Global communications

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.

Social Sciences Division

Dr. Robyn Brammer, Dean

For more information contact:
Ann Yarchin

Division Coordinator
ayarchin@gwc.cccd.edu
714-892-7711 x58125

Associate in Arts degree in Global Studies for Transfer (Area of Emphasis)

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Associate in Arts degree in Global Studies for Transfer (Area of Emphasis)

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:

  • Students will examine the continual evolution of globalization and its consequences.
  • Students will compare distinctive forms of political, social, and economic organizations within the context of the   historical evolution of globalization.
  • Students will explain the interconnectedness of the economic, political, environmental and sociocultural forces of globalization.
  • Students will develop and utilize a multi-cultural perspective with which to analyze the complexities of global issues.
  • 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)
Political Science G105 — Introduction to Global Studies – 3 Units
Political Science G205 — Global Problems and Issues – 3 Units

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

Area 1. Culture and Society –
Anthropology G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 Units
History G162 – World History II – 3 Units

Area 2.  Geography –
Geography G185 – Cultural Geography – 3 Units
Geography G100 – World Regional Geography – 3 Units
Geography G180 – Physical Geography – 3 Units

Area 3. Economics –
Economics G170 — Principles of Micro Economics – 3 Units
Economics G175 — Principles of Macro Economics – 3 Units

Area 4. Politics –
Political Science G110 – International Relations – 3 Units
Political Science G185 – Comparative Politics – 3 Units

Area 5. Humanities
English G160 – Masterpieces of World Lit through the Renaissance – 3 Units
OR
English G160H – Masterpieces of World Lit through the Renaissance Honors – 3 Units

English G161 – Masterpieces of World Lit since the Renaissance – 3 Units
OR
English G161H – Masterpieces of World Lit since the Renaissance Honors – 3 Units

Spanish G280 – Intermediate Spanish 1 – 4 Units
Spanish G285 – Intermediate Spanish 2 – 4 Units

Vietnamese G285 – Intermediate Vietnamese 2 – 4 Units

Units: 21-23 units


Semester at a glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Global Studies for transfer

Semester 1
PSCI 105 (Core) – 3 units

1-2 courses from List A – 3-8 units

General Education – TBD
English G100/G100H Freshman Composition – 4 units

Semester 2
1-3 courses from List A – 3-11 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
1-3 courses from List A – 3-11 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
PSCI 205 (Core) – 3 units

1 course if needed from List A – 0-4 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 21-23 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double counted: 9-15 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60) 7-17 units
Degree Total Units (minimum) – 60 units

List A: select 5 courses, at least one from 4 of the 5 following areas (minimum 15 units):

Culture and Society
ANTH G100 Introduction To Cultural Anthropology – 3 units

ANTH G185 Physical Anthropology- 3 units
and
ANTH G185L Physical Anthropology Lab – 1 unit

HIST G162 World History 2 – 3 units

Geography
GEOG G100 World Regional Geography – 3 units

GEOG G180 Introduction To Geography: Physical Geography – 3 units
and
GEOG G180L Physical Geography Laboratory – 1 unit

GEOG G185 Cultural Geography – 3 units

Economics
ECON G170 Principles of Micro Economics – 3 units
ECON G175 Principles of Macro Economics – 3 units

Politics
PSCI G110 International Relations – 3 units
PSCI G185 Comparative Politics units – 3 units

Humanities
SPAN G280 Intermediate Spanish 1 – 4 units
or
SPAN G285 Intermediate Spanish 2 – 4 units
VIET G280 Intermediate Vietnamese 1 – 4 units
or
VIET G285 Intermediate Vietnamese 2 – 4 units
HIST G120 Asian Civilizations – 3 units
HIST G135 History of Britain and Ireland II – 3 units
HIST G150 History of Latin America – 3 units
HIST G136 Ancient Civilizations Of Mesoamerican And The Southwest – 3 units
or
ANTH G136 Ancient Civilizations Of Mesoamerica And The Southwest – 3 units
HIST G185 Western Civilization 2 – 3 units
or
HIST G185H Western Civilization 2, Honors – 3 units
ENGL G161 Masterpieces of World Literature Since the Renaissance – 3 units
or
ENGL G161H Masterpieces of World Literature Since the Renaissance, Honors – 3 units
ANTH G135 Vietnamese Culture – 3 units

Global Studies Certificate Of Achievement

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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:

  • Articulate an understanding of her/his culture in global and comparative context.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of global issues, processes, trends and systems.
  • Interpret issues and situations from more than one perspective.
  • Use diverse global perspectives and frames of reference to think critically and solve problems.
Required courses

Core
Political Science G105 – Introduction to Global Studies – 3 Units
Political Science G205 – Global Issues (CAPSTONE course) – 3 Units

Group A: Choose one course from the following: 3 Units
Culture and Society –
Anthropology G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 Units
Anthropology G190 – Introduction to Linguistics – 3 Units
Geography G185 – Human Geography – 3 Units
Geography G100 – World Regional Geography – 3 Units
History G162 – World History 2 – 3 Units
History G185 – Western Civilization 2 – 3 Units
Sociology G100 – Sociology, Introduction – 3 Units

Governance and Conflict
Peace Studies G100 – Peace Studies, Introduction – 3 Units
Philosophy G150/Political Science G150 – Political Philosophy – 3 Units
Political Science G110 – International Relations – 3 Units
Political Science G185 – Comparative Politics – 3 Units

Markets
Economics G170 — Principles of Micro Economics – 3 Units
Economics G175 — Principles of Macro Economics – 3 Units

Group B: Choose one course from the following: 3-4 Units
Anthropology G185 – Physical Anthropology – 3 Units
Anthropology G130 – Intro to Archeology – 3 Units
Environmental Studies G142 – Culture and Zero Waste – 3 Units
Geography G180 – Intro to Geography: Physical Geography – 3 Units
Art G103 – History of Asian Art – 3 Units
History G120 – Asian Civilizations – 3 Units
History G150 – History of Latin America – 3 Units
History G132 – History of Britain/Ireland I – 3 Units
History G135 – History of Britain/Ireland II – 3 Units
Philosophy G110 – Philosophy of the East – 3 Units
Philosophy G111 – Philosophy of Religion-Western – 3 Units
Spanish G280 or G285– Intermediate Spanish – 3 Units
Vietnamese G280 or G285 – Intermediate Level Vietnamese – 3 Units

Group C: Choose one course from the following: 3 Units
Economics G110 — Contemporary Economic Issues and Problems – 3 Units
Peace Studies G110– Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution – 3 Units
Political Science G120 – Principles of the United Nations – 3 Units
Sociology G185 – Analysis of Social Problems – 3 Units

Total: 15-16 units


Semester at a Glance

Semester 1
Political Science G105 – Intro to Global Studies – 3 Units

Semester 2
Political Science G205 – Global Issues – 3 Units
Group A Course – 3 Units

Semester 3
Group B Course – 3-4 units

Semester 4
Group C Course – 3-4 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