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International Studies

Description:

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).

Graduation with Distinction

Graduating with “Distinction” sets students apart from their peers and may give them the edge they need for successful transfer to a four-year college or employment in a desired field. Motivated students may graduate with “Distinction” either in International Studies in general, or with a concentration in Latin America, Africa/Middle East, or Asia Studies. “Distinction” plans can include a study abroad experience and intensive language study. They provide flexible, individualized coursework to meet students’ particular needs and goals. 

Requirements to receive “Distinction” on transcripts and diploma: 

  1. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.2 after completion of 35 credits in major
  2. Students must complete at least three Humanities or Social Sciences courses with Global Diversity with a GPA of at least 3.2, excluding foreign language courses
  3. A) Students must successfully complete a CCP study abroad program or B) complete a third semester for foreign language study.
  4. A summative impact paper of at least two typed pages summarizing how 3A or B broadened their perspectives will be submitted during the semester preceding graduation. This paper should describe examples of personal growth and should connect language study and/or study abroad experiences to global diversity courses, readings, and/or future plans.
  5. Students may not use time amnesty or academic amnesty to meet minimum GPA requirements.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits ENGL 101
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or 
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design or
MATH 150 - Introductory Data
Analysis or
MATH 161 - Precalculus I*
For MATH 137: FNMT 017 or placement in FNMT 118 or higher 
For MATH 150: FNMT 118 ready
For MATH 161: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better
3 credits Mathematics
Foreign Language 1   3 credits Humanities
Am/Global Diversity
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 credits Tech Comp
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation    3 credits Natural Sciences

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits ENGL 102, Info Lit
HUM 101- Cultural Traditions I
or HUM 102 - Cultural Traditions II
 ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits Interpretive Studies
ART 101 - Visual Communication or
ART 103 - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance or
ART 120 - Art in Africa or
MUS 103 - Introduction to Music
  3 credits  
Foreign Language 1   3 credits  
PSYC 101- Introduction to Psychology   3 credits Social Sciences

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
SOC 101- Introduction to Sociology   3 credits Writing Intensive
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemistry
  4 credits Lab Science
Foreign Language or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
HUM 120 - Introduction to Chinese Culture and Civilization or
HUM 130 - Introduction to Japanese Culture and Civilization or
HUM 150 - Introduction to Latin American Cultures and Civilizations or
HUM 170 - Middle East Cultures and Civilizations or
HUM 180 - Introduction to African Cultures and Civilizations or
HUM 190 - Modern Africa and Asia
  3 credits Am/Global
Diversity
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology   3 credits  
HIST 121- Global History I or
HIST 122 Global History II
  3 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
Foreign Language or
RS 151 - World Religions or
RS 175 - Religions of the Middle East or
RS 180 - Asian Religions
  3 credits  
Any 200-level Anthropology, Geography, Psychology or Sociology  See Course Description for prerequisite course(s) 3 credits  
HUM 120 - Introduction to Chinese Culture and Civilization or
HUM 130 - Introduction to Japanese Culture and Civilization or
HUM 150 - Introduction to Latin American Cultures and Civilizations or
HUM 170 - Middle East Cultures and Civilizations or
HUM 180 - Introduction to African Cultures and Civilizations or
HUM 190 - Modern Africa and Asia
  3 credits Humanities
POLS 112 - Introduction to International Relations   3 credits  
ECON 181 - Principles of Economics- Macroeconomics   3 credits  

Notes

* 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. 

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

61

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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.