International Studies - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associate in Arts Degree

This degree program is designed to meet the basic requirements of the first two years of college programs for students who plan to graduate and transfer to a four-year college or university. The program offers a wide range of flexibility in terms of a student’s ultimate educational goals and provides adequate preparation for further study leading to professional competence in specialized fields, especially in the humanities or the social sciences.

These programs also accommodate individuals seeking two years of a liberal higher education.

The program offers options in Human Services, Humanities/International Studies, Humanities/Broadcasting Arts and Technology, Humanities/Media Studies - Journalism, Humanities/Music, Humanities/Musical Theatre and Humanities/Social Science.

For more information about the International Studies option, explore the tabs above or visit the Languages & ESL Department, where the program is housed.

AA International Studies

An Option within Liberal Arts and Sciences

(P1160)

The International Studies program provides students with the general education course work and global perspective needed to transfer to a similar program at a four-year institution. It is ideal for students whose career goals are in the fields of international affairs, diplomacy, foreign languages and cultures, teaching, research, or international business.

General Education Foundation
Communication9
English Composition I
English Composition II
Speech Fundamentals
Math-Science-Technology12
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Mathematics
Laboratory Science
Technology
Social Science6
General Psychology
Principles of Sociology
Humanities9
Literature Survey Electives
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History6
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Diversity3
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General Education Foundation Credits45
International Studies Core
ISA-110Intercultural Communication3
SOC-108Cultural Geography3
Modern Language12
International Studies Core Credits18
Total Credits63

James Hart
Chairperson, Languages and ESL
Assistant Professor, Spanish, Intercultural Communication, and ESL
M.A., Montclair State University
B.A., American University
EH 120A    973-328-2486     jhart@ccm.edu

Dr. Marcia Picallo
Assistant Chairperson, Languages and ESL
Associate Professor, Spanish
Ph.D., MPH, City University of New York Graduate School
M.A., B.A., Rutgers University
EH 116    973-328-5418     mpicallo@ccm.edu

Courses

Course usage information

ISA-110. Intercultural Communication. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course explores the theory and practice of communication between individuals or groups from different cultures. Topics include a basic theoretical foundation in culture and communication, cultural values, worldview, verbal/nonverbal communication, cultural identity and intercultural competence.
Prerequisites: Placement basis or ENG-025 or ENG-022 or ENG-007.

Course usage information

ISA-215. A Survey of Islam. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course covers the central beliefs and practices of Islam, one of the major world religions. It analyzes passages in the Qur'an and their often varied interpretations among the Muslim community. It studies the life of the Prophet Muhammad and highlights of Muslim history, examines the divisions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, explores diverse schools of Sharia (Islamic Law), and shows the large common ground Islam shares with Christianity and Judaism in its belief in one God, major prophets, stories and ethical beliefs. Finally, the course analyzes current events in Muslim countries, especially in the Middle East.

Course usage information

ISA-291. Special Topics - International Studies. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course is an examination of selected topics or issues in International Studies. Topics may differ each time the course is offered. Students should contact the department chair for further information.
Prerequisites: Permission of department chair.

Course usage information

ISA-292. Special Topics International Studies. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course is an examination of selected topics or issues in International Studies. Topics may differ each time the course is offered. Students should contact the department chair for further information.
Prerequisites: Permission of department chair.