The International Studies curriculum provides a strong foundation in global and international studies. The curriculum is designed for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs with an international or global focus in such subjects as world language or literature, area studies, international relations and international studies. The courses required in the International Studies curriculum are designed to be transferable to other colleges and universities.
Students are expected to consult with a counselor or an academic advisor upon entry into the program and in subsequent semesters. Transfer planning should begin early so that the student can gain the most benefit from the program. Students who follow the International Studies curriculum and plan to attend a specific four-year college after graduation should choose elective courses that duplicate as closely as possible those in the first two years of the program at that college.
Note: Some international programs at transfer institutions require world language proficiency at least through the intermediate level. It is recommended that students complete, if possible, a world language through the intermediate level. Students should consult with the Career and Transfer Center about world language requirements at transfer institutions.
The program is open to all interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.
To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in International Studies, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).
Graduating with “Distinction” sets students apart from their peers and may give them the edge they need for successful transfer to a four-year college or employment in a desired field. Motivated students may graduate with “Distinction” either in International Studies in general, or with a concentration in Latin America, Africa/Middle East, or Asia Studies. “Distinction” plans can include a study abroad experience and intensive language study. They provide flexible, individualized coursework to meet students’ particular needs and goals.
* Some colleges and universities require a mathematics course above FNMT 118. Here are the options:
- Students who are FNMT 118 ready may take MATH 137 or MATH 150 instead of FNMT 101.
- Students who are FNMT 118 ready who intend to transfer to Temple University should take FNMT 118, which is the prerequisite for MATH 161.
- Please visit the transfer agreements web page for more information and consult with an advisor when selecting a quantitative reasoning course.
** Two semesters of world language study are required. Students may do so at the elementary or intermediate level. It is recommended that students study a world language through the intermediate level. Both courses should be in the same language.
All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.