain

The final requirement, which students have a maximum of two semesters to complete, consists of:

A. Obtaining two language certificates, one of an A2 level, and the other of a B1 level. These certificates are useful when applying for jobs because they are internationally recognized. The most common official language exam certificates are:

  • Arabic: ALPT (Arabic Language Proficiency Test)
  • Chinese: HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi)
  • French: DELF (Diplôme d'études en Langue Française)
  • German: Goethe-Zertifikat
  • Portuguese: CELPE-BRAS (Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros
  • Spanish: DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera)

B. Six Theoretically-based Reflection Journals. The CMM 3300 class requires students to write 4 theoretically-based reflection journals applying theory to students’ everyday encounters in Madrid or other cultures. Each journal should be three pages long. To complete the final requirement for the MLIC, students need to write two extra reflections, and thus write a total of 18 written pages.

C. Two Theoretically-based Reflection Journals and a Capstone Project. Instead of doing the four required reflections for the CMM 3300 course, MLIC students may choose to only do two (a total of six written pages) and a capstone research project of 12 written pages.

The capstone may take the form of: a literature review and application to an intercultural
communication phenomenon (film, literary work, personal experience, service learning experience, etc.); a literature review and research project based on data collection (interview participants, field observation, survey, etc.); or a literature review and the creation of a training program for study abroad students.

The informal 10-minute presentation consists of:

A brief, multilingual reflection on intercultural communication, and the complications that you have faced while completing the minor. If necessary, professors competent in the languages of your minor will be present. This is an informal presentation: anecdotes and digital images are welcome.

Internships and Careers

The modern languages and intercultural communications minor is an attractive option for students who plan to study abroad or work in the international market after graduation.


SLU-Madrid faculty who teach courses that apply to the modern languages and intercultural communications minor cross disciplines, including anthropology, Arabic, communication, English, French, German, Portuguese, psychology and Spanish. For more information about the program, contact:

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

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To be admitted to the major, you must have at least a 2.00 cumulative average and complete a declaration of major form, available in the Office of the Registrar. Upon acceptance to the program, you will be assigned a departmental advisor.