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Intercultural and International Studies

Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Associate Degree
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
The Associate of Arts Degree with a focus on Intercultural and International Studies is suitable for students who plan to pursue a career in international relations or foreign affairs, and for those interested in international economic, political and cultural history, issues and philosophies. Students also learn the basics of a second language and skills for communicating in an international context.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 University Transfer credits as listed below
  • Require a minimum GPA of 2.00
  • 50% (30 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

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

3.00
INST 1100

Introduction to International Studies

3.00
 
Students must complete at least one course in List B
List B: Course Number

Course Title

Credits
CMNS 1217

Multicultural Interpersonal Workplace Communication

3.00
CMNS 2317

Intercultural Conflict in Interpersonal Relationships

3.00
 

Students must complete at least one course in List C

List C: Course Number

Course Title

Credits
ANTH 1100

Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

3.00
GEOG 1100

Introduction to Human Geography

3.00
HIST 1104

World History Since 1945

3.00
HIST 1105

Global Issues in Historical perspective

3.00
 
Students must complete two consecutive levels of one language (two courses) in List D
List D: Course Number

Course Title

Credits
MODL 1191, MODL 1192, MODL 2291, MODL 2292

Mandarin Chinese

6.00

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 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 B.C. 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
  • 9 credits in Science which shall include at least
    • 3 credits in Mathematics, Computing Science or Statistics, and
    • 3 credits in a laboratory science
  • 9 credits other University Transfer electives

*English courses can include courses in written Communications and Creative Writing that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) 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 the 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. Economics courses are Arts courses. Arts courses may also include Mathematics courses.

Definitions:

A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, 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 designated as Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. To confirm course designation, check the Associate of Arts Degree checklist.
  • 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 an Academic 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.

career transfer pathways
In most cases, an Associate Degree will allow you to transfer to a university and enter the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree program. Many universities prefer candidates with an Associate Degree and will accept students at a lower grade point average than those without the degree.
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

program cost

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curriculum 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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