Interested in learning about the world’s social, economic, political, cultural, and natural systems and their growing interdependence? Global studies will not only enable students to think globally, but prepare them to live, work, and participate in an increasingly globalized world.

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Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to enhance student knowledge and understanding of global processes and their implications for societies, markets, governments, cultures, and environments around the world. The program introduces students to the study of global issues and perspectives while providing the methodological tools and techniques necessary to analyze them at local, national and international levels. The program is designed to encourage students to think beyond local perspectives and promote global awareness. Students will learn how to relate their knowledge of a particular part of the world to the larger trends and issues that affect the international community as a whole.

Program Length

Four semesters.

Transfer Options

The program prepares students to transfer to a California State University, University of California or other private university to pursue a bachelor degree in global studies, international relation or international studies. 

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan.  Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 3AAnalytic Geometry and Calculus I2A & Major5
GLBL 1Introduction to Global Studies (Fall Only)4 & Major3
PS 21Model United Nations (Recommended extra-curricular, can only be taken once for credit but can be repeated with credit)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 2 - Critical Thinking 1B4
GLBL 2Introduction to Global Issues (Spring Only)4 & Major3
Foreign LanguageForeign Language Course - 1st Semester3B5
Arts Arts GE Course3A3
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
Foreign LanguageForeign Language Course - 2nd Semester3B5
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC GE Area/MajorUnits
PS 12 or PS 14Comparative Politics or International Relations43
PS 5, 17 or 41PS Course in Middle East, Latin American, or East Asia 3B or 43
Biologicial ScienceBiologicial Science Course5B3
Biologicial Science LabBiologicial Science Lab Course5C1
Foreign LanguageForeign Language Course - 3nd Semester3B5
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC GE Area/MajorUnits
PS 12 or PS 14Comparative Politics or International Relations43
ECON 13Global Economics (Spring Only)43
Foreign LanguageForeign Language Course - 4th Semester3B5
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
  1. This sample academic plan assumes that student is eligible for Math 3A in the first semester.
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE AREA/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
MATH 10 or PSYC 10*Introduction to Statistics or Statistical MethodsB4 & Major3
GLBL 1Introduction to Global Studies (Fall Only)D & Major3
Learning & Self DevLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
PS 21Model United Nations (Recommended extra-curricular, can only be taken once for credit but can be repeated with credit)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
GLBL 2Introduction to Global Issues (Spring Only)D & Major3
PS 14International RelationsD & Major3
ECON 1Principles of Economics - MacroMajor3
PS 21Model United Nations (Recommended extra-curricular, can only be taken once for credit but can be repeated with credit)0
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
PS 12Comparative PoliticsD & Major3
ECON 1Principles of EconomicsMajor3
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseC23
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
ArtsArts GE Course C13
PS 21Model United Nations (Recommended extra-curricular, can only be taken once for credit but can be repeated with credit)0
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
GLBL MajorGlobal Studies AA-T Major Course from List A: Area 1, 2 or 5Major3
PS 1American GovernmentD3
HUM 1Introduction to HumanitiesC23
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
GEOG 3World Regional GeographyD3
PS 21Model United Nations (Recommended extra-curricular, can only be taken once for credit but can be repeated with credit)0
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.  
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10 or PSYCH 10*Introduction to Statistics or Statistical Methods23
GLBL 1Introduction to Global Studies (Fall Only)4 & Major3
PS 21Model United NationsMajor3
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking1C3-4
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
GLBL 2Introduction to Global Issues (Spring Only)5 & Major3
PS 14International Relations4 & Major3
Fine ArtsFine Arts and Languages GE Course73
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
ANTH 2 or GEOG 3Cultural Anthropology or World Regional Geography4 & Major3
ECON 2Principles of Economics4 & Major3
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C1-3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
PS 12Comparative Politics4 & Major3
ECON 13Global Economics4 & Major3
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course63
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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