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Global Studies, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AAT_GLBL
Control number: 35525
Financial aid: Eligible 

Globalization has impacted all of our lives.  Our world is changing at an ever increasing pace.  The rise in international trade, technological advancement, international travel and cross-cultural conflict create new challenges and opportunities requiring a global perspective.  The process of globalization has not only made our world seem smaller but has also transformed all aspects of our lives.  As part of the global community, we continue to experience a growing sense of inter-connectedness that defies geographical boundaries.

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies Transfer - Area of Emphasis program at Golden West College draws on insights from across disciplines to provide students with a comprehensive study of the history and fundamental dynamics of globalization.  This interdisciplinary program uses an outcomes-oriented approach so that students develop the skills and attitudes to function as global citizens.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Students will examine the continual evolution of globalization and its consequences.
  2. Students will compare distinctive forms of political, social, and economic organizations within the context of the historical evolution of globalization.
  3. Students will explain the interconnectedness of the economic, political, environmental and sociocultural forces of globalization.
  4. Students will develop and utilize a multi-cultural perspective with which to analyze the complexities of global issues.
  5. Students will propose policies and demonstrate the willingness to engage in the implementation of solutions that would affect global change.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses – Core
PSCI G105Introduction to Global Studies3
PSCI G205Global Issues3
List A
Select five courses from at least four of the following areas:15-17
Area 1. Culture and Society
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
HIST G162World History 23
Area 2. Geography
GEOG G185Human Geography3
GEOG G100World Regional Geography3
GEOG G180Physical Geography3
Area 3. Economics
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
Area 4. Politics
PSCI G110International Relations3
PSCI G185Comparative Politics3
Area 5: Humanities
ENGL G160Masterpieces of World Literature I (From Antiquity to the Mid-17th Century)3
ENGL G161Masterpieces of World Literature II (From the Mid-17th Century to the Present)3
SPAN G280Intermediate Spanish 14
SPAN G285Intermediate Spanish 24
VIET G280Intermediate Vietnamese 14
VIET G285Intermediate Vietnamese 24
Major Total21-23
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double counted9-18
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)7-20
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

In order to complete the Major requirements for the AAT in Global Studies, studies must select 5 courses from at least 4 of the following areas: Culture and Society, Geography, Economics, Politics, Humanities.

Course Title Units
Culture and Society 3
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
or HIST G162 World History 2
Geography3
GEOG G100World Regional Geography3
GEOG G180Physical Geography3
GEOG G185Human Geography3
Economics3
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
Politics3
PSCI G110International Relations3
PSCI G185Comparative Politics3
Humanities3-4
ENGL G160Masterpieces of World Literature I (From Antiquity to the Mid-17th Century)3
ENGL G161Masterpieces of World Literature II (From the Mid-17th Century to the Present)3
SPAN G280Intermediate Spanish 14
SPAN G285Intermediate Spanish 24
VIET G280Intermediate Vietnamese 14
VIET G285Intermediate Vietnamese 24

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
PSCI G105Introduction to Global Studies3
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area A1: Oral communication course3
Select one of the following:
ECON G110Economic Issues and Policy3
ECON G130Environmental Economics and Policy3
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
Choose 1 Global Studies Major course from 1 of the 5 areas3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
PHIL G115Logic and Critical Thinking (or Area A3: Critical Thinking course)3-4
Area B4: Mathematics course3-4
Area C1: Arts course3
Units15-17

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
PSCI G205Global Issues3
Choose 1 Global Studies Major courses from 1 of the 5 areas3-4
Area B1: Physical Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area C: Arts & Humanities course (if not previously satisfied with Global Studies major course)3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
Units15-17
Course Title Units
Semester 4
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Choose 2 Global Studies Major courses from 2 of the 5 areas6-8
Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course (if not already satisfied with course work)3
CSU Transferable elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units3
Units15-18
Total minimum units required60