Academic Catalog

Global Studies, AA-T

Program Description

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the processes of globalization and their impacts on societies, cultures, and environments around the world. The program provides the student with knowledge of critical issues that affect their lives and community, as well as the affairs of other cultures, societies, and nations. An understanding of the world's social, political, economic, and natural systems and their increasing interdependence, along with an appreciation of the diversity of human culture, will supply the student with a strong background for working in a global economy, for living in a multicultural society, and for making intelligent decisions as global citizens.

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students to transfer into the California State University (CSU) system. Students who complete the degree will be ensured preferential transfer status into the CSU system for Global Studies majors and majors in the following related disciplines: Global Politics, International Relations, International Studies, International Relations and Comparative Government. Other majors that may accept this degree include: African American Studies, Anthropology, Behavioral Science, Chinese, Communication Studies, Creative Arts, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. with Global Studies Concentration, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Social Sciences B.A. with Concentration in International Studies, Sociology, Spanish (see a counselor for details). The degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many local CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific local CSUs and to validate which CSUs are considered local.

Learn more about the program on the Global Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify, analyze, and offer potential solutions to major global challenges from multiple perspectives and worldviews.
  • Students will be able to differentiate multiple perspectives on globalization.
  • Students will be able to explain how and why the environmental well-being of the world demands personal and collective responsibility.
  • Students will be able to explain the interconnectedness of global decisions and events.

Units Required

  • Major: 32-37

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (32-37 units, of which 24-33 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
GLST 1INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL STUDIES4
GLST 2GLOBAL ISSUES4
Support Courses
List A
Complete six courses from at least four of the five areas:24-29
Area 1: Culture and Society
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
Area 2: Geography
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
Area 3: Economics
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
POLITICAL ECONOMY
HONORS POLITICAL ECONOMY
Area 4: Politics
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
HONORS COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
POLITICAL ECONOMY
HONORS POLITICAL ECONOMY
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/WORLD POLITICS
HONORS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/WORLD POLITICS
Area 5: Humanities
A HISTORY OF WOMEN IN ART 1
CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: THE ANCIENT WORLD
and CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: OF EMPIRES & CONFLICT
HONORS CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: THE ANCIENT WORLD
and CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: OF EMPIRES & CONFLICT
COMPARATIVE WORLD RELIGIONS: EAST
and COMPARATIVE WORLD RELIGIONS: WEST
WORLD LITERATURE I
HONORS WORLD LITERATURE I
WORLD LITERATURE II
HONORS WORLD LITERATURE II
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE III
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH III
Total Units32-37