Program of Study
The Global Studies Program provides students with the opportunity to study international affairs from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Whether pursuing the major or the minor, students can choose from an approved list of courses from Anthropology, Communication, Economics, History, Liberal Studies, Literature and Writing, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Modern Language Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The program allows students to specialize in one of five geographic regions: the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, or Sub-Saharan Africa, and in two of five global issue areas: Foreign Policy, Global Conflict and Cooperation, International Law and Human Rights, Global Political Economy and Development, and Gender in Global Perspective.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a B.A. in Global Studies will be able to:
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the political, economic and cultural aspects of globalization and its impacts.
- Evaluate and communicate the complexity of global issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
- Demonstrate undergraduate-level mastery of a specialized geographic area of global studies.
- Evaluate and communicate the ways in which local issues and circumstances are involved with and influence global issues (and vice-versa).
The Global Studies Degree will be useful to students pursuing careers in international development, international organizations (e.g., United Nations), law, non-governmental organizations focusing on international affairs (e.g., Amnesty International), government, graduate study in History, Political Science, and International Affairs, and education.
Prior to taking any upper-division coursework for the major, students are encouraged to complete, or be in the final semester of completing, all lower-division General Education requirements.
Special Conditions for the Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies
All courses counted toward the major, including “Preparation for the Major” courses, must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. A minimum of eighteen (18) units counted toward the major must be earned in residence at Cal State San Marcos. No more than six (6) units of internship, GBST 495, and/or independent study, GBST 498, credit may be counted toward the major. In order to graduate, all Global Studies majors must successfully complete GBST 400 - Senior Seminar in Global Studies during their senior year.
All Global Studies majors must meet a second-language competency requirement. This requirement can be met by completing an approved fourth semester language course with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or by successfully passing a fourth-semester-level language competency exam. International students may satisfy this requirement by meeting the university’s TOEFL requirement for admission. A partial list of courses that can be used to meet the second-language competency requirement are listed below:
Language Proficiency (0-12 Units)
All Global Studies majors must meet a fourth semester second-language proficiency requirement. This requirement can be met by completing a fourth semester language course (i.e., 202 or above) with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or by successfully passing a fourth semester-level language competency exam. International students may satisfy this requirement by meeting the university’s TOEFL requirement for admission. For details on how to satisfy this requirement, please refer to Language Proficiency Requirement .
Language courses may not be “double-counted” to meet the Global Culture, Geographic Areas, and the fourth semester second-language competency requirements of the Global Studies major. Second language competency may not be satisfied with computer languages or American Sign Language.
Preparation for the Major (9 Units)
Complete the following nine (9) units of preparatory coursework with a grade of C (2.0) or better:
Total (9 Units)
*GEOG 201 may also be used to meet the “Area D – Discipline Specific Social Science” lower-division General Education requirement.
**HIST 102 may also be used to meet the “Area C2 – Humanities” lower-division General Education requirement.
***GBST 100 may also be used to meet the “D7 – Interdisciplinary Social Sciences” lower-division General Education requirement.
For the latest list of upper-division electives that count for the major and minor, see “Requirements and Important Documents” at http://www.csusm.edu/globalstudies/.
At least five units (5) in one geographic area drawn from at least two different disciplines; please see “Requirements and Important Documents” at www.csusm.edu/globalstudies/ for a list of approved courses in these areas:
Middle East and North Africa
Students must complete two courses (5-6 units) from different disciplines; please see “Requirements and Important Documents” at www.csusm.edu/globalstudies/ for a list of approved courses in these areas.
Students must complete three courses in each of two of the following global issues areas listed below, for a total of at least seventeen (17) units. At least two courses in each issue area must be from different disciplines. Please see “Requirements and Important Documents” at www.csusm.edu/globalstudies/ for a list of approved courses in these areas:
Global Conflict and Cooperation
International Law and Human Rights
Global Political Economy and Development
Gender in Global Perspective
Breadth Requirement (3 Units)
Additional course in Upper Division Social Sciences (DD designated) outside the major. This requirement can also count as the DD requirement in Upper Division General Education, but it must be taken in a Social Science or Interdisciplinary program other than Global Studies. Any course carrying the DD designation outside of Global Studies can be used to fulfill this requirement. If students choose to satisfy their UDGE DD with a course outside the major, the breadth requirement will become 3 free elective units.
Minimum Total (120 Units)
Students must take a sufficient number of elective units to bring the total number of units to a minimum of 120
*At least six (6) units of General Education Requirements in Areas C (Arts and Humanities) and D (Social Sciences) are automatically satisfied by courses taken in Preparation for the Major.