International Studies

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

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, Lobbying, Law, Fiscal Analysis, Teaching, Non-Governmental Organizations, Language Specialization, International Advocacy, International Consultancy.

Recommended High School Preparation

Standard college preparatory program.


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.

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

  • valuate 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 International Studies Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.