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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 credits as listed below
  • Require a minimum GPA of 2.00

Course Requirements:

Students must fulfill all of the general requirements of the Associate of Arts Degree.

In addition, students must complete core courses in Communications, Political Science, and Modern Languages, and six relevant courses from Social Sciences and Humanities, and Language, Literature and Performing Arts.

Course Number Course Title Credits

Communications: Select one course from the following two options:

CMNS 1104 

Foundations of Intercultural Communication

CMNS 1217

Multicultural Interpersonal Workplace Communication

Political Science:
INST 1100

Introduction to International Studies

Modern Languages (two consecutive levels of one language):
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

Relevant Courses: Select six courses from the following 21 options:

ANTH 1100

Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 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 1100

Introduction to Human Geography 3.00

GEOG 2213

Social Geography 3.00

HIST 1103

World History, 1900-1945 3.00

HIST 1104

World History Since 1945 3.00

HUMS 1171

World Religions - Oriental 3.00

HUMS 1172

World Religions - Occidental 3.00

IDST 1103

Introduction to Intercultural/International Studies 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

Recommended Electives Include:**

ANTH 1120

Native Cultures of BC  3.00

ANTH 1160

Canadian Native Cultures 3.00 

GEOG 1160

Geography of BC 3.00 

GEOG 1180

Geography of Canada 3.00 

ECON 1110

Economic Thought 3.00 

ECON 1125

Introduction to Economic Thought 3.00 

ECON 2460

Environmental Economics 3.00 

HIST 1113

Canada Before Confederation 3.00 

HIST 1114

Canada After Confederation 3.00 

HIST 2201

Europe, Renaissance to Enlightenment 3.00 

HIST 2202

European History: From the French Revolution to the Great War 3.00 

HIST 2241

The United States Since 1877 3.00 

HIST 2250

Modern China: An Introduction 3.00 

HIST 2251

Modern Japan: An Introduction 3.00 

PEFA 1136

Introduction to Music 3.00 

PHIL 1135

Asian Philosophy 3.00 

* For the relevant sections of ENGL 1102, ENGL 1106, and ENGL 3160 please consult the English Department. For more information on this program, call 604 527 5463.

** Students are encouraged to consider the following courses in selecting electives for their Associate of Arts Degree in Intercultural and International Studies.

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

  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year English* electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts** electives
  • 18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective
  • 9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives

* English courses include courses in written Communications and Creative Writing that transfer to one of the BC research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit. 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. To confirm whether a course is designated as "humanities" or "social sciences", check with an Academic Advisor. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. 


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 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 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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