International Studies, Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


Want to study the delicate dance of diplomacy and look at the way nations interact on military, economic, and cultural levels? If you feel at home in a field with few black-and-white answers, international studies may be for you. International relations is filled with gray areas; you’ll learn to think critically with no fixed set of rules to follow. Students on a pathway in international studies are prepared to enter a four-year institution as a junior, earn their bachelor’s degree and become diplomats, global human rights workers, foreign politics experts, and many other careers that require an understanding of how nations interact with one another internationally.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing International Studies. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 125 Introductory Statistics 1 4
SOC SCI 102 General Course II Social Science 1 3
POL SCI 204 International Relations (HD) 1 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Humanities course 1 3
POL SCI 201 The National Government 1 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
Semester 3
Life Sciences course 1 4
Fine Arts 1 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
Semester 4
Pathway Elective 2 3
Physical Sciences course 1 4
Fine Arts & Humanities course 1 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
 Total Hours60

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

PATHWAY Electives

ANTHRO 202Cultural Anthropology (HD)3
ECON 201Principles Of Economics I3
ECON 202Principles Of Economics II3
GEOG 101World Geography (HD)3
HISTORY 141History of World Civilization to 1500 (HD)3
HISTORY 142Hist World Civiliz Frm 1500 (HD)3
HISTORY 215History of Latin America (HD)3
HISTORY 225Modern Middle East History (HD)3
HISTORY 243The Far East in the Modern World (HD)3
HISTORY 247African History to Colonial Period (HD)3
HISTORY 248African History - Modern Period (HD)3
POL SCI 200Principles of Political Science3
POL SCI 203Comparative Government (HD)3
POL SCI 206American Foreign Policy (HD)3
SOC SCI 101General Course I Social Science3
SOC 211Race & Ethnic Relations (HD)3
World Languages courses

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.