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LA&S International Studies AA

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This program prepares for transfer to a four-year program in business, social sciences or humanities with an international orientation. Along with providing a coherent liberal arts base, it provides access to instruction in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. High School Mathematics Course 1 and 2 or the equivalent, and one year of a laboratory science are required; two years of a foreign language are recommended.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To develop a range of skills including critical thinking, problem solving
  • Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or other’s work
  • Develop well-reasoned arguments
Goal 2 To promote support for an interest in foreign language and culture
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and an understanding from an international perspective about the human condition and past and present culture
Goal 3 To develop an understanding and proficiency in the intellectual skills in the use of a second spoken and written language
  • Students will demonstrate a proficiency in a second spoken and written language
  • Students will demonstrate a proficiency in knowledge of international culture
Goal 4 To promote diversity awareness and a global view
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of global:
  • economic issues
  • historical perspectives
  • social issues and/or
  • environmental developments
Goal 5 To provide opportunities for students to demonstrate a range of skills in written and oral proficiency
  • The student will devise and confidently deliver oral proposals and reports
  • The student will compose clear and coherent written reports and essays
Goal 6 To prepare the student to transfer to a four-year program in the social sciences or humanities
  • Graduates will transfer to a four-year institution with junior status or before completing a degree, students may transfer general education courses towards upper level programs in other institutions
Goal 7 To create an opportunity for the student to gain: depth in the humanities breadth in other subject areas
  • Graduates will have taken sequences of courses in languages, literature, social sciences, the arts, mathematics, and natural sciences
  • Graduates will have taken a variety of subjects, such as languages, literature, social sciences, the arts, mathematics, and sciences
Goal 8 To provide opportunities for students to study abroad while earning up to 15 hours toward a degree from MVCC
  • Students with an interest in study abroad will participate in academic programs in other countries
Goal 9 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA108 Concepts in Mathematics
This course is a survey of mathematics for students in those programs that do not require a mathematics sequence. It provides an appreciation of mathematical ideas in historical and modern settings. Topics include problem solving, logic, geometry, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HI101 History of Civ 1
This course introduces the nature and study of history, and covers the emergence and development of Eurasian civilization to about 1500 A.D. in the Near East, India, China, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa. Attention is given to religion in these civilizations and on the rise of the West to a position of world power during the Middle Ages. See when this course is offered ...
Foreign Language 1 3cr
(a) A minimum of two semesters in the same language will be required. The student will meet with the Humanities Department Head and the Coordinator of International Studies to assess existing foreign language competency in order to determine proper placement or possible exemption. In the case of an ESL student, for example, English may satisfy the foreign language requirement.
3.0
PS202 Comparative Poltcs (IS 1)
This course covers the convergence of theories, methods, and concepts associated with political science and comparative politics. It introduces knowledge about politics and political science in a comparative perspective and develops a framework of classifications or typologies to deal with the complexity of political life. A specific effort is made to survey major ideological strains, from communism to fascism, and to link them to recent and current regimes and movements. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HI102 History of Civ 2
This course is concerned with civilizations and their influences on each other in the modern world. It traces the rise of the West to a position of world dominance and its impact on non-Western societies. Emphasis is placed on the major forces that have shaped the contemporary world - industrialization, urbanization, nationalism, militarism, imperialism, democracy, and communism. See when this course is offered ...
Foreign Language 2 3cr
(a) A minimum of two semesters in the same language will be required. The student will meet with the Humanities Department Head and the Coordinator of International Studies to assess existing foreign language competency in order to determine proper placement or possible exemption. In the case of an ESL student, for example, English may satisfy the foreign language requirement.
3.0
AN102 Cultural Anthropology
This course examines the cultural evolution of humans in a cross-cultural perspective. It includes the study of kinship, marriage, family, political and economic organization, the arts, and the individual in society. It covers the historical background of development of the discipline, research methods, and concepts proposed by various schools of anthropological thought. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
3.0
EN255 World Literature 1
This course is a survey of the world literature masterpieces in English translation from the ancient times through the Renaissance. Among the major writers and texts studied are Homer, Sophocles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Dante, the Bhagwad Gita, the Jataka, Machiavelli, Rabelais, Cervantes, and Shakespeare. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas & Values in Literature. See when this course is offered ...
Core GE Natural Science
(b) Human Life Science does not fulfill the science requirement.
3.0
BM101 Survey Economics
This course introduces economic theory and its relevance to daily life in a market economy. Topics include scarcity, supply and demand, choice, economic growth, taxation, and the role of government in the economy. Attention is given to current economic issues and their impact upon everyday life. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN150 Effective Speech
This course is an introduction to public speaking. It emphasizes the fundamentals of preparing, organizing, supporting, and delivering the speech based on factual material. It includes topic selection, audience analysis, fact vs. opinion, outlining, supporting material, and visual support. Informative, demonstrative, and persuasive speeches are presented. Elements of interpersonal communication, logic, and persuasion are discussed. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
Restricted Elective 3cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
3.0
EN256 World Literature 2
This course is a survey of world literature masterpieces in English translation from the Enlightenment through the Twentieth Century. Among the major writers studied are Swift, Pope, Voltaire, Roussnau, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Kafka, Ibsen, Camus, Garcia Marquez, Achebe, Mishima, and Mann. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas & Values in Literature. See when this course is offered ...
