Degree Requirements


  • 120 total units to compete degree; 42 which are upper-division units total
  • 37 units in the major; 18 of which are upper-division
  • Minor (or dual-major) in language or area studies program
  • Elective credit to reach 120/42 may be required

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  • 1st Year English or equivalent
  • Math: PHIL 110, LING 123, MATH 107, 112 or higher
  • 4th semester second language proficiency however, 6th semester is required for the major.

General Education 

  • 6 units Tier 1 Individuals & Societies
  • 6 units Tier 1 Traditions & Cultures
  • 6 units Tier 1 Natural Sciences
  • 3 units Tier 2 Arts
  • 3 units Tier 2 Individuals & Societies or Tier 2 Humanities
  • 3 units Tier 2 Natural Science
  • 3 units Diversity Emphasis Course (can be fulfilled with General Education Courses)

4th Semester of SECOND LANGUAGE 


UNIV 101: Intro to the Gen Ed Experience 


Exploring Perspectives (EP) Gen Eds



Natural Scientist 

Social Scientist


Building Connections (BC) Gen Eds

(Take 3 Classes)


UNIV 301: The Gen Ed Portfolio

GLS Core I


Identify and assess global trends in political, financial and social areas and become an empowered leader who communicates and inspires across cultural boundaries. Global Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to thinking critically about global issues. This Bachelor of Arts is structured around intellectual and experiential frameworks that empower students to analyze, adapt, communicate, problem-solve and empathize. The Global Political and Economy emphasis examines the mechanisms of order and disorder, and cooperation and conflict among humans. It also explores the major types of formal organizations, including nation-states, international or transnational organizations, and nongovernment organizations. Students gain knowledge of diverse global institutions and their political, economic, social and cultural impacts on the world. They also develop ""global competency"" by obtaining the necessary skills for engaging in problem-solving across boundaries.

This course explores literary, artistic, philosophical, and critical approaches to major topics in Global Studies, examining questions such as: What affects the terms and outcomes of cultural encounters? How are values and beliefs defined and transformed? What do writing, translation, literature, and other areas studied in the humanities teach us about global studies? What doors open when a person can study a language deeply?


Choose three:

Communication Methods

  • Choose one (3 Units)

Analytical Methods

  • Choose one (3 Units)

Thematic Emphasis

Complete 15 units in 1 thematic area. Choose from:

International Immersion

Students can fulfill the international immersion requirement in one of three ways:

  1. Study abroad for a minimum of four weeks;
  2. Complete two semesters of language study in same language, in addition to Foundations Second Language Requirement;
  3. Complete a 3-unit internship with international component or focus

Senior Capstone (3 units)

A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required.


Minor or second major in second language or area studies program required. 

Choose from the following area studies:

American Indian Studies, Africana Studies, East Asian StudiesJudaic Studies, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Or choose from the following languages

Arabic, Chinese, Critical Languages, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Italian,Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish