2013-2014 catalog 
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2013-2014 catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Sciences Program, International Studies Option, A.A.

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Students wishing to transfer to four-year colleges to prepare for careers in global history and area studies, international relations, intercultural counseling, international business, teaching, foreign service, journalism, and global mediation and conflict resolution, should choose this option. Emphasis is placed on courses that have a strong international focus. Study in another country through the International Center is highly recommended. See your counselor for advice.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate language proficiency at the upper elementary level including an appraisal of the relationship between the language and other elements of the culture investigated
  • Analyze specific discipline content from a global perspective, distinguishing and evaluating various perspectives within the discipline and the wider world
  • Express and demonstrate cultural competence in a diverse global environment preferably through a study abroad experience or an intercultural community service experience
  • Interpret, synthesize, and communicate diverse historical, economic, artistic, cultural and social perspectives in a global setting


General Education - 45-48 credits

As described in General Education . It is recommended that students choosing this program select general education courses that focus on global perspectives and international studies. However, students should check the transfer requirements of their transfer institution. It is highly recommended that students work with a Student Development Specialist to select their General Education courses.

Career Studies: 12-14 credits as follows:

Students may complete the required career studies by either of the following two options:

1) Complete a two-semester sequence of language* (6-8 credits) plus 6 credits from among the courses listed below:  At least one course must be a 200-level course.


2) Complete 12 credits from among the following for students who have already met the language* requirement.  At least one course must be a 200-level course.

Elective - 0-3 credits

Total credits required for degree: 60-62


* Students with no prior language study are required to take two consecutive semesters of a modern language (6-8 credits). Students who can demonstrate proficiency at the upper elementary level (Completion of Level 2) can satisfy this requirement by appropriate documentation and counselor evaluation in conjunction with the Language Department. Students electing to take language courses beyond the required credits may apply them to General Education and/or Elective Requirements. Students who wish to pursue a major in international studies at a four-year school are advised that intermediate proficiency in a language is often required.

** These General Education courses may be used to satisfy General Education requirements or career, but not both.

*** Recommended for students pursuing an international major in business. See your Student Development Specialist (counselor) to verify transferability. BUSI 251 is offered only in the Fall Term.

Program Code for registration: SSINT

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Suggested Sequence - Social Sciences Program A.A. Degree International Studies Option

The following sequence is an example of how this degree can be completed in two years. This sequence is based on satisfaction of all Basic Skills requirements and prerequisites and presumes a Fall Term start date. An individual’s program may vary depending on transfer institution, career objectives, or individual needs. See your counselor for other options and to monitor your progress.

Total credits: 15-17

Semester 2 - Spring Term

Total credits: 15-17

Semester 3 - Fall Term

Total credits 15-16

Semester 4 - Spring Term

Total credits: 13-16

Sequence Notes:

(1) One course is required from the Cultural & Global Awareness  knowledge area. Students may meet the requirement while simultaneously fulfilling the General Education  requirement for another knowledge area.

(2) A minimum of 12 credits are required from the Mathematics , Sciences  or Technological Competency  knowledge areas.

Transfer Information

For-additional information on transfer visit the Transfer Resources website at http://transfer.brookdalecc.edu

Study Abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to study in another country while earning credits towards their degree. The Brookdale Community College International Center will assist in placing students in a study-abroad program. It is recommended that students investigate the study-abroad option early in their course selection.

Degree Audit Information

Access your Degree Audit Academic Evaluation through WebAdvisor.  Once you log into Webadvisor, click on the Students menu, then click Degree Audit - Progress Toward My Degree under Academic Profile. 

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