Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies promotes an understanding of globalization and its impact on human and physical landscapes.  Geography serves as the foundational disciplinary lens through which globalization is studied and other disciplinary perspectives supplement this greater understanding of the global system.  As globalization has (re)created the spaces and places of the world, it is vital for students to understand the spatial dimension of globalization and its impact on individuals and communities around the world.  Students will gain a better understanding how the social, political and economic realms of human life have been impacted by globalization.  The program also explores how the interaction between the environment and humans has been and continues to be impacted by globalization.

Requirements (38 to 41 units)

Total units required for graduation: 120

Requirements for the B.A. in Global Studies

(Program Code: GLST)

Lower Division Core Requirements (12)
GEOG 1010Introduction to Human Geography3
GEOG 1650World Regions and Peoples3
GEOG 2200Introduction to Global Studies3
GEOG 2201Issues in the Global System3
Upper Division Core Requirements (12)
Economics and Globalization
ECON 3105Political Economy3
Politics and Globalization
PSCI 4000International Politics3
Social/Cultural Issues and Globalization
ANTH 3610Cultural Entanglements and the Global Economy3
Sustainability and Globalization
GEOG 3501Environmental Sustainability 3
Focus Areas - Upper-Division Electives (9-12)
Students are required to select one of the focus areas below and take a minimum of 3 courses from that focus area. The focus areas are: Political-Economics Focus; Social-Cultural Focus; Sustainability Focus; Spatial Analysis Focus; and Regional Studies Focus.9-12
Political-Economics Focus (9 units)
Business and Asian Culture
Global Cities and Urban Environment
Economic Geography
Political Geography
Emerging Topics in Human Geography
Emerging Topics in Environmental Studies
Emerging Topics in Global Studies
Global Governance and the United Nations System
Philosophy in the World
International Law
International Organization
Global Issues and Perspectives
Global Issues and Perspectives
Social-Cultural Focus (9 units)
Global Cinema
Social Geography
Cultural Geography
Emerging Topics in Human Geography
Emerging Topics in Global Studies
Global Cities and Urban Environment
Globalization and Identity
Global Issues and Perspectives
Global Issues and Perspectives
Sustainability Focus (9 units)
Environmental Anthropology
Conservation and Natural Resources
Emerging Topics in Environmental Studies
Emerging Topics in Global Studies
The Politics of Environment
Global Issues and Perspectives
Global Issues and Perspectives
Spatial Analysis Focus (12 units)
Students selecting this Focus must take:
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography
Students selecting this Focus must take 8 additional units from the following list:
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Geo-Spatial Analysis
Emerging Topics in GIS and Spatial Techniques
Web GIS
GIS and Socio-Economic Applications
Environmental GIS
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Regional Studies Focus (9 units)
Geographies of Identity: Francophone Cultures in Context
Voices & Visions from the Francophone World
Global Cities and Urban Environment
Emerging Topics in Human Geography
Geography of California
US-Mexico Border Region
Emerging World Regions
Advanced World Regions
Classical Islamic Civilization
Modern Middle East
History of Modern Mexico
Western Political Systems
African Politics
East European Political Systems
East Asian Politics
Latin American Politics
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Culminating Experience - Upper-Division Electives (5)
GEOG 5000Senior Seminar2
Three units chosen from the following 5000 level courses:3
Professional Conferences
Professional Conferences
Field Experience
Field Experience
Internship in Geography
Internship in Geography
Internship in Geography
Model United Nations Practicum (Fall Semester MUN Team)
Model United Nations Practicum (Spring Semester MUN Team)
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Study Away
Study Away
Study Away
Service Learning in Geography, Global Studies and Environmental Studies
Service Learning in Geography, Global Studies and Environmental Studies
Service Learning in Geography, Global Studies and Environmental Studies
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
Senior Honors Project - Global Studies
Total Units38-41