• International Studies

    An interdisciplinary program that draws on the best resources of LaGuardia to prepare students to become better-informed world citizens and to develop the competencies needed to survive and succeed in the new global economy.

  • The Liberal Arts: International Studies option leads to an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. A unique hybrid of intensive academic and career advisement is the hallmark of the International Studies option. Students not only receive academic advisement and instruction in core courses, but are also placed in internationally oriented internships in New York and abroad. Students are also provided with extensive guidance and support in transferring to senior colleges and in applying for scholarships. Students in the International Studies program are required to take two cycles of a foreign language.

  •  Advising

    In support of LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.


    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

        

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Maria Shirling, Advising Services
    mshirling@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-730-7577
    B 100P
    Shakira Whitley, Advising Services
    swhitley@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-5262
    B 100R


    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone Office Location
    Monika Ekiert, Interim Program Director mekiert@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-6097  B 234V 
    Habiba Boumlik  hboumlik@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5160  B 234B 


     Career Profile

    A major in International Studies leads to a range of possible careers; International Studies majors have expressed interest in:

    • Government jobs (e.g. development, energy, foreign service and intelligence)
    • International organizations within and outside of the United Nations (peace negotiation, human rights, children’s rights, etc.)
    • Non-governmental organizations (e.g. humanitarian aid, human rights, public health, education and environmental)
    • International banking and finance
    • International business
    • Modern languages
    • Consulting
    • Education and research
    • Media

    Explore career possibilities on Career Coach.

     Curriculum Overview

    CurrentStudents
    Log in to the CUNY Portal
    to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. 
    Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.


    ProspectiveStudents
    Review the International Studies Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.

    RecommendedCourse Sequence


    First Year, Fall I 

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG101
    English Composition I
    Required Core  
    3
      Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning  Required Core  3
    LIF101
    First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts 
    Program Core 
    3
    101-Level 
    Foreign Language (e.g., Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabic, etc.)* 
    Flexible Core: World Cultures  
    3
    Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits:
    12


    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG102
    Writing Through Literature Required Core
    3
    Session Credits:
    3
    Total Credits:
    15


    First Year, Spring I 

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits

    Life and Physical Sciences 
    Required Core 
    3
    102-Level 
    ENG Foreign Language (e.g., Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabic, etc.)*   Flexible Core (sixth course/ any category)  3
    ELN101
    Introduction to Bilingualism* 
    Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity 
    3
    HUC106
    Public Speaking*
    Flexible Core: Creative Expression
    3
    Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits: 27


    First Year, Spring II  

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG103 
    Preparing and Writing the Research Paper
    Program Core
    3
    Session Credits
    3
    Total Credits
    30


    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ELL101 
    Introduction to Language* 
    Flexible Core: Scientific World 
    3
      ENG/ELA Elective (ELF250, ELJ250, ELS260, ENG260 or ENG295)
    Program Core
    3
    SSE105
    International Economics*
    Program Core
    3
    SSA101 Cultural Anthropology  Program Core 3
      Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits:
    42


    Second Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
     SSH110 
    East Asia Civilization and Societies*
    Program Core
    3
    Session Credits
    3
    Total Credits
    45

    Second Year, Fall II
    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ELL220
    AppliedLinguistics* Flexible Core: Individual and Society 
    3
    SSH232  Survey of Latin American and Caribbean History Program Core  
    3
    SSP200 Global Politics Program Core 
    LIB200
    Humanism, Science and Technology
    Program Core 
    3
      Unrestricted elective
    Program Core 
    3
        Session Credits
    15
        Total Credits 60


    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.


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