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On Education Planner BC select the program "Arts - International & Intercultural Studies - Associate Degree"

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Intercultural and International Studies
Length of Program
Four semesters
Credential Type
Associate Degree
New Westminster
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


The Associate of Arts Degree in Intercultural and International Studies will prepare you for a career in international relations, diplomatic relations or foreign affairs. Learn about current global issues and develop the skills for communicating in an international context. Participate in discussions and presentations, and engage in classroom lectures to develop and enhance your critical-thinking, writing, research and presentation skills. You’ll also study the basics of a second language. 

Get paid, full-time work experience during your studies 

You can also join the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate. To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.

Further education 

This international studies program can lead to a BA in political science or international studies at a university. In most cases, an associate degree will allow you to enter the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree program. To make sure your courses transfer, use the BC Transfer Guide as it has all the up-to-date information you’ll need to plan your education. 

Admissions Requirements


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

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Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 University Transfer credits as listed below
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required
  • All courses must be University Transferable - a University Transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the Research Universities - SFU, UBC (UBCV or UBCO), UNBC, or UVIC in the BC Transfer Guide
  • 50% (30 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Specializations are not noted on credentials but will be noted on the transcript
  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: seven (7) years

Course Requirements:

Students must fulfill all of the general requirements of the Associate of Arts Degree. Students pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree in Intercultural and International Studies must also complete the following program specific requirements:

Students must complete all courses in List A
List A: Course Number Course Title Credits
CMNS 1104 

Foundations of Intercultural Communication

INST 1100

Introduction to International Studies

Students must complete at least one course in List B
List B: Course Number

Course Title

CMNS 1217

Intercultural Communication in the Workplace

CMNS 2317

Intercultural Conflict in Interpersonal Relationships


Students must complete at least one course in List C

List C: Course Number

Course Title

ANTH 1100

Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

GEOG 1100

Introduction to Human Geography

HIST 1104

World History Since 1945

HIST 1105

Global Issues in Historical perspective

Students must complete two consecutive levels of one language (two courses) in List D
List D: Course Number

Course Title

MODL 1191, MODL 1192, MODL 2291, MODL 2292

Mandarin Chinese


MODL 1101, MODL 1102, MODL 2201, MODL 2202,

MODL 3301, MODL 3302, MODL 4401, MODL 4402

French 6.00

MODL 1131, MODL 1132, MODL 2231, MODL 2232

German 6.00

MODL 1171, MODL 1172, MODL 2271, MODL 2272

Japanese 6.00

MODL 1151, MODL 1152, MODL 2251, MODL 2252,

MODL 3351 MODL 3352

Spanish 6.00

Students must complete at least six courses in List E

List E: Course Number

Course Title Credits

ANTH 1120

Indigenous Cultures of British Columbia 3.00

ANTH 1160

Canadian Indigenous Cultures 3.00

ANTH 1170

Anthropology in Developing Countries 3.00

ECON 1103

Globalization, World Economy 3.00

ENGL 1102*

Reading Literature and Culture (designated section) 3.00

ENGL 1106*

Reading Fiction (designated section) 3.00

ENGL 3160*

Topics in World Literature (designated section) 3.00

GEOG 2213

Social Geography 3.00

HIST 1103

World History, 1900-1945 3.00

HIST 2220

War and Society 3.00

HUMS 1171

World Religions - Oriental 3.00

HUMS 1172

World Religions - Occidental 3.00

MODL 1153

Introduction to the Language and Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World 3.00

PHIL 1170

Philosophy and Religion 3.00

POLI 1103

Introduction to World Politics 3.00

POLI 2203

Current International Issues 3.00

POLI 2210

Introduction to Comparative Politics 3.00

PSYC 3340

Cultural Psychology 3.00

SOCI 1145

Canadian Society 3.00

SOCI 2230

Race and Ethnicity 3.00

* For the relevant sections of ENGL 1102, ENGL 1106, and ENGL 3160 please consult the English Department. 

The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any BC college:

  • 6 credits first-year English* electives
  • 6 credits Humanities electives
  • 6 credits Social Sciences electives
  • 6 credits Arts** electives
  • 18 credits second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
  • 3 credits Lab Science elective
  • 3 credits Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
  • 3 credits Math, Statistics or Science elective
  • 9 credits other University Transfer electives

*English courses can include courses in written Communications (CMNS) and Creative Writing (CRWR) that transfer to one of the BC research universities (SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC, or UVIC) as English credit. A maximum of 3 credits can come from such an equivalent; at least 3 credits must be earned in an actual ENGL course, so-named. For purposes of the Associate of Arts degree, English courses cannot be counted as Humanities courses.

** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. To confirm whether a course is designated as "humanities" or "social sciences", check the Associate of Arts degree graduation checklist. Economics courses are Arts courses. Arts courses may also include Mathematics courses.


A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC, or UVIC).

  • An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
  • A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
  • The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
  • A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
  • first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
  • second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
  • laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.

For detailed information you should meet with a Student Success Advisor.

Co-operative Education Option:

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.


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Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Careers in the Diplomatic and Consular Corps
  • Canadian National Sales Representative 
  • Citizenship and Immigration Officer 
  • Community Development/Liaison Officer 
  • Community Worker 
  • Cross-cultural Relations Consultant 
  • Customs Clerk/Broker 
  • Foreign Service Officer 
  • Health and Social Policy Researcher 
  • Historical Research Assistant 
  • Human Rights Advocate 
  • Humanitarian Aid Worker