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Why Study Global Studies?

From the Stanley Foundation and the American Council on International and Intercultural Education (ACIIE) in their report "Educating For The Global Community: A Framework For Community Colleges": Global competency exists when a learner is able to understand the interconnectedness of peoples and systems, to have a general knowledge of history and world events, to accept and cope with the existence of different cultural values and attitudes and, indeed, to celebrate the richness and benefits of this diversity.

What is a globally competent learner?

A globally competent learner...

1. Is empowered by the experience of global education to help make a difference in society.

2. Is committed to global, lifelong learning.

3. Is aware of diversity, commonalities, and interdependence.

4. Recognizes the geopolitical and economic interdependence of our world.

5. Appreciates the impact of other cultures on American life.

6. Accepts the importance of all peoples.

7. Is capable of working in diverse teams.

8. Understands the nonuniversality of culture, religion, and values.

9. Accepts responsibility for global citizenship.

What skills will I obtain?

Program outcomes

Once you complete the global studies program at JCC, you'll be able to...

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of global issues, processes, trends, and systems (i.e. economic, political, and environmental issues and policies; environmental-cultural interaction; global governance bodies.)

2. Demonstrate a global perspective by utilizing diverse frames of reference and alternate perspectives to question and analyze global issues and problems.

3. Communicate in a second language in each of the four modalities: speaking, listening, reading, and writing at an introductory level.

What kinds of degrees should I consider for continued study?

The short answer is almost anything...we live in a world in which the social, political, economic, and environmental issues of our age are unavoidably and inextricably linked to global forces and trends. Today's community college students are expected to know how to work with diverse teams and in complex networks that span multiple international borders. Community college graduates must communicate effectively with people from all over the world and are expected to understand complex global relations even if they decide to never leave home.

Who employs global studies majors?

•    Colleges/Universities

•    Elementary/High Schools

•    Financial Service Firms

•    Foreign Schools and Academies

•    Government Agencies

•    International Companies    

•    Law Firms

•    Not-For-Profit Organizations

•    Security Agencies

•    Tour and Excursion Companies

•    Travel Agencies

•    The United Nations

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