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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

LIBERAL ARTS
International Studies Specialization
 
Associate of Arts Degree AL, AN, LO, MA, WO, ELI


Purpose: The Liberal Arts A.A. degree with a specialization in International Studies is designed to prepare students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree program in International Studies. The International Studies specialization will broaden the student's education to include more emphasis on other cultures and countries in recognition of the increasing interdependence of today's world.

Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1___ 201 Foreign Language 3
2MTH 151 Math for the Liberal Arts I 3
3___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
4SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   15
2nd Semester
5ENG 112 College Composition II 3
1___ 202 Foreign Language 3
2MTH 152 Math for the Liberal Arts II 3
3___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
Total   16
3rd Semester
ECO 201 Principles of Economics I 3
6ENG Literature Elective 3
7___ General Elective 3
8HIS Elective 3
9___ Non-Western Requirement 3
Total   15
4th Semester
ECO 202 Principles of Economics II 3
7___ General Elective 3
8HIS Elective 3
10___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
9___ Non-Western Requirement 3
Total   15
Total credits for the International Studies Specialization=61

1 Students completing the A.A. in Liberal Arts must demonstrate intermediate college-level (201-202) proficiency in a language other than English. The 201-202 courses require a prerequisite proficiency equivalent to the 101-102 sequence in the language. Placement testing determines initial foreign language level. Students completing 101-102 foreign language may use those credits to meet general elective requirements. Waivers or credit by exam (through CLEP) for previous experience is available for some languages. Students whose native language is not English may substitute general electives for foreign language upon the approval of the advising division dean.

2 Any higher-level mathematics course may be substituted; see transfer requirements.

3 The science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

4 Students may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

5 ENG 125 may be substituted with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor according to requirements of transfer institutions.

6 Any 200-level literature course with an ENG prefix satisfies this requirement.

7 Social Science or Humanities recommended. Suggested courses include HUM 201-202, Survey of Western Culture; HUM 231-232, Survey of Asian Culture; or advanced language courses in history, literature, or civilization above the 202 designation (example: SPA 233-234, Introduction to Spanish Civilization and Literature). Consult your advisor.

8 The history elective may be selected from the HIS courses listed under Social/Behavioral Sciences listed under General Education Electives. HIS 101–102 or HIS 111–112 are recommended.

9 Students may choose from: ART 103-104, HIS 203, HIS 231-232, HIS 241-242, HIS 251-252, HIS 253-254, HIS 255, HIS 256, or REL 231-232, or other non-western courses approved by advisor.

10 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or faculty advisor to meet requirements of transfer institution.