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 world 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 world language proficiency at least through the intermediate level. It is recommended that students complete, if possible, a world language through the intermediate level. Students should consult with the Career and Transfer Center about world language requirements at transfer institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  •  Analyze, explain, and evaluate a wide range of topics, such as conflict, pandemics, scientific advances, banking, and political systems, from a variety of global perspectives.
  • Communicate effectively in another language in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, to develop intercultural competence and distinction in the labor market.
  • Write in the standard academic English used in the field of international studies.
  • Use scientific and quantitative research methods to investigate and solve problems from a global perspective.

Program Entry Requirements:

The program is open to all interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. 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 world language courses
  3. A) Students must successfully complete a CCP study abroad program or B) complete a third semester for world 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 NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
 3 creditsWriting/Research/
Info Lit 1
FNMT 101 - Quantitative Reasoning or
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher*
FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FMNT 118 (or higher) placement3 creditsQuantitative Reasoning
World Language ** 3 credits 
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology 3 creditsTechnological Competency
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation or
EASC 111H - Environmental Conservation (Honors)
  3 creditsScientific Reasoning (Non-Lab Science)

Semester 2

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 2
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions: Ancient to the 13th Century or
HUM 101H - Cultural Traditions: Ancient to the 13th Century (Honors) or
HUM 102 - Cultural Traditions: 14th Century to the Present or
HUM 102H - Cultural Traditions: 14th Century to the Present (Honors)
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently3 creditsCultural Analysis and Interpretation
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication or
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently3 creditsOral Communication/
Creative Expression
World Language ** 3 credits 
GLS 101 - Introduction to Global Studies  3 credits 

Semester 3

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology or
PSYC 101H - 101H Introduction to Psychology (Honors) or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors) 
 3 credits 
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemistry
 4 creditsLab Science
World Language** or
ART 103 - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance or
ART 103H - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance (Honors) or
ART 104 - History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern or
ART 104H - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern (Honors)
MUS 105 - Music of the Baroque and Classical Eras or 
MUS 106 - Great Romantic Music or
MUS 120 - Music of African-Americans or
MUS 121 - Modern American Music
 3 credits 
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology 3 credits 
HIST 121 - World History: The Distant Past or
HIST 122 - World History: The Recent Past
 3 credits 

Semester 4

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
World Language** or
RS 151 - World Religions 
 3 credits 
GLS 102 - Political and Economic Foundations in Global StudiesGLS 1013 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

ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently
3 credits 
POLS 112 - Introduction to International Relations 3 credits 
ECON 181 - Principles of Economics- MacroeconomicsFNMT 118 or higher3 credits 


* Some colleges and universities require a mathematics course above FNMT 118. Here are the options:

  • Students who are FNMT 118 ready may take MATH 137 or MATH 150 instead of FNMT 101.
  • Students who are FNMT 118 ready who intend to transfer to Temple University should take FNMT 118, which is the prerequisite for MATH 161.
  • Please visit the transfer agreements web page for more information and consult with an advisor when selecting a quantitative reasoning course.

** Two semesters of world language study are required. Students may do so at the elementary or intermediate level. It is recommended that students study a world language through the intermediate level. Both courses should be in the same language.

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


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.