Degree Requirements


  • 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

    Core Courses


    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.

    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.

    Choose One (3 Units): 

    Contemporary theories and methods in use among cultural anthropologists.
    Course introduces students to the orders of meaning and power that influence human living and working conditions, as well as the capacity of human beings to alter those conditions. A combination of lectures, readings, films, class discussions and exercises will familiarize students with approaches to global problems in applied anthropology and the solutions that the discipline has proposed.

    Choose One (3 Units):

    This course examines how systems of difference provide revealing analytical categories for understanding the political and cultural geography of globalization and develops critical thinking skills that can be used effectively beyond this course.
    Survey and comparison of major world regions with a focus on how global processes, regional interconnections, and local geographic conditions create distinctive regions and landscapes.

    Choose One (3 Units):

    Study of the international system, its actors and their capabilities; ends and means of foreign policy; international tension, conflict, and cooperation.
    Survey of the major political systems and analysis of comparative political concepts, with a view to preparation for more advanced study.

    Communication Methods

    • Choose one (3 Units)
    This course is designed to help students become more comfortable with speaking in public, and to familiarize them with the theory-based, basic skills of public speaking. It will also help to increase students' communication, competence, and effectiveness, as well as improve capabilities in research, and critical thinking. This course will expose students to a variety of everyday speaking occasions.
    Practice in writing business letters, reports and proposals.
    Analysis and presentation of scientific and technical information.
    This course will lay a foundation for understanding how stories shape communities, identities, memories, and perspectives on our lives. In addition, this course will provide opportunities for the theoretical analysis of self representation, composite narratives on behalf of others, cultural heritage, and memories as they are preserved and performed within stories and through narrative. Influences on digital digital storytelling such as the sociocultural context, the institutional contexts of production the audience, and the needs or goals of the digital storyteller will be examined. Students will be required to call on their own intellectual, emotional, and imaginative processes, as well as to develop their own skills in digital storytelling, interviewing, oral history collection, and the use of relevant digital storytelling tools.
    This course provides students with an in depth discussion of the key concepts and factors that have led to the development of the field of intercultural competence and provides students with extensive background and reading so as to take a critical perspective on intercultural competence and its future for them in a globalized world.
    In this course students will learn to produce multimedia texts using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. Besides becoming familiar with and producing texts in applications Adobe Spark, Photoshop and/or Illustrator, InDesign and/or Premiere, as well as Muse and/or Dreamweaver, students will learn about basic design, copyright, and accessibility issues related to writing multimedia texts. The vast majority of "writing" in the 21st century is either composed in or composed for digital environments. Even traditional literary novels and legal contracts have been adapted to be interacted with and consumed in digital applications. As "writing" has gone digital, it has also gone multimodal. To "write" in the 21st century is to compose with words, images, and sounds.

    Analytical Methods

    • Choose one (3 Units)
    This course introduces the practice of ethnographic field research including the history of research; ethics of ethnographic study; development of research plans; methods of data collection; organization and analysis of collected data; and creation of ethnographic reports.
    This class is designed to furnish students with a basic set of skills in recognizing, locating, processing and analyzing geographic data. These skills provide a foundation for upper-level classes in statistical methods, Geographic Information Systems, urban and regional development. These skills also provide a basic professional preparation for employment market requirements including defining research questions, selecting suitable geographic tools and methods to investigate, harvesting and analyzing data, and in presenting findings using computer mapping, spreadsheet, and charting software.
    Formulation and solution of geographic problems; models, research design, and methods of gathering, analyzing, and portraying geographic data.
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the nature and practice of writing history and to teach critical reading, writing, research and analytical skills necessary for history majors. Required course in the history major.
    An introductory course in the fundamentals of modern statistics with applications and examples in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include: methods for describing and summarizing data, probability, random sampling, estimating population parameters, significance tests, contingency tables, simple linear regression, and correlation.
    Techniques of statistical description and elementary statistical inference as applied to sociological data.

    Advanced Language Proficiency

    • 6th semester proficiency (of a language spoken)

    Thematic Emphasis

    Complete 15 units in 1 thematic area. Choose from:

    International Immersion

    You are expected to complete a minimum of 5 weeks of study outside the U.S (though semester or year-long programs are encouraged). Work with your advisor and the Study Abroad office to determine how your study abroad coursework applies toward degree requirements.


    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