Liberal Arts AA – Global Studies Option

Code: AA.LA.GLOBAL.STUD

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program while earning credits toward their degree. It is recommended that students investigate this option early in their course selection.

The Associates in Liberal Arts with a Global Studies option is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary program that explores cultures, political systems, historical developments and economies to help students develop the knowledge, awareness and skills needed in an increasingly interdependent world.  This program is for students who intend to transfer to a 4-year International/Global Studies or liberal arts program.  Global Studies is an excellent path for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in International Relations, Public Policy, Communications, Education, Linguistics, Business, Law, and any of the Social Sciences or career fields that require a global perspective.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of world geography, current political events, and contemporary global issues.
  • Recognize the value of the language, religion, art, and philosophy of different cultures.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a relevant language other than one’s own.
  • Experience life in another country through a study abroad experience.

Recommended semester sequence

First Semester

LAN Language Elective* 3
HIS History Elective** 3
MAT Mathematics Elective**† 3-4
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

LAN Language Elective* 3
HIS History Elective** 3
MAT/CIS/INF Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective***† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective† 3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

SOC-101Sociology

3

ANT-101Cultural Anthropology

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

LAN  Language Elective* 3
LIT  Literature Elective‡ 3
PHR  Philosophy/Religion Elective‡‡ 3
  Natural Science Elective*** 4
POL-102International Relations

3

-or

POL-103Political Ideology

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

LAN  Language Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective*** 4
  Free Elective‡‡‡ 3
GEO-101World Geography

3

SOC-222Ethnic-Minor Group Relations

3

Total Credit Hours:16

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives**

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities

LAN  Language Electives* 6
PHR  Philosophy/Religion Elective‡‡ 3
Total Credit Hours:9

Social Sciences

POL-102International Relations

3

-or

POL-103Political Ideology

3

SOC-101Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics*** 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology*** 0-3
  Natural Science Electives*** 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Course:

ANT-101Cultural Anthropology

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

LAN  Language Electives* 6
LIT  Literature Elective‡ 3
GEO-101World Geography

3

SOC-222Ethnic-Minor Group Relations

3

Free Electives‡‡‡

Total Credit Hours:3-6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 65-66

Specific Program Notes

*World Language Electives: Any General Education LAN Level I or higher course. Students may take four semesters of the same language or two semesters each of two different languages

**Choose from HIS-101, HIS-102, HIS-106, HIS-107, HIS-121, HIS-124, HIS-126, HIS-131, HIS-135, or HIS-145.

***General Education Elective(s)

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

‡Choose from LIT-203, LIT-204, LIT-223, or LIT-224

‡‡Choose from PHR-106, PPR-121, PHR-124, PHR-125, or PHR-126.

‡‡‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another Language (LAN) course.