The purpose of this study was to first identify the most accurate definitions of intercultural competence by the examination of other representative works on the topic, then to elaborate on the different characteristics and articulate the theoretical underpinnings of the intercultural development inventory (IDI) used to assess intercultural competence. Strategies for implementation of information learned from the IDI instrument are presented along with results of the writers own assessment in order to create a more personalized, detailed study. This study was a first step in the process of understanding intercultural competence and the IDI was used as a starting point in researching its assessments. The goal in researching this topic was to guide the readers in developing an understanding of culture and diversity, and though information provided in this study, they will then acknowledge their own strengths and abilities and acquire motivation in pursuing their own path of development.


James Grabowska

First Committee Member

Kimberly Contag

Second Committee Member

Elizabeth Sandell

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


World Languages and Cultures


Arts and Humanities

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
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