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GLOBAL STUDIES

Global studies is the interdisciplinary study of political, economic, ecological and cultural interconnectedness. You can do a lot with this major! Global Studies majors go on to successful careers in international business, academics, advocacy, politics, government, publishing, the arts, research, and much more.

Graduates from a Global Studies interdisciplinary program will develop the skills and attitudes to excel as global citizens. They will possess an increased understanding of the world’s social, political, economic and natural systems and an appreciation of the diversity of human culture. This knowledge will enable them to better work in the global economy, live in a multicultural society and make intelligent decisions as global citizens.

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Associate in Arts degree in Global Studies for Transfer

Required courses


Associate in Arts degree in Global Studies for Transfer

Globalization has impacted all of our lives.  Our world is changing at an ever increasing pace.  The rise in international trade, technological advancement, international travel and cross-cultural conflict create new challenges and opportunities requiring a global perspective.  The process of globalization has not only made our world seem smaller but has also transformed all aspects of our lives.  As part of the global community, we continue to experience a growing sense of inter-connectedness that defies geographical boundaries.

The Associate of Arts in Global Studies Area of Emphasis Program at Golden West College draws on insights from across disciplines to provide students with a comprehensive study of the history and fundamental dynamics of globalization.  This interdisciplinary program uses an outcomes-oriented approach so that students develop the skills and attitudes to function as global citizens.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Students will examine the continual evolution of globalization and its consequences.

2. Students will compare distinctive forms of political, social, and economic organizations within the context of the historical evolution of globalization.

3. Students will explain the interconnectedness of the economic, political, environmental and sociocultural forces of globalization.

4. Students will develop and utilize a multi-cultural perspective with which to analyze the complexities of global issues.

5. Students will propose policies and demonstrate the willingness to engage in the implementation of solutions that would affect global change.

Required courses

CORE: (6 units)

PSCI G105 — Introduction to Global Studies – 3 Units

PSCI G205 — Global Issues – 3 Units

LIST A:  Select five courses from at least four of the following areas (15-16 Units)

Area 1. Culture and Society –

ANTH G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 Units

HIST G162 – World History 2 – 3 Units

Area 2.  Geography –

GEOG G185 – Human Geography – 3 Units

GEOG G100 – World Regional Geography – 3 Units

GEOG G180 – Introduction to Geography: Physical Geography – 3 Units

Area 3. Economics –

ECON G170 — Principles of Micro Economics – 3 Units

ECON G175 — Principles of Macro Economics – 3 Units

Area 4. Politics –

PSCI G110 – International Relations – 3 Units

PSCI G185 – Comparative Politics – 3 Units

Area 5. Humanities

ENGL G160 – Masterpieces of World Literature through the Renaissance – 3 Units

OR

ENGL G160H – Masterpieces of World Literature through the Renaissance, Honors – 3 Units

ENGL G161 – Masterpieces of World Lit since the Renaissance – 3 Units

OR

ENGL G161H – Masterpieces of World Lit since the Renaissance Honors – 3 Units

SPAN G280 – Intermediate Spanish 1 – 4 Units

SPAN G285 – Intermediate Spanish 2 – 4 Units

VIET G280 – Intermediate Vietnamese 1 – 4 units

VIET G285 – Intermediate Vietnamese 2 – 4 Units

Major Total: 21-23 units

CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units

Total units that may be double counted: 9-15

Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units) 7-17

DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

Global Studies Certificate Of Achievement

Required courses


Global Studies Certificate Of Achievement

Global studies is generally a broad-based, inter-disciplinary study of processes and problems in the twenty first century. The Certificate of Achievement in Global Studies Program encourages students to become global thinkers and problem-solvers by specifically training students in the knowledge and skills that are fundamental components of global citizenship and practice. Graduates from this program will possess an increased understanding of the world’s social, political, economic and natural systems and an appreciation of the diversity of human culture which in turn will enable them to better work in the global economy, live in a multicultural society and make intelligent decisions as global citizens. Students who finish this global studies program are not only more adept at understanding the changes brought about by globalization, but also are more likely to be hired by private and public industries who seek graduates with skills such as global literacy and global competencies.

The goals of the Certificate of Achievement in Global Studies are to enhance student competency within an area of focus; provide students with the skills and knowledge to perform competently, both professionally and socially, in an international environment; and to encourage students to become knowledgeable, active participants in the global arena.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Articulate an understanding of her/his culture in global and comparative context.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of global issues, processes, trends and systems.

3. Interpret issues and situations from more than one perspective.

4. Use diverse global perspectives and frames of reference to think critically and solve problems.

Required courses

Core

PSCI G105 – Introduction to Global Studies – 3 Units

PSCI G205 – Global Issues – 3 Units

Group A: Choose one course from the following: 3 Units

Culture and Society –

ANTH G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 Units

ANTH G190 – Introduction to Linguistics – 3 Units

GEOG G185 – Human Geography – 3 Units

GEOG G100 – World Regional Geography – 3 Units

HIST G162 – World History 2 – 3 Units

HIST G185 – Western Civilization 2 – 3 Units

SOC G100 – Sociology to Introduction – 3 Units

Governance and Conflict

PEAC G100 – Peace Studies Intro– 3 Units

PHIL G150/PSCI G150 – Political Philosophy – 3 Units

PSCI G110 – International Relations – 3 Units

PSCI G185 – Comparative Politics – 3 Units

Markets

ECON G170 — Principles of Micro Economics – 3 Units

ECON G175 — Principles of Macro Economics – 3 Units

Group B: Choose one course from the following: 3-4 Units

ANTH G185 – Physical Anthropology – 3 Units

ANTH G130 – Intro to Archeology – 3 Units

GEOG G180 – Intro to Geography: Physical Geography – 3 Units

ART G103 – History of Asian Art – 3 Units

HIST G120 – Asian Civilizations – 3 Units

HIST G150 – History of Latin America – 3 Units

HIST G132 – History of Britain and Ireland I – 3 Units

HIST G135 – History of Britain and Ireland II – 3 Units

PHIL G110 – Philosophy of the East – 3 Units

PHIL G111 – Philosophy of Religion-Western – 3 Units

SPAN G280 or G285– Intermediate Spanish – 3 Units

VIET G280 or G285 – Intermediate Level Vietnamese – 3 Units

Group C: Choose one course from the following: 3 Units

ECON G110 — Contemporary Economic Issues and Problems – 3 Units

PEAC G110– Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution – 3 Units

PSCI G120 – Principles of the United Nations – 3 Units

SOC G185 – Analysis of Social Problems – 3 Units

Total: 15-16 units

Job Titles Related to this Major

Economics/Business

  • Import/Export Specialist
  • International Business Owner/Administrator
  • International Development Coordinator
  • International Lawyer
  • International Market Researcher
  • International Relations
  • International Mediator/Negotiator

Governmental/non-Governmental

  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Social Justice Advocate
  • Consumer Rights Advocate
  • Diplomat/Foreign Service Worker
  • Intelligence Agent
  • Policy Planner/Analyst
  • Democratization and Development Analyst

Environmental and Health

  • Sustainability Researcher and Planner
  • Global Climate Change Researcher and Advocate
  • Healthcare Worker/Provider
  • International Human Resources Specialist/Social Worker
  • Strategic Planning Consultant
  • Emergency Planning and Preparedness Analyst

Communications

  • Global Technologies Engineer
  • International Correspondent
  • International Relations Director
  • Media Consultant
  • International Editor/Media Specialist
  • Public Relations Analyst/Director
  • International Marketer
This is an interdisciplinary program. Please see individual department web pages for list of faculty