International Studies

  • Overview
Provides an introduction to the broad area of international studies, examining culture, history, literature, and society from a global perspective. Helps prepare students for careers in international fields.

An international perspective is cultivated through an interdisciplinary approach in this option. You’ll complete at least one year of a World Language, which, along with a course in Comparative or International Politics, will ground you in a new global perspective. You’ll be able to select International Studies electives to create a focus within your program in areas as diverse as Dance, Music, Political Science, and History. No matter the discipline you choose to specialize in, this option will teach you how our complex global civilization is a place of great challenge as well as opportunity.

Curriculum documents

This is just one way you might complete the International Studies program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the International Studies program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
HIS 129
PCS 101
PSJ 101
ANT 104
ENG Comp. II
PSY 101
SPA 101
MAT 107
DAN 116
ENG 200 level course
PSJ 120
BIO 120
SPA 102
POL 105
PSY 214
SCI 120
GGY 101
PHY 108
ECO 101
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
HIS 129
PSJ 101
ENG Comp. II
PCS 101
SPA 101
ENG 200 level course
PSY 101
SPA 102
PSY 214
ANT 104
Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
PSJ 120
BIO 120
POL 105
DAN 116
SCI 120
MAT 107
GGY 101
PHI 110
ECO 101
ENG 200 level course

What’s next

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program.

Consider this program if

  • You want a broad as well as deep understanding of the world from an international perspective.
  • You want to work in international business, government, languages, or other fields related to international relations.
  • You want to pursue higher academic study in fields including foreign languages, international relations, policy, and business.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.