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  • Policy Number: SP.12.014
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By: Terry L. Ballman, Marie Fancois, Andrea Grove, Antonio F. Jimenez, Stephen Stratton
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
  • Approval Date:
  • Effective Date: Fall 2014
  • Supersedes:


This interdisciplinary program will provide students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the world and the major contemporary issues confronting humanity. Students in this major will obtain a deep understanding of global issues, processes, and systems and the various implications of globalization.

The proposed B.A. in Global Studies is deeply rooted in the University mission, which focuses on international perspectives, interdisciplinarity, multiculturalism and community engagement:

  • International perspectives are acquired throughout the program as students learn about global issues, processes, and systems as well as through the required study abroad and second language requirements built into the program.
  • The interdisciplinary pillar of the mission is represented in two ways: (1) Students are required to take upper division courses from three different discipline areas; and (2) The global issues discussed throughout the program are analyzed from a variety of worldviews and disciplines.
  • Knowing more about other peoples' cultures and ideas make students reflect on their own culture and values (multicultural perspectives).
  • Lastly, one of the goals of the program is to engage students as active citizens in the global society (service learning).

In addition, this program aligns perfectly with the Institutional Mission-Based Learning Outcomes, particularly the first one that indicates that “graduates will be able to identify and describe the modern world and issues facing societies from multiple perspectives including those within and across disciplines, cultures and nations (when appropriate).” This low-unit program allows student to seek the completion of a second major or to add other minors (for instance, Asian-Pacific Studies, Spanish, Chicana/o Studies, etc.).





Political Science program.






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