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Liberal Arts/International Studies Concentration/A.A. Degree

Program Advisor: Lois Cooper, 413-236-4615

The International Studies concentration is designed for students wishing to have increased global awareness, including those intending to transfer to a baccalaureate institution to pursue a major in a field with an international component. Related majors at the baccalaureate level: anthropology, area studies, business, communications, economics, fine arts, history, journalism, law, politics. This is a MassTransfer eligible program.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • understand the cultures, histories and/or politics of the countries they have studied;
  • make connections in the study of international affairs in a multi­disciplinary fashion;
  • make informed comparisons between their own country and countries of the international community;
  • continue their studies in upper division courses in a bachelor's degree program;
  • use a foreign language with a proficiency equivalent to at least the first year of college language study.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 62 program and general education credits, plus the additional require­ments, shown in next column.

Program                                                             27 Credits

ECO 150    World Economy OR

ECO 212    Principles of Macroeconomics........................3

ENG           Literature (see footnote 5)..........................3

       Foreign Language (see footnote 2) ..............8

       Free Electives.............................................7

       International Electives*...............................6

 

General Education                                              35 Credits

ANT 101     Cultural Anthropology................................3

COM           Communication (see footnote 1) ................3

ENG            English Composition/Writing......................6

ENG            Literature (see footnote 5) ........................3

GEO 125     World Geography .....................................3

HIS 113      Western Civilization to 1500 ......................3

HIS 114      Western Civilization Since 1500 ..................3

MAT            Mathematics (see footnote 3) ....................3

        Environmental Studies (see footnote 4).......1

        Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 4)..7

Additional As Shown___________________________

Core Competencies Portfolio.................................6 items 

Forum...............................................................12 units

Health/Fitness...................................................30 hours

Minimum Cumulative Average..................................2.000

*Options for International Electives_______________

ANT 197 Special Topics with an International Focus

BUS 233 International Business

ECO 150   World Economy

ECO 212   Principles of Macroeconomics

ENG 204   Literature of Peace and War

ENG 221   Literature of Western Civilization I

ENG 222   Literature of Western Civilization Since 1500

ENG 297   Special Topics with an International Focus

FAS 156   Art and Culture of Asia

FAS 171   Pre-Renaissance Art History

FAS 172   Renaissance to Modern Art History

FAS 173 Twentieth Century Art History

HIS 225    Comparative Religions

HIS 232    International Relations Since 1945

HIS 238    History of the Holocaust

HON 298C 17th Century: Emergence of Modern World

MUS 225   Music History I

MUS 226   Music History II

PHL 105    World Security and Sustainability

SPA          Spanish

THR 111   History of Theatre I

THR 112   History of Theatre II

Suggested block for program completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester                                                        16 Credits

                Foreign Language (see footnote 2) ................... 4

ANT 101   Cultural Anthropology....................................... 3

COM         Communication (see footnote 1) ....................... 3

ENG          English Composition/Writing ............................ 3

HIS 113     Western Civilization to 1500 ............................ 3

Second Semester        _                                          16 Credits

             Foreign Language (see footnote 2) ...................... 4

ENG       English Composition/Writing ............................... 3

GEO       Geography ....................................................... 3

HIS 114  Western Civilization Since 1500........................... 3

MAT       Mathematics (see footnote 3) ............................. 3

Third Semester ___________________________ 16 Credits

ECO 150 World Economy OR

ECO 212 Principles of Macroeconomics .............................. 3

ENG        Literature (see footnote 5) ................................ 3

              Free Elective .....................................................3

              International Elective* ...................................... 3

              Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 4)......... 4

Fourth Semester                                                      14 Credits

               Free Electives ................................................. 4

               International Elective* ..................................... 3

ENG         Literature (see footnote 5) .............................. 3

               Environmental Studies (see footnote 4) .............1

               Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 4)........ 3

Footnotes:

1.  COM 104, Intro to Interpersonal Communication, recommended.

2.  Candidates for the International Studies Concentration must attain first-year college proficiency in a foreign language. Most students achieve this with one year of study at BCC earning eight credits. However, students with sufficient background may meet all or part of the requirement through the CLEP examination and then complete more elective credits to meet the required 62-credit total for this degree.

3.  MAT 123, Elementary Statistics, recommended.

4.  The Natural or Physical Science requirement must be fulfilled by one four-credit laboratory science and one-three credit non-laboratory science or by two four-credit laboratory sciences. Completion of an environmentally focused labora­tory science, such as BIO 109, BIO 110, ENV 101, ENV 102, fulfills both the Natural or Physical Science and the Environmental Studies requirements. BIO 109, BIO 110, ENV 101, ENV 102, and GEY 101 are recommended.

5.  One ENG literature course must be chosen from ENG 204, ENG 221, ENG 222, or ENG 297 with an international focus.