Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to enhance student knowledge and understanding of global processes and their implications for societies, markets, governments, cultures, and environments around the world. The program also introduces students to the study of global issues and perspectives while providing the methodological tools and techniques necessary to analyze them at multiple (local, regional, and international) levels. An understanding of the world’s social, economic, political, cultural, and natural systems and their growing interdependence will not only enable students to think globally, but prepare them to live, work, and participate in an increasingly globalized world as well. The goal of the Global Studies Program at Saddleback College is to prepare students for further work in international studies and world affairs through the study of other cultures, social, economic, and political systems, world history and geography. The program is designed to encourage students to think beyond local perspectives and to think globally. Students will learn how to relate their knowledge of a particular part of the world to be larger trends and issues that affect the international community as a whole. Students who earn an associate degree this degree transfer as Global Studies majors or into other related majors such as International Relations, Geography, or Political Science.
Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer degree will receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete this program will be able to:
- Learn contents and methods of global studies, across the fields of business/economics, history/politics, geography/environment, and society/culture.
- Learn skills essential to professional success, such as managing empirical information, writing syntheses, and composing oral and written papers based on evidence.
- Move beyond information and skills to achieve true professional understanding, emphasizing the interconnected character of human and environmental problems on a global scale and how multidisciplinary approaches must be used to solve them.
The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:
- Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
a. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
b. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must earn a “C” (or “P” Pass) or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
List A: Select five courses from at least four of the following areas (15 units)
Total Units for the Major: 21
*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.