Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

Communication

Additional Departmental Affiliation

Sociology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The study investigates the student levels of satisfaction and engagement with internationalization at Western Kentucky University (WKU). This study surveyed 418 undergraduate students (84.50% domestic and 15.50% international students) on WKU’s main campus to examine how students perceive and interact with various components of the institution-wide internationalization efforts: international-related curriculum and extra-curricular activities, presence of international students and faculty, study abroad opportunities and cross-cultural friendships. Statistical methods were used to analyze student responses. Research findings show that students are more satisfied with international efforts at home when faculty actively engages in promoting international learning in the classroom. Furthermore, students who have study abroad experience are more likely to have cross-cultural friendships.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Jieyoung Kong

Disciplines

Communication | Critical and Cultural Studies | International and Intercultural Communication

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