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Associate Degree for Transfer-Global Studies 2019-2020


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.

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: 90

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 General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
-Core and support courses (32-37 units, of which 24-33 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
-Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

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.

*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.

Core Courses (8 units)

GLST 1 Introduction to Global Studies (4 units)
GLST 2 Global Issues (4 units)

Support Courses (24-29 units)

List A:
Complete SIX courses from at least four of the five areas:
Area 1: Culture and Society
ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology (4 units)
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology (4 units)
HIST 8 History of Latin America (4 units)

Area 2: Geography
GEOG 1 Physical Geography (5 units)
or GEOG 5 Introduction to Economic Geography (4 units)
GEOG 2 Human Geography (4 units)
GEOG 10 World Regional Geography (4 units)

Area 3: Economics
ECON 1A Principles of Macroeconomics (5 units)
ECON 1B Principles of Microeconomics (5 units)
ECON 9 Political Economy (4 units)
or ECON 9H Honors Political Economy (4 units)

Area 4: Politics
POLI 2 Comparative Government & Politics (4 units)
or POLI 2H Honors Comparative Government & Politics (4 units)
POLI 9 Political Economy (4 units)
or POLI 9H Honors Political Economy (4 units)
POLI 15 International Relations/World Politics (4 units)
or POLI 15H Honors International Relations/World Politics (4 units)

Area 5: Humanities
ART 2E A History of Women in Art (4.5 units)
or HUMN 1 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World (4 units) and* HUMN 2 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: Of Empires & Conflict (4 units)
or PHIL 24 Comparative World Religions: East (4 units) and* PHIL 25 Comparative World Religions: West (4 units)
ENGL 47A World Literature I (5 units)
or ENGL 47AH Honors World Literature I (5 units)
ENGL 47B World Literature II (5 units)
or ENGL 47BH Honors World Literature II (5 units)
JAPN 4 Intermediate Japanese I (5 units)
or SPAN 4 Intermediate Spanish I (5 units)
JAPN 5 Intermediate Japanese II (5 units)
or SPAN 5 Intermediate Spanish II (5 units)
JAPN 6 Intermediate Japanese III (5 units)
or SPAN 6 Intermediate Spanish III (5 units)
* Both courses must be completed to fulfill the requirement.

Control Information:
2019-2020 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2019-04-26 09:27:50 | Dept Code: SOSC

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