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International Studies

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Academic Certificate (AC) in International Studies program will provide students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and their understanding of our increasingly interdependent global society. The Certificate approaches broad cultural issues and includes a strong emphasis on world politics and religions. It also includes developing proficiency in cross-cultural communications and the capacity to navigate world cultures. Proficiency in a modern language is also an integral part of the Certificate.


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Field of Interest: 
Culture and Society
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
Fall 2014
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
Admission criteria


Academic Plan: 
International Studies (CER)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.
Study abroad credit may replace courses identified as electives with the approval of the Program Director or Department Chairperson.
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
REL100World Religions3
POS120World Politics3
POS140Comparative Government (3) OR
POS210Political Ideologies (3)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
ASB102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
HIS102History of Western Civilization 1789 to Present3
SPH245Hispanic Heritage in the Southwest3
Any of the following Foreign Language courses:
FRE+++ Any FRE/French course (101, 201) (4) OR
ITA+++ Any ITA/Italian course (101, 201) (4) OR
JPN+++ Any JPN/Japanese course (101, 201) (4) OR
NAV+++ Any NAV/Navajo course (101, 201) (4) OR
SPA+++ Any SPA/Spanish course (101, 201) (4)4
  • Describe the influence of world religions on social, economic, and political developments. (REL100)
  • Describe similarities and differences among the beliefs, traditions, and practices of major world religions. (REL100)
  • Delineate the historical development of interstate relations and the place of the nation-state in that development while describing relevant issues such as national security, war, economic integration, trade, etc. (POS120)
  • Distinguish, define, and depict the chief characteristics of the three levels of analysis--individual, state, and international systems--and the method of arriving at policy choice decisions. (POS120)
  • Describe the differences between policy-making framework and motives inherent in the approaches of realism versus idealism. (POS120)
  • Differentiate and make connections between economic and political issues and questions that affect world politics, and list the various analytical and theoretical positions used to explain world politics. (POS120, POS140, POS210)
  • Describe the issue of change in the international environment and those forces that may initiate their change, including the distinction between an international current event and a current international issue. (POS120, POS140, POS210)
  • Describe the differences in political economic terms among neomercantilism, liberalism, and socialism. (POS120, POS140, POS210)
  • Distinguish comparative methodologies developed to compare various political systems of government, including unitary, federal, and confederal government models. (POS120, POS140, POS210)
  • Compare the election practices in a selected democratic or open society with those of a non-democratic or closed society. (POS120, POS140, POS210)
  • Compare and contrast open and closed nations relative to the organization of their executive systems and relative to the operational characteristics of their representative assemblies. (POS140, POS210)
  • List major components of justice found in open societies, and state how they differ from practices of justice in closed societies. (POS140, POS210)

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