Liberal Arts: International Studies Specialization, A.A.

Associate of Arts
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, NOVA Online, Woodbridge

This program is designed to prepare students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree in international studies. This specialization will broaden the student's education to include more emphasis on other cultures and countries in recognition of the increasing interdependence of today's world.

Transfer Information

Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1 101 Foreign Language or ASL or General Education Elective 3 - 4
2MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
Total 14-15
2nd Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
1 102 World Language or ASL or General Education Elective 3 - 4
4HIS Elective 3
2MTH 245 Statistics I 3
5CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
Total 15-16
3rd Semester
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
1 201 World Language or ASL 3
6 Global Understanding 3
3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
PLS 241 International Relations I 3
Total 16
4th Semester
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
7ENG Literature Elective 3
1 202 Foreign Language or ASL 3
6 Global Understanding 3
8 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total 15
Total credits for the Associate of Arts = 60-62
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
Foreign Language or ASL or General Education Elective
1
101
3 - 4
2MTH
154
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
3
4
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 14-15
2nd Semester
ENG
112
3
World Language or ASL or General Education Elective
1
102
3 - 4
Elective
4HIS
3
2MTH
245
3
5CST
229
3
Total 15-16
3rd Semester
Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO
201
3
World Language or ASL
1
201
3
Global Understanding
6
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
3
4
PLS
241
3
Total 16
4th Semester
Principles of Microeconomics
ECO
202
3
Literature Elective
7ENG
3
Foreign Language or ASL
1
202
3
Global Understanding
6
3
8
3
Total 15
Total credits for the Associate of Arts = 60-62

1 Placement testing determines initial foreign language level. Students who place directly into intermediate level foreign language or ASL may take any General Education course to meet the required number of credits. Waivers or credit by exam for previous experience is available for some languages. See the 'World Language Credit and Waiver' section of the [Credit for Prior Learning Manual]. Students must take sufficient General Education Elective courses so that they can apply at least 60 credits toward the degree.

2 May substitute any higher-level mathematics course. See transfer requirements. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 262 and MTH 264.

3 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121-ENV 122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

See HIS courses listed under social/behavioral sciences under General Education Electives . HIS 101-HIS 102 or HIS 111-HIS 112 are recommended.

5 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 126, or CST 229.

6 Select from ART 103, HIS 203 , HIS 231, HIS 232, HIS 241, HIS 251, HIS 254, HIS 255, HIS 256, REL 231,REL 232, or Global Understanding courses approved by advisor.

7 Any 200-level literature course with an ENG prefix satisfies this requirement.

8 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

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