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International Studies Degree

Program Description

The Associate in Arts degree program in International Studies provides students with a range of studies that emphasize the interconnections among global political, economic, social, and cultural events and processes. As globalization literally makes the world a smaller place, International Studies helps prepare students to take advantage of those changes, both in terms of their personal growth and career opportunities. The degree is designed to prepare students for transfer and continued academic success within a liberal arts setting, especially one dedicated to the study of international and global events. This program also features a solid grounding in liberal arts education.

The curriculum is designed to include a broad range of courses with international themes in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to core courses in the liberal arts common to many programs, International Studies requires students to take classes in foreign languages, international relations, world history and international literature. Through these courses, students will develop critical learning skills, a foundation of knowledge about the international system and the ability to clearly write, analyze and communicate about concepts in the discipline.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GEDs). If students are not high school graduates, they may be eligible for admission to the College’s 24 Credit Hour Program. If students are home schooled, they may be eligible for admission.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • develop a foundation of essential knowledge about the cultural, social and natural worlds, and processes contributing to globalization and interdependence.
  • understand both the commonalities and diversity of human experiences, values and opinions among and between cultures.
  • understand the forms of international artistic expressions and their inherent creative processes.
  • think critically, applying systematic reasoning, information management and quantitative skills.
  • communicate effectively in English and develop a basis for continued progress in acquiring skills in a language other than English.
  • be prepared for transfer to, and success at, upper-level institutions offering programs of study in International Relations.

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ENG 101 Freshman English 1 3
COM 101 Foundations of Communication 3
MAT ___ SUNY Math (GE 1) 3 - 4
GEO 102 Human Geography or  
ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology 3
POL 220 Comparative Governments 3
PES 100 Concepts of Physical Wellness 1

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ENG 102 Freshman English 2 3
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
______ SUNY Natural Science (GE 2) 3 - 4
POL 221 International Relations 3
HIS 121 World History 1 3
PES ___ Physical Education 1

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ENG 203/4 World Literature 3
HIS 122 World History 2 3
______ SUNY Art (GE 8) 3
______ SUNY Foreign Language (GE 9)  
  (Elementary 2 or above) 3
ECO 201 Macro-Economics 3


Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ENG 225 International Literature 3
______ General Elective 3
______ Liberal Arts Science or  
  Math (MAT 113 or higher) 3 - 4
______ Restrictive Elective* 3
______ Restrictive Elective* 3


* Choose two of the following courses:
COM 211 Intercultural Communications
ECO 203 Economic Development
HIS 220 Modern China and Japan
HIS 222 The Middle East
HIS 223 Latin American History
HIS 224 Africa: Past and Present
HIS 233 Modern Europe
HIS 234 History of Russia and Eastern Europe
_______ Non-Western Art
_______ Foreign Language Intermediate 1 (or higher)
BUS 207 Intro to International Business