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Las Positas College is an inclusive, learning-centered, equity-focused environment that offers educational opportunities and support for completion of students' transfer, degree, and career-technical goals while promoting lifelong learning.

Global Studies Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)

About the Program

The Global Studies in Associate in Arts for Transfer degree provides the student with the skills to navigate today’s globalized world, where people of different cultures, nations, and world views are coming into contact more than ever before. The major will help students recognize and respond to this cultural interconnectedness through courses devoted to the study of cultures and societies, economic and political systems, geography, and language. Students will develop the skills of balancing personal and cultural beliefs with different ways of thinking, understanding and working through conflict, and increasing their comfort with cross-cultural interaction in their communities, work relationships, civic life, and travel experiences. Understanding the global dimensions of societal developments and challenges will boost students’ critical thinking skills and make them valuable assets to future employers. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Transfer in Global Studies degree receive a guarantee of admission with junior status into the California State University System.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the interdisciplinary education provided by the Global Studies AA-T coursework will be well prepared to work in diverse settings close to home and abroad. Global Studies majors go into a variety of fields, including politics, government, law, international business, academics, advocacy, journalism, publishing, the arts, research, and much more.

Program Outcomes

  • Upon completion of an AA-T in Global Studies, students are able to apply cross-cultural, transnational, and global awareness to analysis of conflicts and challenges involving race, gender, human rights, cultural differences, and economic development.
  • Upon completion of an AA-T in Global Studies, students are able to assess the benefits and costs of globalization to various classes, regions, nations, and ethnic groups across the globe.
  • Upon completion of an AA-T in Global Studies, students are able to demonstrate knowledge of world's cultures, languages, art, geography, climate, social and political systems.
  • Upon completion of an AA-T in Global Studies, students are able to use social scientific and humanist modes of analysis to relate and differentiate between cultures.

Completion 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 CA 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.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT’s) also require that students must earn a "C " (or "P'') or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Required Core: (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
GS 1 Introduction to Global Studies 3
SOC 5 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GS 2 Global Political, Economic, and Cultural Globalization 3

List A: Select Five Courses from at least Four of the Following Areas (15-19 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
Area 1: Culture and Society    
ANTR 3 Cultural Anthropology 3
HIST 2 Western Civilization since 1600 3
HIST 4 World History since 1500 3
Area 2: Geography    
GEOG 1 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
GEOG 2 Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 5 World Regional Geography 3
Area 3: Economics    
ECON 2 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Area 4: Politics    
POLI 20 Comparative Government 3
POLI 25 Introduction to Political Theory 3
POLI 30 International Relations 3
Area 5: Humanities    
ENG 41 Modern World Literature 3
RELS 1 Religions of the World 3
SPAN 2A Intermediate Spanish I 4
SPAN 2B Intermediate Spanish II 4
SPAN 21 Spanish for Spanish Speakers I 5
SPAN 22 Spanish for Spanish Speakers II 5

Total Units for the Major: 21-25

Additional General Education and Elective Units: 35-39

Total Units: 60

See the Las Positas College California State University General Education-Breadth or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for a listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program and the optional course(s) taken. Elective units are CSU transferable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.