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Language and Intercultural Relations

I know there is strength in the differences between us.
I know there is comfort, where we overlap.
- Ani DiFranco

Earth boy

Globalization and increased migration have brought people from a variety of backgrounds closer together and in more frequent contact. Even though this increase in international contacts has seen a heightened use of English as a lingua franca, intercultural communication problems remain and sometimes give rise to significant misunderstandings, even conflicts. The BA in Language and Intercultural Relations (LIR) enables students to focus on one of two streams (French or Spanish), while acquiring skills necessary to navigate culturally diverse working and social environments. While developing the ability to adapt to, understand and appreciate cultural and linguistic diversity, students gain practical skills that open up employment opportunities through one of three concentrations:

  1. Language and Cognition, with courses in linguistics, psychology and early childhood education, which opens up opportunities in post-graduate studies (teachers’ college, Speech and Language Therapy, linguistics, etc.)
  2. Translation Studies, with courses in linguistics and translation from and into English, and
  3. Organizational Behaviour, with courses in group dynamics that prepare students to work as intercultural communication professionals between governments, NGOs, multinationals and those with which they want to communication while being separated by a language and cultural barrier.
  • You will focus on the ability to communicate in a linguistically and culturally sensitive manner with diverse groups, and to facilitate communication between groups with no shared language or cultural background, through the observing, analysing and understanding of cultural differences and similarities.
  • You will acquire skills taken from anthropological and ethnographic research, and apply them to intercultural negotiation and communication.
  • Ryerson offers a variety of Minors, such as in Psychology, Law, Politics, History, and Business Essentials, that will complement your studies in LIR and enhance your career preparation.
  • After graduation, pursue career opportunities in a wide array of areas requiring cross-cultural communication skills.

This program transfer option is only available for Fall 2016 admits