• 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: Social Science and Humanities option in International Studies leads to an Associate in Arts (AA) degree.

    As an interdisciplinary program that draws on the best resources of LaGuardia, we prepare students to become better-informed world citizens, helping them develop the competencies needed to survive and succeed in the new global world. Students in the International Studies program learn about cross-cultural understanding, explore global perspectives on various world issues and cultures, become more familiar with distinct regions and cultures of the world, and take at least two cycles of a foreign language. The option in International Studies promotes global awareness, intercultural understanding, and international engagement. .

  • In support of the 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 is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They 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

    In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment.

    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.

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    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

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

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    Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities: International Studies Option - 2017-2018 Credits
    Pathways Common Core 30
    A. Required Core: 12 credits
    English: 6 credits
    ENG101 English Composition I (or ENA101 or ENC101, depending on placement scores) 3
    ENG102 Writing through Literature 3
    Mathematical and Quantitative
    Reasoning: 3 credits
    Select one of the following: 3
    MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
    MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
    MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry
    MAT119 Statistics and Elementary Algebra
    MAT120 Elementary Statistics
    (depending on placement scores)
    Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits
    Select one of the following: 3
    SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
    SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
    SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
    SCP101 Topics in Physics
    SCP105 Life in the Universe
    SCP140 Topics in Astronomy
    B. Flexible Core: 18 credits
    Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.
    Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.
    World Cultures and Global Issues
    US Experience its Diversity
    Creative Expression
    Individual and Society
    Scientific World
    To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed in the program handbook.

    Liberal Arts: 6 credits Credits
    LIF101 First Year Seminar 3
    LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology 3
    English: 3 credits
    ENG103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper 3
    ENG/ELA/Humanities: 3 credits
    Select one of the following courses: 3
    EIS216 International Schooling in Global Contexts
    ENG295 World Literatures Written in English
    ELF250 Modern French Literature in Translation
    ELS250 Contemporary Latin AmFiction in Translation
    ELA250 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
    ELC250 Chinese Literature in English Translation
    ELH250 Contemporary Hebrew Literature in Translation
    ELI250 Italian Literature in Translation
    ELJ250 Japanese Literature in Translation
    ELK250 Modern Korean Literature in Translation
    ELR250 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation
    ELA260 Arab Cinema: Cultural Insights through Film
    HUM107 Music of Latin America
    HUM109 World Music
    HUA167 Introduction to African Art
    HUA191 The Art of Eastern Asia
    Education and Language Acquisition: 9 credits
    EIS215 Language Issues in a Global World 3
    Modern Language 6
    (language and literature courses are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, and Spanish; course level is determined by the placement score; refer to the program handbook)
    Social Science: 9 credits
    Select one 100-level course:  6
    SSA106 Anthropology of Latin America
    SSA120 Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
    SSH113 Modern Chinese History
    SSH114 Modern Japanese History
    SSH153 History of the United States and World Affairs
    SSH110 East Asia Civilization and Societies
    SSA100 Introduction to Anthropology
    SSA101 Cultural Anthropology
    SSE105 International Economics
    SSE125 World Geography
    SSH103 West Civ from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
    SSH104 West Civ from the Renaissance to Modern Times
    SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500
    SSH106 World History from 1500 to the Present
    SSS100 Introduction to Sociology
    Select two 200-level courses: 3
    SSH232 Survey of Latin American and Caribbean History
    SSP220 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
    SSP200 Global Politics
    SSP250 Political Ideas and Ideologies
    SSI210 Women in Society
    TOTAL: 60 credits

    See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.

    Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).

    Learning Communities can help you:

    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a community with your classmates
    • Work closely with faculty
    • Be more successful in your courses
    • Be more likely to stay in school and graduate

    Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.

    Recent Learning Community Themes include:

    • American Cultural Identities in Poetry, Prose, Beats and Rhymes
    • Technology, Power and Freedom: Building your Digital Identity
    • Truth, Lies and Video
    • Alienation and Inquiry

    Review Liberal Arts Learning Communities for the current semester.

    Click here to view the Liberal Arts Learning Communities

    This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.

    Click here to view the LIB200 themes