Global Studies

Pathway Overview

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer. Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway. Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.


Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend. Depending on your program of study, you can earn either an Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), Track 1 or Track 2.

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  • Units to complete: 90-93
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - 6

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Global Studies is a transdisciplinary approach to historical and contemporary globalization, as well as resistance to it. By examining cultures, economies, and politics, the Global Studies Emphasis promotes a complex analysis of international, transnational, and local flows of people, ideas, art, products, and profits. It also provides the academic tools to offer equitable solutions to the planet’s most pressing global challenges.

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:

  • Delineate the major historical changes that have led to contemporary globalization.
  • Analyze the contemporary global economic, cultural, artistic, political, and/or legal driving forces of globalization as well as the resistance to them.
  • Communicate in another language by taking at least two quarters of that language, or the equivalent.
  • Communicate using verbal and non-verbal behaviors, languages, and strategies that are appropriate to specific audiences.
  • Compare discourses and practices of human rights in our global age, in particular as they relate to gender, health, sexuality, race, belief systems, ethnicity, poverty, and/or the environment.
  • Formulate responses to promote a more equitable and sustainable world.

Degree Options


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 Takami Nieda, 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: