Global Studies

The Global Studies Emphasis for the A.A., A.B. or A.S. degree integrates the study of politics, economics and the arts with analyses of cultural practices, beliefs and social systems. Students learn to appreciate and understand world cultures, focus on themes of global significance, and develop an interdisciplinary approach to international issues.

Undergraduate Majors

Students who choose an A.A., A.B. or A.S. degree with the Global Studies Emphasis can transfer to a four–year school and major in Global/International Studies or a variety of other specialties that include international aspects. Note: Although the Global Studies Emphasis does not serve as an articulation to any university, several of the courses may meet prerequisites to enter international/global studies–related majors.

Transfer Options

Many universities and colleges also value a global or multicultural understanding. It is a great idea to include this emphasis in your personal statement or transfer application and to share some lessons you learned through participating in the program.
Some universities even have international themed dorms or honors programs that you can join as a transfer student. Look at the college website for each university you are considering to see what opportunities there are. For example, University of Washington Tacoma is one local school that offers a Global Honor’s Program (deadlines are usually in March for a fall quarter start). To learn more about their program, visit:

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this emphasis will be able to:

  • Identify key events and ideas in modern history, politics and societies in the world outside of the United States
  • Recognize and explain the significance of global diversity and global interdependence
  • Analyze the impact of historical events, culture, political structures, religion and/or geography on world events
  • Express the importance of cultural differences in the local and world community
  • Describe the geographical, political and social issues of a country or region other than their own
  • Demonstrate entry–level skills in a foreign language


Career possibilities for those who major in Global/International Studies include:

  • translation
  • education
  • non–profit and non–governmental organizations
  • government and business

For example, education careers could include:

  • teaching English overseas
  • K–12 or college teaching
  • working with educational exchange programs

Private sector business and trade opportunities include:

  • sales
  • marketing
  • banking
  • transportation and the travel industry

Government work could extend to:

  • Foreign Service
  • Peace Corps
  • Commerce
  • Customs
  • Immigration agencies

Work in one of the many non–profit organizations could involve foreign policy, assistance to developing countries, peace and security issues and/or refugees. For many of these careers, students will need to get a master's degree.


For more information, please contact Jaime Cardenas, program faculty: Advisors located in BE1102 can answer questions about the Global Studies Emphasis and transferability, credits, scheduling, etc. The phone number is 206.934.4068. Email: