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Global Studies for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer (AA-T) degree will fulfill the mission of both Grossmont College and the community college system by providing a specific group of baccalaureate-level courses that will meet lower division degree requirements in the discipline and allow for seamless transfer to the California State University system to major in Global Studies or a related major.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Recognize the interdependence and interconnectedness of elements of the physical, social, political, and cultural environments that comprise the human landscape.
  2. Recognize and analyze historical and emerging trends in globalization along with their global, national, regional, and local consequences.
  3. Identify and explain recurring, emerging, and contemporary global issues and the significance of their geographical distribution.
  4. Utilize multi-disciplinary knowledge to develop perspectives that promote global citizenry.

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer (AA-T) Degree is designed to facilitate transfer to a California State University in keeping with SB 1440. A total of 21-25 units are required to fulfill the major portion of this degree. Students must also complete the California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (see the “General Education Requirements and Transfer Information” section of the catalog). Students should speak with a counselor to verify that the requirements for this degree have been met. In addition, students planning to transfer to SDSU should consult with a counselor.

Global Studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary program designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the processes of globalization and their impacts on societies, cultures, and environments around the world. The Global Studies program provides the student with knowledge of critical issues that affect their lives and community, as well as the affairs of other cultures, societies, and nations. An understanding of the world’s social, political, economic, and natural systems and their increasing interdependence, along with an appreciation of the diversity of human culture, will supply the student with a strong background for working in a global economy, for living in a multicultural society, and for making intelligent decisions as global citizens.

The following requirements must be met to be awarded an Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer (AA-T) Degree:

  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 Requirement.
    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. Students are also required to earn a “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
GEOG-100Introduction to Global Studies3
GEOG-101Global Issues3
List A
Select five (5) courses from at least four (4) of the following areas:15-19
Area 1: Culture and Society
Cultural Anthropology
Modern World History
Area 2: Geography
World Regional Geography
Physical Geography: Earth Systems
Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape
Area 3: Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Area 4: Politics
Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
Introduction to International Relations
Area 5: Humanities
Early World History
Spanish III
Spanish IV
Units for the major21-25
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC)37-39
Total Units60

Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area 1C: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.