Global and International Studies, Associate of Arts (AA)
We live in a world that seems to become “smaller” at an accelerated pace. Rise in global trade, rapid advances in technology, unprecedented degrees of inter-cultural communication and international travel, a growing body of international law, the growing number of global non-state actors and the seriousness of many transnational problems have been creating an increasingly connected world. This process of globalization has transformed our planet, creating new opportunities and many new challenges. The mission of the Global and International Studies program is to enable students to understand how globalization continues to evolve, and to provide an academic background which prepares them for today’s many career fields that require a global perspective. Reflecting the complexity of today’s world, Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major. It integrates the following disciplines:
- History, allowing us to learn about the evolution of our global civilizations;
- Anthropology and Sociology, to study the evolution of societies, societal characteristics and changes;
- Communication, to study communication between cultures and nations;
- Philosophy, to help us understand fundamental concepts such as our values and the philosophy of religions;
- Political Science, to understand the role of nation-states, international organizations, international law and private organizations in the globalization process
- Economics and business to study the growth of trade and its effects
- Environmental Studies to explore the many ecological problems related to economic growth and the dramatic rise in global population.
- Foreign languages to help us understand other people and communicate more effectively across national barriers.
Combining these academic disciplines into one interdisciplinary, colorful major -- in order to understand the rapidly unfolding process of globalization -- is the objective of our program.
Associate Degree Graduation Requirements
Complete all of the following:
- All Department Requirements listed below with a “C” or better or “P” in each course (at least 20% of the department requirements must be completed through SBCC).
- One of the following three General Education options:
- A total of 60 degree-applicable units (SBCC courses numbered 100 and higher).
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all units attempted at SBCC.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all college units attempted.
- A minimum of 12 units through SBCC.
|Introduction to Global Studies
or POLS 121H
|International Politics, Honors
or POLS 131
|Complete three courses from the following Electives, from different disciplines: 1
|Introduction To Cultural Anthropology
|Comparative World Cultures
|History of Art, Renaissance to Modern
or ART 104H
|History Of Art, Renaissance To Modern, Honors
|History of Asian Art
|History of Women in Art
|Survey Of Tribal Arts
|Survey Of Non-Western Art
|Survey Of Islamic Art And Architecture
or ECON 101H
or ECON 102
or ECON 102H
|Introduction to International Business
|World Literature: 17th Century to Present
|Humans And The Biological Environment
|History of the U.S. Since 1865
or HIST 102H
|History Of The U.S. Since 1865, Honors
|History of Western Civilization
or HIST 113H
|History Of Western Civilization: 1600 To Present, Honors
|World Civilization, Beginnings to 1550
|World Civilization, 1550 to Present
|History of American Women
or HIST 110H
|History Of American Women (Honors)
|American Environmental History
|History of Latin America
|History Of Latin America: 1800'S To Modern Period
|History of the Modern Middle East
or PSY 150
|Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
or SOC 125
|Introduction to Statistics in Sociology
|Comparative World Religions
|International Politics 2
or POLS 121H
|International Politics, Honors
|International Organizations: Global and Regional Governance
|Comparative Politics 2
|Introduction To Sociology
or SOC 101H
|Introduction to Sociology, Honors
|Introduction To Social Research
or PSY 200
|Research Methods and Experimental Design in Psychology
Any foreign language courses offered at SBCC, i.e., language acquisition courses (101, 102, 103, 104, 150, 160)
It is highly recommended that students intending transfer select their courses in consultation with an academic counselor to ensure that they meet the requirements of four-year institutions.
POLS 121 or 121H or 131 may count toward the Electives requirement if not previously used to satisfy Core Requirements (listed above).
- Describe key developments in the ongoing process of globalization
- Analyze the concept of global interdependence with reference to various characteristics of globalization and to specific global problems
- Connect concepts related to political, economic, cultural and ecological globalization with events discussed in contemporary news
Make an appointment with your SBCC academic counselor through Starfish to create a Student Education Plan that reflects a recommended course sequence for this program that is tailored to your individual needs.