Program Description

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a foundation in and understanding of globalization and contemporary global issues. The program is intended to prepare students to transfer into upper division degree programs in Global Studies, Global Politics, International Development Studies, International Relations, International Studies, and Comparative Government.  It also provides students a basis for other majors in anthropology, economics, geography, history, humanities, and political science.  Earning a degree in Global Studies is a starting point for careers in international business, international development, academics, immigration advocacy, non-profits, international politics, public policy, government, research, and the law. The skillsets that students develop are universally beneficial for virtually any major and career.

 The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer degree requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.
  2. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
  3. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  4. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  5. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis.  (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional local graduation requirements.)

Program Outcomes

  1. Develop the ability to identify, analyze and communicate possible solutions to global challenges with cultural sensitivity by drawing upon insights from multiple scholarly perspectives.
  2. Identify and examine the interconnectedness of global issues (i.e., patterns of migration, climate change, expanding markets etc.) from economic, political, geographical, and sociocultural lenses.
  3. Recognize and connect topics of globalization by analyzing contemporary news through an interdisciplinary approach to studying the global spread of ideas and institutions (i.e., the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the International Criminal Court etc.).

Associate in Arts Global Studies for Transfer (AA-T)

Course Requirements

REQUIRED CORE (6 UNITS)

  • GLBL 001 - Introduction to Global Studies (3)
  • GLGL 002 - Issues in Global Studies (3)

LIST A: SELECT FIVE COURSES FROM AT LEAST FOUR OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS (15 UNITS)

AREA 1: CULTURE AND SOCIETY

  • ANTH 002 - Cultural Anthropology (3)
    or ANTH 002H - Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • HIST 002B - History of World Civilizations from 1500 (3)
  • HIST 002A - History of World Civilizations to 1500 (3)

AREA 2: GEOGRAPHY

  • GEOG 001 - Physical Geography (3)
  • GEOG 002 - Cultural Geography (3)
  • GEOG 003 - World Regional Geography (3)

AREA 3: ECONOMICS

  • ECON 001B - Principles of Economics (3)
    or ECON 001BH - Honors Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON 001A - Principles of Economics (3)
    or ECON 001AH - Honors Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

AREA 4: POLITICS

  • POLS 002 - Comparative Government and Politics (3)
  • POLS 006 - The US and World Politics (3)

AREA 5: HUMANITIES

  • ENGL 044A - World Literature: Antiquity to 1500 (3)
  • ENGL 044B - World Literature: 1500-1800 AD (3)
  • SPAN 003 - Intermediate Spanish (5)
  • SPAN 004 - Intermediate Spanish (5)
  • CHIN 003 - Intermediate Chinese (5)
  • CHIN 004 - Intermediate Chinese (5)
  • FRNC 003 - Intermediate French (5)
  • FRNC 004 - Intermediate French (5)
  • GRMN 003 - Intermediate German (5)
  • GRMN 004 - Intermediate German (5)
  • ITAL 003 - Intermediate Italian (5)
  • ITAL 004 - Intermediate Italian (5)
  • JAPN 003 - Intermediate Japanese (5)
  • JAPN 004 - Intermediate Japanese (5)
  • RUSS 003 - Intermediate Russian (5)
  • RUSS 004 - Intermediate Russian (5)

Unit Requirements

Required Subtotal: 21-25
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 37-39
DEGREE TOTAL: 60 units


Catalog Year
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