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Global Studies

Associate Degree for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Global Studies

This degree provides a multidisciplinary understanding of global issues and the impact of globalization on people, states, and economies around the world. It covers trade, culture, politics, economic development, military interventions, conflict, relations between states, and environmental impacts.

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer (AA-T) degree provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system.

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student completion requirements (as stated in SB1440 law):
(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(a) The intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University GE-Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-Breadth).
(b) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
ADTs also require that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Completing the Associate in Arts in Global Studies will prepare students to apply a global understanding to careers in trade, law, diplomacy, food production, education, human rights, development, relief, and marketing. Students completing this degree will be able to continue their studies in any of the above listed areas and to apply a global perspective to any field of study or work.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GLST 301 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLST 302 Global Issues 3
A minimum of 15 units from the following: 151
Select five courses from a minimum of four of the following areas:
CULTURE AND SOCIETY
ANTH 481 Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
   or ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
HIST 308 History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present (3)
HIST 365 Asian Civilization (3)
GEOGRAPHY
GEOG 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems (3)
GEOG 310 Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes (3)
GEOG 320 World Regional Geography (3)
ECONOMICS
ECON 302 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 304 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
POLITICS
POLS 302 Comparative Politics (3)
POLS 480 Introduction to International Relations - Honors (3)
   or POLS 310 Introduction to International Relations (3)
HUMANITIES
ENGLT 480 World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern World - Honors (3)
ENGLT 481 World Literature: Seventeenth Century to Present - Honors (3)
PHIL 352 Introduction to World Religions (3)
WGS 302 Global Women's Issues (3)
Total Units: 21

1Students are encouraged to include a foreign language as part of their Global Studies program. While it is not required to complete this degree, many transfer institutions include a foreign language proficiency as part of their global studies degrees.

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • formulate a broad and cohesive understanding of global dynamics, issues, and events and incorporate that knowledge into their daily life and career.
  • evaluate their role as a member of a global network of interdependent people and societies.
  • analyze various multidisciplinary approaches that explain the causes and consequences of globalization.
  • analyze local and regional societal, economic, political, and environmental issues within a global context.