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Global Studies

Award Type: Associate in Arts

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to studying the trends of modern global society and events. Increasing connections and interdependencies among nations, institutions and peoples around the world direct our attention to globalization as a central phenomenon of the contemporary era. The goal of the Global Studies program is to provide students with a strong base of knowledge, methods and practical skills for the comparative analysis of social, political, economic, environmental and cultural dimensions of globalization processes. The articulated transfer major will prepare students for further studies toward a baccalaureate degree in international/global studies.

The graduate of the Associate in Arts in Global Studies will:

  • Analyze important globalizing trends and their impact on the world’s cultures and the environment.
  • Explain transnational economic processes affecting global decisions and events.
  • Understand how globalization is affecting multiculturalism and the processes causing contemporary cultures to change.
  • Explore the changing nature of political organizations and non-governmental organizations in the modern world system.
  • Analyze the interdependence among people, groups, societies, governments and nations in finding solutions to current global problems and conflicts.
  • Describe core civic values which generate socially responsible behavior at both local and global levels.

Program Requirements

A major of 34 units is required for the degree. Required core courses (18 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BUS 141 Global Economics 3.0
ECON 141 Global Economics 3.0
GBST 141 Global Economics 3.0
ECON 102 Principles of Micro-Economics 3.0
GEOG 103 World Regional Geography 3.0
GBST 101 Introduction to Global Studies 3.0
HIST 102 World Civilizations Since 1500 3.0
HUM 102 World Civilizations Since 1500 3.0
HIST 105 Western Civilization Since 1650 3.0
HUM 105 Western Civilization Since 1650 3.0
POLS 104 Introduction to International Relations 3.0

Plus 6 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3.0
BUS 140 Survey of International Business 3.0
ECON 101 Principles of Macro-Economics 3.0
PHIL 121 Religions of the Modern World 3.0
POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science 3.0

Plus a minimum of 10 units of French or Spanish selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
FRCH 101 Elementary French I 5.0
FRCH 102 Elementary French II 5.0
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I 5.0
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II 5.0
SPAN 103 Intermediate Spanish I 5.0
SPAN 104 Intermediate Spanish II 5.0
SPAN 111 Intermediate Spanish Conversation 2.0

Recommended elective: a second year of foreign language.

General Education Requirements

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Last Modified Apr 16, 2024