International Studies

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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The major consists of a core of 30-33 units, which satisfy university transfer requirements. Elective courses allow students to pursue interests in languages, culture, business, philosophy, history, fine arts, literature, and other studies. Students who undertake the ISP major will prepare for transfer to universities that offer International Studies Majors or related fields; engage in course work that will broaden their perspective and skills in the field of international relations; have access to individual counseling for program planning and career development through a mentoring program with the Program Director; and be afforded the opportunity to develop foreign language proficiency.

Career Opportunities

The International Studies degree is designed to facilitate students’ successful transfer to B.A. programs and, in so doing, prepare them for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs. Careers can be found in Foreign Service, Governmental Relations, Public Affairs, International Trade, Civil Service, Lobbyist, Law, Fiscal Analysis, Teaching, Non-Governmental Organizations, Language Specialist, International Advocacy, International Consultancy.

Recommended High School Preparation

Standard college preparatory program.

Four Year Transfer Information

UC/CSU systems require standard/basic preparatory course work prior to transfer. The ISP core courses (30 units) are designed to meet articulation and transferability to International Studies, International Relations, and International Business major requirements.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate and examine his/her role, and the role of his/her society, as members of a global network of interdependent societies.
  • formulate a cohesive and critical understanding of world issues and events and incorporate that knowledge into his/her daily life and career.
  • become familiar with, evaluate, analyze, and critique various social science and humanities perspectives that explain human and environmental history, development, and behavior in a global context.
  • investigate and analyze the causes and consequences of economic, political, and cultural globalization through a variety of social science perspectives.
  • detect and analyze human difference based on socio-economic, political, cultural, and geographic status, among other categories of difference.
  • investigate and analyze the role of power imbalance and social and political contestation historically and contemporaneously, and especially examine and assess the experiences of human and environmental actors who wield relatively less power on the world regional and global stages.
  • understand, compare, and analyze local social, political, and economic issues and problems within a global context.
  • compose orally and in writing basic levels of communication in a second language.

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Associate in Arts Degree may be obtained by completing the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.