International Studies Area of Concentration Degree

Associate of Arts
International Studies AA Degree

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.

Careers

Related careers include international relations or area studies, and subsequently working in this field, be it in government, international organizations, trade, finances, business, or related areas.

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Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence: International Studies

A suggested International Studies course sequence for full-time students follows.

A suggested International Studies course sequence for full-time students follows.

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. 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


All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


  • POLI 203 - International Relations  3 semester hours
  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Arts distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD)
  • World language 3 semester hours **

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

‡ ‡ ANTH 256, ECON 103 , ECON 201, GEOG 101 , GEOG 105, GEOG 113, GEOG 124, GEOG 130 , GEOG 211, PSYC 102, SOCY 105.


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