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International Studies


The International Studies curriculum provides a strong foundation in global and international studies. The curriculum is designed for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs with an international or global focus in such subjects as foreign language or literature, area studies, international relations and international studies. The courses required in the International Studies curriculum are designed to be transferable to other colleges and universities.

Students are expected to consult with a counselor or an academic advisor upon entry into the program and in subsequent semesters. Transfer planning should begin early so that the student can gain the most benefit from the program. Students who follow the International Studies curriculum and plan to attend a specific four-year college after graduation should choose elective courses that duplicate as closely as possible those in the first two years of the program at that college.

Note: Some international programs at transfer institutions require foreign language proficiency at least through the intermediate level. It is recommended that students complete, if possible, a foreign language through the intermediate level. Students should consult with the Career and Transfer Center about foreign language requirements at transfer institutions.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze, explain, and evaluate a wide range of global and international topics and demonstrate cultural and global awareness.
  • Communicate effectively in another language-at least at the elementary level in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
  • Write effectively in English.
  • Access, organize, document and present data in written form using technological means.
  • Examine and describe the natural world by using scientific/research methods and problem-solving strategies.

Program Entry Requirements:

The program is open to all interested students. New students are required to take the College's placement test at the time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in International Studies, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

International Studies Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher)   3 Mathematics
Foreign Language1   3 Am/Global Diversity
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
Science Elective2   3/4 Natural Science

Second Semester

ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
Humanities Elective3   3 Humanities
The Arts   3  
Foreign Language1   3  
Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences

Third Semester

American Diversity3   3  
Science Elective2   3/4  
Foreign Language or Social Science (Global Diversity) or Humanities Elective (Global Diversity)1,3   3  
Social Science Elective (Global Diversity)3   3  
Humanities Elective (Global Diversity)3   3  

Fourth Semester

Foreign Language or Social Science (Global Diversity) or Humanities Elective (Global Diversity)1,3   3  
Any 200-level Anthropology, Geography, Psychology or Sociology   3  
Humanities Elective (Global Diversity)3   3  
General Elective   3  
General Elective   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 61

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement and the Interpretive Studies requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, and one course that is designated Interpretive Studies. The same course may be used to fulfill both requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

1 One year of foreign language study is required. Students may do so at the elementary or intermediate level. It is recommended that students study a foreign language through the intermediate level.
2 One course must be a laboratory science.
3 See Liberal Arts Course Selection Guide

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.