International Studies AA

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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Associate in Arts Degree
Program Information
The major consists of a core of 29.5-33 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, Lobbying, Law, Fiscal Analysis, Teaching, Non-Governmental Organizations, Language Specialization, 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.

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

  • evaluate, examine, and explain the role of the individual and society within the context of global interdependence.
  • formulate a critical understanding of social, political, and economic global issues and problems within a global context that is relevant to local experience.
  • evaluate, analyze, and critique various social science and humanities perspectives that explain human and environmental history in a global context.
  • investigate, analyze, and describe the causes and consequences of economic, political, and cultural globalization through a variety of social science perspectives.
  • detect, analyze, and discuss human difference, including difference based on socio-economic, political, cultural, and geographic status.
  • investigate, analyze, and discuss the effects of power imbalance in social and political contestation, historically and contemporaneously, with a focus on the experiences of actors who wield relatively less power in specific global contexts.
  • demonstrate basic oral and writing skills in a second language.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree
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.