Global Studies

Humanities & Social Sciences

Degree awarded: Associate in Arts

Program Narrative

To meet the need for graduates who are able to function effectively in an interconnected society, the Global Studies program offers a liberal arts education, focused on international relations, area studies, and/or the environment, with a choice of cultural experiences and languages. The program will serve students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution as well as students who wish to work in local businesses with a global reach, or government agencies and non-profit organizations serving diverse populations from other countries.

Graduates of the program will be exposed to a wide diversity of knowledge, be asked to do practical thinking and problem-solving, and offered opportunities to explore global challenges and changes through international trips and exchanges.

Program Features

Foundational courses in communication, statistics, science, and political science will be complemented with courses in cultural anthropology and world geography. Contextual courses will help the student begin to build competency in the environment, or political science, or area studies, and their elective and language choices will allow them to further specialize in a region or culture. Study Abroad spring break courses, while not explicitly included in the course of study, are an advantageous complement to the core and directed studies.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will

  • Model the characteristics of an active, ethically aware and connected citizen.
  • Articulate how the diverse range of human differences influence the historical and current formation of artistic, economic, social, scientific, cultural or political institutions.
  • Articulate how the range of human differences influence each individual’s experience of equality and inequality within a society, its institutions, or its cultures.
  • Analyze how individuals and institutions have addressed persistent global challenges.
  • Assess and evaluate plans to address open-ended and diverse global problems.

Transfer Possibilities

Lehigh University - Global Studies
Temple University - Global Studies
Drexel University - Global Studies
Penn State University - Global Studies
Cedar Crest College - Global Studies
Muhlenberg College - International Studies
Albright College - International Relations
Dickinson College - International Studies
Kutztown University - International Studies Minor
East Stroudsburg University - International Relations w/in Political Science

Global Studies

Degree awarded: Associate in Arts

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 English I 3
GLBL 130 Introduction to Global Studies 3
PHIL 121 or ARTA 101 World Religions or Art History Survey 3
SOCA 103 Principles of Sociology 3
  Second Semester  
ENGL 151L English II (Literature) 3
GEOG 101 World Geography 3
MATH 150 Introductory Statistics 3
MDLA ___ MDLA Elective + 3
SOCA 102G Cultural Anthropology (Writing Intensive) 3
  Summer Semester  
  Summer Study Abroad or
Field Experience & Academic Research in Global Studies ++
  Third Semester  
BIOS126  or GEOG 210 Environmental Science or Weather and Climate 4
CISC 101 Introduction to Computers 3
CMTH 215 Intercultural Communication 3
MDLA ___ MDLA Elective + 3
______ Directed Elective +++ 3
  Fourth Semester  
GLBL 230 Global Studies Capstone 3
______ Directed Elective +++ 3
______ Directed Elective +++ 3
______ Science Elective (SCI) 3/4
  Total Credits 61/62
  • One Directed Elective must be completed in a Writing Intensive (WI) section

+ The student is recommended to take a language elective before the summer semester abroad. 6 credits of the same language are required.

++ Not all study abroad courses may run every summer. Options include: INTS 200 (for a total of 3 cr), INTS201, INTS202, INTS250, POLS 150, POLS 170, GLBL 160, SOCA 268

+++ Directed Electives include the following choices in political science, environmental studies, and area studies:
BUSA 115 International Business
ECON 201 Macroeconomics
ECON 251G Microeconomics
ENGL 215G Multicultural Adolescent Literature
ENGL 250G Latin American Literature
ENGL 260G Contemporary Literature
ENGL 264G Irish Literature
ENGL 265G African American Literature
GEOG 121 Environmental Sustainability
GEOG 140 Investigating Climate Change
GEOG 271 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
HIST 123 African Civilizations
HIST 140 History of Modern China
HIST 167 Vietnam
HIST 168G History of the Middle East
HIST 173G Modern European History
HUMA 140G Intro to Women and Gender Studies
HUMA 150 The Nature of the Environment
HUMA 250G Research Methods in the Social Sciences
PHIL 204 Asian Philosophies
POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science
POLS 202 International Relations
POLS 205 Women and Politics
SOCA 160 Issues in Contemporary Genocide and Mass Violence
SOCA 268  Independent Study in Ecuador