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Associate of Arts: Area of Concentration in International Studies



This AOC requires a minimum of 15 credit hours in courses that have the International Studies (IS) designation. A current listing of these classes can be found by selecting "International Studies" in our class search.

The 15 credit hours must include World Geography (GEOG 1303) and a minimum of 1 Foreign Language course. Students must complete at least 50% of the courses towards the degree within Lone Star College to receive the AOC designation.

Associate of Arts Degree

An Associate of Arts is an academic transfer degree designed for students who will ultimately be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree at a four-year college/university that is not math or science oriented. Examples of this type of four-year degree are: Business, Liberal Arts, History, Speech, Music, Education, Criminal Justice, etc.

Courses 15 Credits
GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography (Recommended) 3
Language One Foreign Language Course (Recommended) 3-4
Elective Courses with I.S. Designated (Required)* 8-15
Associate of Arts: Area of Concentration in International Studies Program Total 15 Credits
Associate of Arts (AA) with an Area of Concentration in International Studies Degree Program Total 60 Credits


*At least 50% of the courses must be completed at Lone Star College to receive the AOC designation.
** All 15 credits must be I.S. designated courses if World Geography and/or 1 foreign language course are not taken.

The 15 credits required for an Area of Concentration in International Studies are included in the 60 credits needed to complete an Associate of Arts (AA) degree.

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Transfer Options

Credits earned at Lone Star College transfer to any public college or university in the state. Start smart with 2+2 (2 years at LSC and 2 years at the University of your choice) and get the first two years of your Bachelor's degree without the high-cost. Before you make your decision, make sure you:

  1. Meet with an advisor to choose the right degree plan
  2. Research colleges & universities
  3. Complete their admissions application on time

Transfer Guides

The key to success – and to minimizing stress – is planning ahead. LSC has transfer agreements with dozens of colleges and universities across Texas. These transfer guides, 2 + 2 agreements, and equivalency guides will show you the LSC courses that fulfill bachelor degree requirements at the institutions listed.

Transfer Centers

Want to speak with someone in person? No problem. All six of our campuses have transfer centers that offer one-on-one appointments, workshops, university visits and resources for parents. Find the transfer center that is closest to you:


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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