Academics

International Studies

The International Studies area of study at Illinois Central College is for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university for completion of a baccalaureate degree. Within this curriculum, students take courses in the social sciences and humanities to gain a more global perspective, as well as an understanding of other cultures. The student is required to take a foreign language to deepen his/her understanding of another culture. Study abroad is encouraged with this program. This degree will serve as a basis for various careers in the field of international relations, foreign or public service, or careers in international institutions. This degree indicates to future employers that the student has a basic understanding of the world and its peoples.

Degree

Associate in Arts (Transfer Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I 3
ENGL 111COMPOSITION II  3
COMM 110INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY 3
ECON 110PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS 3
HIST 117
or
EARLY WESTERN CIVILIZATION 
or
3
HIST 118MODERN WESTERN CIVILIZATION 3
POLSC 122INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 3
MATHEMATICS *3
LIFE SCIENCE *3 to 4
PHYSICAL SCIENCE *4
PHIL 112COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS 3
FINE ARTS *3
INTERMEDIATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE II **4

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
INTERMEDIATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE I **4
GEOG 116GEOGRAPHY OF THE DEVELOPING WORLD  3
HIST 111
or
EARLY WORLD CIVILIZATIONS 
or
4
HIST 112MODERN WORLD CIVILIZATIONS 4
INTST 130
or
THE SOCIETY AND CULTURE OF CHINA 
or
3
INTST 134INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE EASTERN CULTURES 3
INTST 132
or
LATIN AMERICAN HUMANITIES 
or
3
INTST 133CULTURES AND CIVILIZATIONS OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA 3
POLSC 124COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS 3

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ELECTIVE ***3

* See specific requirements for Associate in Arts Degree.
** Foreign languages offered are: French, German, Spanish, and Arabic. It is assumed students have tested out of levels 110 and 111.
*** Recommended electives: ART 110, 150, 151; FILM 110; HUMAN 128; MUS 149, 150.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; HIST 117 or HIST 118; POLSC 124; Intermediate Foreign Language I
Spring Semester 1ENGL 111; COMM 110; Mathematics; Intermediate Foreign Language II; INTST 132 or INTST 133
Fall Semester 2PHIL 112; POLSC 122; ECON 110; Life Science; INTST 130 or INTST 134
Spring Semester 2GEOG 116; HIST 111 or HIST 112; Physical Science; Fine Arts; Elective

Program Contact Information

Humanities Department

Room 314C

(309)694-5342

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training