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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA Transfer Global Studies

Program Description

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the processes of globalization and their impacts on societies, cultures, and environments around the world. The program provides the student with knowledge of critical issues that affect their lives and community, as well as the affairs of other cultures, societies, and nations. An understanding of the world’s social, political, economic, and natural systems and their increasing interdependence, along with an appreciation of the diversity of human culture, will supply the student with a strong background for working in a global economy, for living in a multicultural society, and for making intelligent decisions as global citizens.

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students to transfer into the California State University (CSU) system. Students who complete the degree will be ensured preferential transfer status into the CSU system for Global Studies majors and majors in the following related disciplines: Global Politics, International Relations, International Studies, International Relations and Comparative Government. Other majors that may accept this degree include: African American Studies, Anthropology, Behavioral Science, Chinese, Communication Studies, Creative Arts, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. with Global Studies Concentration, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Social Sciences B.A. with Concentration in International Studies, Sociology, Spanish (see a counselor for details). The degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many local CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific local CSUs and to validate which CSUs are considered local.

Learn more about the program on the Global Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to identify, analyze, and offer potential solutions to major global challenges from multiple perspectives and worldviews.

Students will be able to differentiate multiple perspectives on globalization.

Students will be able to explain how and why the environmental well-being of the world demands personal and collective responsibility.

Students will be able to explain the interconnectedness of global decisions and events.

Units Required

Major: 32-37

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the *Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) 49-58 units (full certification is required)
  • Core and suppport courses (32-37 units, of which 27.5 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Although it is possible to fulfill the requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer by completing the IGETC for UC pattern, admission to CSU requires completion of an Oral Communication course (IGETC Area 1C; CSU GE Area A-1); therefore, students who plan to transfer to CSU should complete this course as part of their GE or elective units.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Online Courses for Global Studies AAT

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses

GLST 1 Introduction to Global Studies
GLST 2 Global Issues

Support Courses (24-29 units)

Complete SIX courses from at least FOUR of the five areas

Area 1: Culture and Society
Cultural Anthropology
Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
World History from 750 CE to 1750 CE
and * HIST 3C
and World History from 1750 CE to Present
HIST 8 History of Latin America 4
Area 2: Geography
GEOG 1 Physical Geography 5
or GEOG 5
Introduction to Economic Geography 4
GEOG 2 Human Geography 4
GEOG 10 World Regional Geography 4
Area 3: Economics
ECON 1A Principles of Macroeconomics 5
ECON 1B Principles of Microeconomics 5
ECON 9 Political Economy 4
or ECON 9H Honors Political Economy 4
Area 4: Politcs
POLI 2 Comparative Government & Politics 4
or POLI 2H Honors Comparative Government & Politics 4
POLI 9 Political Economy 4
or POLI 9H Honors Political Economy 4
POLI 15 International Relations/World Politics 4
or POLI 15H Honors International Relations/World Politics 4
Area 5: Humanities
ART 2E ** A History of Women in Art 4.5
or HUMN 1
Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World 4
and HUMN 2
Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: Of Empires & Conflict 4
or HUMN 1H
Honors Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World 4
and HUMN 2
Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: Of Empires & Conflict 4
or PHIL 24 Comparative World Religions: East 4
and PHIL 25 Comparative World Religions: West 4
JAPN 4 Intermediate Japanese I 5
or SPAN 4 Intermediate Spanish I 5
JAPN 5 Intermediate Japanese II 5
or SPAN 5 Intermediate Spanish II 5
JAPN 6 Intermediate Japanese III 5
or SPAN 6 Intermediate Spanish III 5
Total Units


* Both courses must be completed to fulfill the requirement.

 ** If the student selects one of the pairs of courses, as an alternative to ART 2E, both courses must be completed to fulfill the requirement.

Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit  Associate Degree for Transfer-Global-Studies 2023-2024.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.