ADT in Global Studies

The Global Studies degree program explores world culture, development, inequality, social justice movements and environmental issues facing human populations. The program focuses on elements of modern globalization and international geography and incorporates courses from history, political sciences, environmental sciences and humanities. This program is unique and provides students a holistic and scientific approach to global awareness and prepares students to transfer to the California State University system in majors such as global studies, global politics, international relations, international studies, or international relations and comparative government.

Students who complete this degree will be guaranteed admission with junior status to the California State University system, though not to a specific campus or major, and will be given priority admission to our local CSU campus.

A.S.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Global Studies A.A.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to contextualize contemporary world issues facing human populations and develop and understanding of inequality, conflict and environmental sustainability.
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge of geographic and cultural causes for the major global issues of social inequality, conflict and environmental sustainability at the individual, group, and cultural levels.
  3. Demonstrate a global awareness and appreciation of cultural and environmental diversity and evaluate strategy for global solutions and alternative energy resource development.
  4. Demonstrate tolerance and respect for alternative cultural perspectives as an approach to resolving major global issues.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
GEOG 103Introduction to Global Studies3
GEOG 105Global Issues3
Select five (5) courses from at least four (4) of the following areas:
Culture and Society
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Cultural Geography3
World Regional Geography3
Physical Geography3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors
Principles of Microeconomics3
Political Science
International Relations3
Introduction to World Literature: Ancient - Early Modern3
Introduction to World Literature: 1600's through Twentieth Century3
Total Units21

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Co-requisite MATH course (2 units) and/or substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
GEOG 103 Introduction to Global Studies 3
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
COUN 145
Career/Life Planning
or Strategies for College Success
or Fitness for Life
or Health and Wellness in Society
or Health and Wellness in Society - Honors
or Introduction to Nutrition
MATH 165
Introductory Statistics
or Introductory Statistics - Honors
Winter Term 1
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
Spring Term 1
GEOG 105 Global Issues 3
POLI 116 International Relations 3
ENGL 103
Composition and Critical Thinking
or Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking - Honors
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
or Public Address
or Public Address - Honors
or Small Group Communication
Summer Term 1
POLI 103
American Government and Politics
or American Government and Politics - Honors
Fall Term 2
ANTH 212 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH 212L Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab 1
ANTH 210
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
or Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
ECON 101
Principles of Macroeconomics
or Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors
GEOG 102
Cultural Geography
or World Regional Geography
Winter Term 2
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
Spring Term 2
GEOG 118 Physical Geography 3
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of Women in the United States
ENGL 271
Introduction to World Literature: Ancient - Early Modern
or Introduction to World Literature: 1600's through Twentieth Century
ECON 102
Principles of Microeconomics
or Map Interpretation and Analysis
or The World in Conflict - The 20th Century, a History
 Total Units60

 Note: Course selections may affect total unit value.  

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


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