Global communications


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.

Social Sciences Division

Dr. Robyn Brammer, Dean

For more information contact:
Ann Yarchin

Division Coordinator
714-892-7711 x58125

Global Studies Certificate Of Achievement

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

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

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 – Cultural 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

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

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GEOLOGY G105 – 3 Units
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General Geology
This is a course designed specifically for non-science majors desiring a three unit non-laboratory survey course in geology. Including an introduction the Scientific Method and how it applies to natural processes on Earth. Content includes coverage of both the physical and historical aspects of geology with emphasis on recent discoveries of plate tectonics. Students will study topics from physical geology such as minerals, rock classification, surface processes, structure and interior processes responsible for landform development. This course will also cover historical topics such as the geologic time scale, fossil record, Earth’s history and evolution of life from marine organisms to land plants and animals. UC credit limitations: No credit if taken after Geology G110. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

GEOLOGY G106 – 4 Units
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Earth Science for Teachers
This lecture/laboratory study of introductory Earth Science includes physical and historical geology, physical oceanography, and meteorology, planetary science and astronomy. The Scientific Method will be employed in relation to Earth Science. The subjects covered are part of the state of California science standards for K-12 classes. Emphasis will be placed on how these topics should be addressed by teachers within the California Science Framework. A field trip will be required. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC. Offered fall semester only.

GEOLOGY G110 – 4 Units
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Physical Geology
(Formerly known as: Geology G100)
An introductory survey of physical geology and the scientific method. This course includes the internal and surface processes responsible for shaping the Earth and formation of natural resources and geologic landscapes. Past and present geologic processes such as mountain building, climate change, and the evolution of life in the fossil record will be covered. Resource extraction, identification of minerals and rocks with the natural processes are covered in lecture and laboratory work. Recognition of geologic hazards both natural and human caused. Utilizing Geographical Information Systems (GIS), maps, digital satellite images are included in laboratory work. C-ID GEOL 101 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

GEOLOGY G120 – 4 Units
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Historical Geology
Advisories: Completion of a high school or college level course in general geology, geology for non-science majors, or geology for teachers. Students who completed high school geology should have done so within the past two years. This course utilizes the scientific method to understand the geologic and biological evolution of the Earth over geologic time. The tectonic process responsible for mountain building will be used to study the evolution of life and climate cycles, which resulted in diverse geologic and biological settings. The geologic time scale will be employed to understand the stratigraphic sequence of sedimentary rocks and the fossil sequences in rocks . The lab portion will be used to identify mineral, rocks and fossils as they relate the fauna of the geologic and climate setting of the period. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC. Offered spring semester only.

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