¿Qué es un minor?
Un minor es un énfasis para tu carrera en el cual aprendes contenido a través del inglés. El estudio de un minor te ayudará a llevar tu inglés a un nivel superior ya que no sólo podrás desarrollar tus habilidades comunicativas sino descubrir temas culturales e interdisciplinares claves para tu formación como un ciudadano global.
¿Qué cursos componen el MINOR in Intercultural Studies?
1 Strengthening Conversational skills (3 credits)
Strengthening Conversational Skills is a course for students who want to improve their speaking and listening skills. Classes are based on discussions and presentations where topics of general academic interest are discussed. Students are exposed to real communicative situations where they experience the need of communicating by using English as target language. The focus of this course is to develop students´ communicative skills in English; nevertheless, students will learn communicative strategies that can be transferred to any communicative situation where other languages are spoken.Course ID SIGA: 2856 SCS
2 Intercultural Studies and Local Identities (3 credits)
This course will prepare students for international travel, work, or study abroad and when working with non-Colombians in Colombia. Students will analyze ethnicity, education, politics, race and current events through movies, magazines, music, art, and television from around the world to create universal strategies on how to interact with any culture at ease. Students will develop an understanding of the varied similarities and differences individuals share around the world and which should be celebrated as part of the human condition. This course emphasizes on exploring the richness of the local (Colombian) identity compared to other countries.Course ID SIGA: 2223 ILI
3 Exploring Customs and Traditions around the world (3 credits)
This course will give you a chance to explore and discover some traditions and customs of the five continents. You will travel around the world through movies, magazines, articles, images and the variety of resources offered by National Geographic since its origins. You will contribute to the exploration of religion, culture, traditions, rituals and beliefs around the world from their own perspectives and perceptions. This course aims at providing you with the chance of taking a trip in each class and getting to know wonderful places and their history, myths and legends. The course will be divided into two terms; the firs term will be devoted to exploring customs and traditions in America and Europe. The second term will be devoted to exploring customs and traditions in Asia and Africa.Course ID SIGA: 3525ECT
4 Exploring the world and its mysterious wonders (3 credits)
This course will give students a chance to explore and discover the five continents and its natural wonders and mysteries. Students will travel around the world through movies, magazines, articles, images and the variety of resources offered by National Geographic since its origins. Students will contribute to the exploration of natural wonders around the world from their own perspectives and perceptions. This course aims at providing students with the chance of taking a trip in each class and getting to know wonderful places and their history, mysteries, myths and legends. The course will be divided into two terms; the first term will be devoted to exploring natural wonders in America and Europe. The second term will be devoted to exploring natural wonders in Asia and Africa.Course ID SIGA: 3598EMW
¿Cuáles son los requisitos?
Si están interesados en el minor del departamento de lenguas y culturas extranjeras como una opción adicional o complementaria a su formación lingüística. Debes cumplir al menos uno de los siguientes requisitos:
Para homologar nivel 6 o 7, debes tener una nota final de mínimo 3.8 en el nivel anterior.
Haber aprobado nivel 7 de Inglés o estar exento.
Si tu clasificación de inglés al ingreso a la universidad estuvo en nivel 6 o 7.
¿Cuáles son los beneficios?
Tienes la oportunidad de aprender contenido por medio del idioma Inglés.
Tienes la oportunidad de mejorar tus habilidades orales y auditivas por medio de discusiones de cultura, globalización, historia, etc.
Tienes la oportunidad de recibir un diploma de Minor cuando te gradúes si cursas los 4 cursos.
Recuerda que en el programa de inglés, si el promedio de todos los niveles cursados es mínimo de 4.0, quedas exento del examen internacional. Si tomas las asignaturas de minor para homologar los niveles seis y/o siete, sigues gozando de este beneficio. No olvides que para aplicar a este beneficio, debes haber tomado al menos 2 niveles de inglés o su equivalente homologado en el Minor. Los Minor tomados como electiva no se calculan en el promedio para aplicar a la exención del examen, solo los homologados.
¿Qué opinan los estudiantes que cursaron el MINOR?
In my opinion, the minor course Intercultural Studies and Local Identities it's beneficial for every student that doesn't want to learn English in a traditional way. Here, I learned from what's culture and how you can define your own identity, to how can you become a global citizen. Taking the course, I also gain different types of perspectives from people all over the world, making me aware of the issues that are happening right now, and how, we as students of the University of La Sabana can help. Most of the content presented in the course is aimed to make you conscious of things like immigration, gender inequality, among others. All of that, through breaking stereotypes about controversial topics as the ones I mentioned before.
- Santiago Tejada, Ingeniería -
In this class, I learned many important topics about different countries of the world, which in part served to open my mind more to the traditions and different cultures that can be found in some countries like, México, Japan, Egipt, Rome, Australia, and so on. I found it interesting that also within the class, we did not only focus on other countries, but we also learned about Colombia and the great diversity we have and should take care of. Finally, I would recommend this class to other students, because I think you can learn a lot of interesting things about the world, and at the same time you could strengthen your English skills with fun activities and constant interaction with your classmates.
- Laura Mora, Educación -
Now talking about the content and the topics I have learned, I would definitely recommend this course to everybody, even if it is as an elective or to replace English levels, because this course is really interesting since it covers such a diversity of topics that, if you, for some reason, get “bored” after two classes of the same thing, then the other class is a completely different thing, or a similar thing seen from another perspective, which, in my opinion, keep us, as students, invested in the class, always wanting to know what is the next topic and what are we going to learn from it.
The course has taught me to be more tolerable with other cultures and religions, and has risen my awareness in different things and facts that I had no idea before I took it, so I feel very satisfied of what I have learned, and I hope more people keep taking this course, so hopefully it can be pretty useful for them too.
- Jhoan Molano, Ingeniería -
Intercultural studies and local identities, is an excellent class! I learned a lot about general topics that involve the world, but they also involved my community, so these issues are about me and about how I act in the world and with others. What I enjoy is all the activities that we did, because they help us to improve my English. All my life I study in a bilingual school but when I started university I started forgetting English because I stopped practicing, so that why I decided to take minors. This is the perfect way to practice the whole package; grammar, listen, oral skills and vocabulary. Classes are based on discussions, debates, interviews, monologues and presentations where topics of general academic interest are addressed.
For all the reasons mention above, of course, I will recommend this class and all the minors, they're an excellent way of practice English and learning different things that I am sure they are going to be really useful in the future.
- Isabella barrera , Comunicación -
There are just not enough words to express my self about this course, it was a great class with a totally different focus. There are tons of advantages about this course, I got to think about different things regarding human issues, regional point of view, customs, traditions, global problems and a ton of more things that helped me to create a mental image of how to act "correctly"; also, it helped me improve my speaking skills and increase my vocabulary; lastly, it gave me a new perspective of what is to actually be a citizen and what repercussions have many of my acts in a global scale.
I will totally recommend this minor, especially if it is with you, to my close friends since it is a completely different way to work on English while learning and doing different activities to understand our world and what it is happening with it.
- Jose Lacouture, Ingeniería -
Diana Carolina Durán Bautista
Profesora y Coordinadora Académica
Programas de Proficiencia en Inglés e Interculturalidad