International Studies

Explore your role in the world’s interconnected cultures and nations. The College's international studies program provides a strong foundation in cultural, historical, political, and economic perspectives, preparing students for work and transfer.

Study Abroad for First-person Learning

All students in the program will immerse themselves fully in a culture via a study abroad course of their choice led by expert faculty. Recent trips have included Colombia, Ecuador, Ireland, Guatemala, Italy, Nicaragua, and Spain.

Note: Some funding and financial aid may be available for study abroad courses. Alternative domestic cultural immersion options will be provided for those students unable to travel internationally.

Most careers require a bachelor’s degree, and opportunities include international aid and relief work, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), sustainable community development, international public policy, U.N. agencies, international business, and peace and mediation work.

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Most careers require a bachelor’s degree, and opportunities include international aid and relief work, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), sustainable community development, international public policy, U.N. agencies, international business, and peace and mediation work.

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Program Chair

Tina Stavenhagen-Helgren

Tina Stavenhagen-Helgren

Professor, Anthropology

Learning about cross-cultural issues really intrigues me, especially when we discuss this live in a classroom setting. I enjoy incorporating innovative teaching and learning methods.

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Transfer Options

Transfer opportunities exist for graduates of the program to transfer with full junior status placement at SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, Wells College, and Ithaca College. Tompkins Cortland Community College students also frequently transfer to schools such as Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Binghamton University, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Delhi, Keuka College, and more.

Degree Requirements

A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 60 credits
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one course from the courses listed below:
ANTH220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
SOCI220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one course from the courses listed below:
ECON120, Principles of Microeconomics, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ECON121, Principles of Macroeconomics, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL100, Academic Writing I (C or better), 3 cr.
A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a three-credit unrestricted elective. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor. 
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
GEOG120, World Regional Geography, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY111, World History Since 1500, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
FOREIGN LANGUAGE SEQUENCE
Choose one set of courses from the following sets listed below:
 
ARAB101, Arabic I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ARAB102, Arabic II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CHIN101, Mandarin Chinese I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CHIN102, Mandarin Chinese II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
FREN101, French I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
FREN102, French II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
FREN201, Intermediate French I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
FREN202, Intermediate French II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
GERM101, Beginning German I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
GERM102, Beginning German II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ITAL101, Italian I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ITAL102, Italian II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
RUSN101, Russian I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
RUSN102, Russian II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
SPAN101, Beginning Spanish I, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
SPAN102, Beginning Spanish II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
SPAN201, Intermediate Spanish I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
SPAN202, Intermediate Spanish II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select 1 course from the list below:
MATH120, College Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Choose one course from the courses listed below:
All students in the program must complete a Study Abroad course. 
If a two-course pair is taken, the other course can often be used 
as an elective. Consult with your advisor for more information. 

 
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
BIOL116, Tropical Field Natural History, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL250, Field Studies in Literature, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HRMG220, International Culture & Cuisine - Study Abroad, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY230, History of Ireland - Study Abroad, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
POSC230, History of Ireland, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
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POSC225, Comparative Politics, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
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Choose 1 course from the following groups.
The SUNY GEN ED Restricted Elective must be chosen from 4-American History, 5-Western Civilization, 7-Humanities, or 8-The Arts. The course should be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor. 

American History
HSTY201, American History to 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY202, American History Since 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY225, African American History, 3 cr.
HSTY233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.
HSTY255, Labor History, 3 cr.
WGST233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.

Western Civilization
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I, 3 cr.
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II, 3 cr.

Humanities
CRJU217, Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr.
ENGL205, American Literature I, 3 cr.
ENGL206, American Literature II, 3 cr.
ENGL208, Intro to Native American Literature, 3 cr.
ENGL215, Short Fiction, 3 cr.
ENGL220, Literature for Children, 3 cr.
ENGL225, World Literature I, 3 cr.
ENGL226, World Literature II, 3 cr.
ENGL227, Fundamentals of Creative Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL229, Introduction to Poetry, 3 cr.
ENGL233, Film Analysis, 3 cr.
ENGL245, Survey of British Literature I, 3 cr.
ENGL246, Survey of British Literature II, 3 cr.
ENGL248, Contemporary Women Writers, 3 cr.
ENVS105, Environmental Ethics, 3 cr.
HUMN232, Introduction to World Religions, 3 cr.
PHIL101, Introduction to Philosophy, 3 cr.
PHIL201, Contemporary Moral Issues, 3 cr.
WGST248, Contemporary Women Writers, 3 cr.

The Arts
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
ART102, History and Appreciation of Art II, 3 cr.
ART109, Graphic Design, 3 cr.
ART110, Design I, 3 cr.
ART111, Photography I, 3 cr.
ART112, Photography II, 3 cr.
ART114, Design II, 3 cr.
ART115, Painting I, 3 cr.
ART120, Drawing I, 3 cr.
ART122, Drawing II, 3 cr.
ART130, Ceramics, 3 cr.
ART180, Typography, 3 cr.
ART200, Illustration, 3 cr.
ART270, Computer Graphics I, 3 cr.
ART271, Computer Graphics II, 3 cr.
ENGL105, Beginning Acting, 3 cr.
ENGL200, Screenwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL212, Fiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL255, Writing the Dramatic Television Series, 3 cr.
ENGL256, Playwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL262, Poetry Writing, 3 cr.
MUSI101, Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
RECR215, Recreation and the Expressive Arts, 3 cr.
SOCE258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 9 credits from the courses listed below:
To be selected in consultation with student's advisor. 
Recommended: BUAD 111, ENGL 225, 233, HSTY 110, 215, PSYC 103, 
RECR 150, SOCE 150, any Foreign Language or any Study Abroad Elective. 


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SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

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