Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program whose mission is to provide students with knowledge about the world outside their own borders, so they are ready to engage in meaningful ways with an ever-changing global society. We ensure that students have the opportunities to develop the skills and experiences to succeed in a wide range of professions related to global and intercultural affairs (be it in an international or a domestic setting).
Foreign Diplomat/International Organization Worker (e.g., United Nations), Government Official/Elected Official, Intelligence Officers & Analysts, International Lawyer, International Business Position, Nonprofit Organization Staff Member focusing on international affairs (e.g. Amnesty International), Print/Broadcast Journalist, Analyst in International Development organizations (e.g , World Bank), Graduate Study in History, Political Science, International Affairs, and Education.
Global Studies has grown dramatically over the last decade, particularly after the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. 17 CSUs out of the 23 have a global studies component. There are 8 BA programs in Global Studies at the CSUs. There are also 3 B.A. programs in International Studies. These 3 BA programs do not have GLST/GBST prefix courses but are moving in that direction. Finally, there are 6 global studies tracks housed within other majors at the CSUs.
CSU B.A. Programs:
- San Bernardino: Global Studies major
- San Marcos: Global Studies major
- Monterey Bay: Global Studies major
- Channel Islands: Global Studies major
- San Jose State: Global Studies major
- Cal Maritime: Global Studies & Maritime Affairs major
- Sonoma State: Global Studies major
- East Bay: Global Studies major
- Long Beach: International Studies major
- San Diego: Comparative International Studies major
- Humboldt: International Studies major
CSU programs with GLST tracks in other majors:
- Fullerton: Global Studies track in Liberal Studies major
- Dominguez Hills: Global Studies concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies major
- Northridge: Global Studies pathway in General Education major
- Stanislaus: Global Studies concentration in Social Sciences major
- Chico: Minor in International Studies
For the most up-to-date information on these programs and others, visit assist.org. Please stop by the Transfer Center in Building 23 or make an appointment with a counselor if you have questions.
Global Competency Certificate of Achievement (39681)
Our increasingly interconnected and interdependent global society mandates that American students be educated to develop habits of the mind that embrace tolerance, a commitment to cooperation, an appreciation of our common humanity, and a sense of responsibility-key elements of global competence. This certificate of achievement is designed to enhance a student's global competency.
|POLS 110||Introduction to International Relations||3.0|
|POLS 112||Introduction to Comparative Government And Politics||3.0|
|POLS 113||Politics of Middle East and North Africa||3.0|
|Complete one course from the following:||3.0-5.0|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|Introduction to Cultural Geography|
|World History Since 1500|
|Latin American History From 1822|
|Model United Nations|
|Religions of the Middle East & the West|
|Fundamentals of Spanish 101A|
|Conversational Spanish I|
Global Studies Courses
Interdisciplinary examination of social, economic, and political change in a global context. Understanding of world views, cultural contexts, and key international institutions as well as the development of skills necessary to live and work in a cross-cultural setting will be stressed. Strong emphasis on learning the techniques necessary to access and analyze varied sources of information about globalization.
Lecture Hours: 54.00
Transfer: Transfers to CSU only
This course introduces students to the origins, current status, and future trends of major transnational issues confronting the global community. Topics can include population trends, economic development and inequality, basic human needs (for food, water health care), human rights, international conflict and security concerns, and environmental problems. The course also focuses on global governance, including the study of collective global responsibilities.
Lecture Hours: 54.00
Transfer: Transfers to CSU only
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are statements of the kind of learning a program hopes a student will achieve. The PLOs describe the knowledge, skills, problem-solving, communication and values that apply to all certificates and/or degrees within that program.
Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and critical thinking skills as related to political theory, institutional politics and political behavior.
- Analyze political and social issues within a wide variety of assigned formats.
- Recognize the relationships among political actors amongst the different levels of political systems and the political processes for policy development.
- Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and critical thinking skills as related to global affairs.
- Analyze global issues within a wide variety of assigned formats.