World Languages–International Studies Certificate

The International Studies Certificate Program recognizes the growing importance of global interdependence and diversity. It is of special interest to students planning careers in fields emphasizing backgrounds in such areas as foreign languages, regional studies, international business and economics.

Study Languages Abroad
The most effective way to learn a language is to study and live among native speakers. Clark College offers foreign language immersion programs for students who want to improve their language skills through travel and study abroad. The Clark College World Languages Abroad Program offers study abroad opportunities in Spanish and Japanese.
General Study Abroad Information (including Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad opportunities)
Study Abroad opportunities through Clark College

International Studies Certificate
For students in World Languages (Japanese or Spanish) interested in emphasizing courses with a strong international focus as they complete the distribution requirements for their Associate of Arts degree.

To earn the Certificate (which appears as a special notation on the transcript), students must complete 25 credits in Core Courses and 15 credits in additional approved international electives. Students must complete each required core class with a grade of C or above


Approved International Electives (15 credits)
The International Studies Certificate Program has identified certain courses in the Clark College catalog as having a strong international component. Students must complete 15 credits from the list below. The selected courses count toward the International Studies Certificate while at the same time meeting distribution requirements for the Associate of Arts degree. Students must complete each international elective class with a grade of C or above.


For additional information, please contact a participating World Languages faculty member in Japanese or Spanish.
Doug Mrazek   (French)     992-2165
Julian Nelson   (German)     992-2280
Michiyo Okuhara   (Japanese)     992-2455
Erika Nava   (Spanish)     992-2172
Elizabeth Ubiergo   (Spanish)     992-2977
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Degree Options

International Studies
The International Studies concentration option recognizes the growing importance of global interdependence and diversity. It is of special interest to students planning careers in fields emphasizing backgrounds in such areas as foreign languages, regional studies, business, and economics.

International Studies Academic Concentration


For students in World Languages (Japanese, or Spanish) interested in emphasizing courses with a strong international focus as they complete the distribution requirements for their Associate of Arts degree. 
To earn the Academic Concentration (which appears as a special notation on the transcript), students must complete 5 credits of a 200 level World Language Course and 20 credits of approved international courses. Students must complete the 200 level language class with a grade of C or above.

International Studies (AC)
The International Studies Academic Concentration allows students to earn two years of foreign language credit while meeting the distribution requirements for the Associate in Arts degree.


Required Core Courses (5 credits required)
World Language (5 credits required)
 
5 credits of &200-level courses in one language (Japanese or Spanish)
Approved International Electives (20 credits required)
The International Studies Academic Concentration has identified certain courses in the Clark College catalog as having a strong international component. Students must complete 20 credits from the list below. The selected courses count toward the International Studies Academic Concentration while at the same time meeting distribution requirements for the Associate of Arts degree. Students must complete each international elective class with a grade of C or above. See list of Approved International Courses below:
ANTH&206
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
5 cr.
ART 220
ART HISTORY: ANCIENT TO LATE ANTIQUE
5 cr.
or
ART 221
ART HISTORY: MEDIEVAL-RENAISSANCE
5 cr.
or
ART 222
ART HISTORY: BAROQUE-MODERN
5 cr.
BIOL 101
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
5 cr.
CMST 216
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
ECON 110
INTRODUCTION TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
5 cr.
ECON 120
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
3 cr.
ENGL 261
WORLD LITERATURE
3 cr.
or
ENGL 262
WORLD LITERATURE
3 cr.
ENGL 264
BRITISH LITERATURE
3 cr.
or
ENGL 265
BRITISH LITERATURE
3 cr.
or
ENGL 266
BRITISH LITERATURE
3 cr.
ENGL 150
INTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY
3 cr.
GEOG&102
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
5 cr.
GEOG&207
ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
5 cr.
HIST 231
HISTORY OF GENOCIDE
3 cr.
HIST 260
AFRICAN HISTORY
5 cr.
HIST 285
HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
5 cr.
HIST&126
WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I
5 cr.
or
HIST&127
WORLD CIVILIZATIONS II
5 cr.
or
HIST&128
WORLD CIVILIZATIONS III
5 cr.
HIST 251
WOMEN IN WORLD HISTORY I
5 cr.
or
HIST 252
WOMEN IN WORLD HISTORY II
5 cr.
JAPN 171
JAPANESE SOCIETY
3 cr.
MUSC 116
MUSIC HISTORY: MIDDLE AGES TO BAROQUE
5 cr.
or
MUSC 117
MUSIC HISTORY: CLASSICAL/ROMANTIC
5 cr.
or
MUSC 118
MUSIC HISTORY: TWENTIETH CENTURY
5 cr.
PHIL&101
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
5 cr.
POLS&203
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
5 cr.
POLS 220
THE GEOPOLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
5 cr.
WS 201
WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD
3 cr.

Total Required Credits:25

Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate Awareness of other cultures.
  • Demonstrate world language skills
  • Describe the field of international studies.