Lone Star College offers courses with an international focus to help students build their awareness of the global community in order to broaden their perspectives and prepare for the global job market. IS courses can be taken from standard core courses, such as English, history, art, and sciences, that have been designated as International Studies (IS). They can be taken individually to enhance student learning.
International Studies-designated courses are typically offered fully in the United States and available in a variety of subjects. They are a great option if your schedule does not allow you to travel internationally. They have the same pre-requisites as their non-IS counterparts and are offered in a variety of formats, including online. Availability may vary by semester and new courses are being added every semester!
The International Studies Area of Concentration (AOC) is an introduction for students to global studies with an emphasis on the interconnectedness of peoples and nations. This opportunity is available for any global-minded LSC freshman or sophomore student seeking an associate degree. Upon successful completion, graduates will receive an international studies area of concentration designation on their transcript.
By taking a diverse set of courses with a worldview, students will broaden their perspectives and gain an appreciation and awareness of the global community. Students interested in employment opportunities in international industries like business, oil and gas, energy, law, foreign services or with an international organization like United Nations will find this designation on their transcripts very rewarding. In addition, an international studies emphasis demonstrates a level of cultural competency valuable to all students for transfer and job searches.
How do I earn it?
To earn an Area of Concentration in International Studies, students must take at least 15 credit hours in International Studies (IS)-designated courses. Many core courses have been IS-designated – from English to history to art and sciences – and can be used toward meeting the Area of Concentration requirements.
Any one Foreign Language Course (3-4 credits) may apply to the AOC credit hours requirement. At least 50% of the courses must be completed at Lone Star College to receive the AOC designation. All 15 credits must be IS- designated courses