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

Required Program Courses

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

English, Humanities and Language Studies Department

Room 314C
(309)694-5342

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training