GE Natural Science
(b) Human Life Science does not fulfill the science requirement.
3.0
PS205 International Politics
This course covers the skills necessary to analyze contemporary international politics. It focuses upon international politics as a political system, examines the types of actors (individuals, groups, or institutions) who make decisions determining the course of international politics, and discusses how nations deal with one another in international interactions. Prerequisite: PS101 American National Government or PS202 Comparative Politics. See when this course is offered ...
Restricted Elective 3cr
Restricted Elective 3cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Restricted Electives
Business Electives include:
3.0
BM212 Internatnl Marketing
This course emphasizes the basic principles and practices of international marketing. Techniques and strategies of operating in a global environment are a primary focus. Areas of concentration include the international legal environment, foreign business customs, political systems, and the U.S. roles in global relations. Prerequisite: BM120 Principles of Marketing. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IS101 Computer Apps & Concepts 1
This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication. See when this course is offered ...
Social Science Electives include:
3.0
SO101 Intro Sociology
This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AN101 Biological Anthropology
This course presents the biological and evolutionary history of humans. Basic concepts of evolutionary theory, human genetics, human biological adaptation and diversity, and the hominid fossil record are explored. It includes the behavior and ecology of living non-human primates. See when this course is offered ...
Humanities Electives include
3.0
HU204 History of Art 1
This course introduces the history of art from prehistoric times through the Sixteenth Century. Topics include Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU205 History of Art 2
This course introduces the history of art from the Seventeenth Century to the present. Topics include Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicisms, Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Twentieth-Century, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU220 Studies in Mexcn Art/Culture
This international course enhances cross-cultural skills, language skills, and an understanding of Mexican culture. Topics include indigenous and modern Mexican art and culture, and conversational Spanish. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU292 Topics/Humanities
This course explores a specific area or topic in the Humanities. Flexibility regarding traditional boundaries of disciplines, genre, time periods, and media give fresh perspectives and knowledge that relate to and illuminate the topic. See the Assistant Dean for Arts and Humanities for the current offerings. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas &Values in Literature. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU186 Music Appreciation
This course develops musical perception, understanding, and appreciation. It features direct listening and live performances, and demonstrations in a variety of musical styles. It is appropriate for those with no formal musical training. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU187 Art Appreciation
This course develops perception, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts through an examination of the role of the artist in a diverse society. The artist is considered within cultural context through an introduction to Western and non-Western art history. Materials and techniques of art are studied with emphasis on the fundamental elements of artistic expression. A field trip to a gallery exhibit is required. Skill in art is not necessary. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU188 Film Appreciation
This course examines the development of film as a medium of artistic expression. Topics include cinematic vocabulary, camera techniques, editing, sound, auteur theory, and personalities. Feature films are analyzed during the laboratory component. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN280 Drama Lit:Classic
This course covers the classic period of drama from the ancient Greek theater of 400 B.C.E. to the neo-classic French theater of the Eighteenth Century. Major plays and playwrights from world theaters are discussed. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas & Values in Literature. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN281 Drama Lit:Modern
This course explores the period of drama beginning in the Nineteenth Century and running to the mid-Twentieth Century. Major plays and playwrights from world theaters are discussed. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas & Values in Literature. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU289 Humanities:The Greek World
This course examines the values and ideas of classical Greece as expressed in sculpture, architecture, literature, philosophy, and mythology. Selected major art, literary, and philosophic works from the period are studied. Links to current thought are examined. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas & Values in Literature. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU290 Medvl&Early Renis
This course examines the values and ideas of Medieval and Early Renaissance Europe as expressed in art, literature, philosophy, and music. Selected major art, literary, and philosophic works from these periods are studied. Links to current thought are examined. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas &Values in Literature. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU291 ID Hum:Modern Age
This course examines the major philosophical positions of the Modern Age in an effort to understand how these ideas came into being. Topics include Darwinism, Marxism, Freudian psychology, and Existentialism. The recent past is studied and shown to be the root of current thought. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas &Values in Literature. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU295 Surv West Philosophy
This course provides an historical survey of Western thought from the Pre-Socratics to contemporary Philosophers. Metaphysics, epistemology, social and political philosophies, and their leading practitioners are examined. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas & Values in Literature. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU296 Topics in Philosophy
This course provides a topical examination of ethics and morality, religion, and social and political philosophies and their impact on contemporary thought. Conflicts between differing schools of thought and their societal implications are stressed. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas &Values in Literature. See when this course is offered ...
15.0
SA300 Study Abroad
Students who participate in the MVCC semester abroad register for this course before they leave. Prerequisite: Permission of the Dean and Director of International Studies. See when this course is offered ...


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