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International Studies Area of Concentration Degree

Associate of Arts


United Nations general assembly

The international studies degree concentration is designed for students who envision a career in the international arena and plan to transfer into the upper division of another college or university with the intention of continuing their studies in such areas as international relations or area studies, and subsequently working in this field, be it in government, international organizations, trade, finances, business, or related areas.

This program provides students with a well-rounded introduction to the international aspects of many different disciplines. The curriculum includes the general education foundation and distribution requirements, as well as concentration coursework in foreign language, international politics, the humanities, and social sciences.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Articulate the political, cultural, ideological, historical, religious, and/or philosophical contexts of current global actors, systems, and controversies.
  • Explain the historic and contemporary consequences of geographic and linguistic boundaries for cross-cultural dialog and diplomacy.
  • Compare the costs and benefits of varying social, economic, and political structures in the context of globalization.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Related careers include political analyst, researcher, foreign service officer, diplomat, consultant, curator, NGO director. Some require a Bachelor’s degree.

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Suggested Course Sequence: International Studies

A suggested course sequence for students follows.

  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
  • All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence

Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed, for ENGL 102/ENGL 103 or elective.

** Some world languages courses may carry 4 or 5 credits.

‡   ENGL 122ENGL 202, ENGL 205, ENGL 208, ENGL 213 , ENGL 214 , ENGL 248 , GHUM 101, HIST 255,PHIL 209, additional world language course.

‡ ‡  ANTH 256, ECON 201, GEOG 101, GEOG 105, GEOG 113, GEOG 124, GEOG 130, GEOG 211, PSYC 100, SOCY 105.

AA and AS programs require one global and cultural perspectives (GCP) General Education course.

This program can be completed either on campus or online.

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General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

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