Jun 14, 2024  
2019-2020 SLCC General Catalog 

International & Global Studies: AA

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Associate of Arts | 63 credits

Humanities & Languages Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus AAB 165
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-4338
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Laura Bradford, Carolina Bloem, Jeanine Alesch, Perparim Gutaj, Colin Moore

Program Description
The International Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students broadly for the increasingly global contexts within which Americans live and work. Courses in the program provide students with the content knowledge, analytical skills, and methodologies necessary to understand international and global issues, their historical and cultural contexts, as well as give them the conceptual and methodological tools to be professionally successful in a world characterized by ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism, and increasing interdependence. The program consists of three elective tracks: one general International Studies track, and two area studies tracks in Latin American Studies and Asian Studies.

Career Opportunities
There are many practical fields that are open to students of international studies. As an interdisciplinary program, majors are exposed to a variety of courses from different perspectives. The overall objective is to train “students of the world,” people who think critically about global issues and problems. Such individuals find opportunities in international business, international organizations, non-profit organizations with a global focus or reach, humanitarian agencies, policy and research think tanks, civil service, the tourism industry, media, and public relations.

Transfer/Articulation Information
The program is designed to provide seamless transfer to the University of Utah’s International Studies, Latin American Studies, and Asian Studies Bachelor of Art Degree programs; students who complete the AA degree in International Studies will transfer with Junior Status to one of these University of Utah programs. The program at the University of Utah leads to an individualized program of study in Culture/Identity, Global Health, Area Studies, Foreign Relations/Security, Development/Sustainability, or Trade/Commerce. Additionally, by taking one more required course, the program will facilitate transfer to Utah State University’s International Studies BA degree. The BA degrees in these areas at both the University of Utah and Utah State University require third-year (3000-level) foreign language competency and study abroad experience. It is recommended that students consider beginning the process of satisfying these requirements while at SLCC.

Students transferring to the University of Utah who take a language course and one area studies focus course may be eligible for a FLAS Scholarship through the University. See program office for more details.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Books: $300
Supplies: $15
Course Fees: $15 per language course

Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is 4 semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
8 - Develop lifelong wellness

Give examples of some key social, political, economic, cultural, and geographic events, themes, trends, processes, issues, and actors for various international and global issues.


Be able orally and in writing to organize, examine, synthesize, and discuss key concepts and significant topics in international and global affairs using methods from a range of social science and humanistic methods.

2, 4

Demonstrate proficiency in a 2nd language at the 2nd year college level (Intermediate) according to ACTFL standards.


Apply their historical, geographic, economic, sociological, linguistic, and cultural knowledge to analyzing alternative solutions to contemporary global and international issues.


Demonstrate knowledge of the natural, political, historical, social and economic underpinnings of the local, national, and global communities to which they belong and how those are interrelated.


Demonstrate cultural competency skills necessary to live effectively in a world characterized by ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism, and increasing interdependence.

4, 5, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) 1 course

Institutional Requirements

Communication (CM) 1 course

International & Global (IG) 1 course

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 course

Distribution Areas

1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 5 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as DIVERSITY (DV)

AA Language Degree Requirement

5 credits

Required Courses (9-20 credits)

Required Courses and Elective Courses must add up to a minimum of 24 credits. General Education courses cannot count for both General Education credits and major credits. The number taken in each area will depend on prior second language skills and the institution to which the student intends to transfer.

For University of Utah

All major courses must be taken for a minimum letter grade of C.

Language Requirement

All Tracks must take the following or pass a proficiency test demonstrating experiential equivalency (4-8 credits).

LANG prefix is a placeholder only - it is replaced by the prefix for the chosen individual language: ARB, CHI, FRN, ITL, JPN, NAV, POR, RUS, SAM, SPN, TNG.

At SLCC for Latin American Studies you can only take Spanish or Portuguese and for Asian Studies only Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Vietnamese, Samoan, or Tongan – other languages may be available at transfer institutions

Elective Courses (6-12 credits)

For University of Utah

Complete 1 of the following tracks.

For Utah State University

Complete 3 courses from the following (9 credits):

(Utah State University accepts only the following lower division electives depending on track selected, see Utah State University transfer advisors for more information.)

International Experience

Study Abroad (3 credits). See advisor for study abroad opportunities.

Optional Electives

Additional course options, including any required courses not taken above, which may be used to meet the 63 total credits required for program completion.

Advising Notes

Students without prior second language capabilities required by the program should begin taking the language sequence during their first semester, beginning with LANG 1010. Subsequent semesters students should take LANG 1020, LANG 2010, and LANG 2020. Students who demonstrate intermediate language proficiency can replace language courses with electives.

The University of Utah International Studies, Latin American Studies, and Asian Studies majors provide SLCC specific transfer worksheets on their respective websites.

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