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 also introduces students to the study of global issues and perspectives while providing the methodological tools and techniques necessary to analyze them at multiple (local, regional, and international) levels. An understanding of the world’s social, economic, political, cultural, and natural systems and their growing interdependence will not only enable students to think globally, but prepare them to live, work, and participate in an increasingly globalized world as well. The goal of the Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer Degree (AA-T in Global Studies) at Irvine Valley College is to prepare students for further work in international studies and world affairs through the study of other cultures, social, economic, and political systems, world history and geography. The program is designed to encourage students to think beyond local perspectives and to think globally. 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. The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Global Studies.
Pursuant to SB 1440, section 66756, to earn an AA-T in Global Studies, students must:
- Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
- Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
- Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
- Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Support student success by creating a new program, curriculum, and courses that prepare students for academic transfer and/or degree completion in global/international studies.
- Support student success through an academic program that provides students with knowledge sensitive to the demands of an increasingly globalized work environment.
- Promote global awareness and diversity through interdisciplinary curriculum designed to expose students to global processes, issues, and perspectives.
- Encourage academic innovation by designing curriculum and courses that introduce students to broad and inclusive understanding of social science methods.
- Foster leadership and accountability through the continued development of the campus Model United Nations Program and study abroad opportunities.