Global Studies (A.A.)

Cultural and regional studies

This area of study critically evaluates the interconnectedness and complexity of global cultures. Students explore the similarities and differences that characterize a society. They will be challenged to actively question their preconceived notions of other societies. Students will explore global issues and cultural identities as they relate to the arts, religion, world languages, world literature, and world civilizations.

Institutions and issues

This area of study examines how we utilize our personal, regional, and global resources to meet our human needs; and the impact of this resource use on the Earth and its global citizens. Critical issues that impact global citizens, individually and collectively, are explored through various disciplines. In addition, a number of economic, regulatory, and political institutions are discussed in regards to their relationship to specific topical areas.

Peace, justice, and conflict management

This area of study aids in the development of global thinking and a respect for diversity and the rights of all forms of life. Critical issues include recognizing social injustice, its contributing factors, and the actions necessary to bring about change. It develops mediation and alternative dispute resolution skills to work in a number of organizations and settings. 


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes

Degree Option
Associate in Arts Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
30 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1510: English Composition I3
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
World Language Requirement

Choose from courses within the ARA, CHI, FRE, RUS, SPA disciplines.

HIS 1510: World History Before 1500 or HIS 1520: World History Since 15003
GEO 1520: World Regional Geography3
POL 1520: World Politics3
MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics3
Mathematics and Sciences Electives3
Natural Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3

Core Requirements
18 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
GLS 1500: Introduction to Global Studies3
GLS 2500: Global Studies Capstone3
At least 1 course must be taken from each of the 3 areas of specialization

One course must be at the sophomore level.


Cultural and Regional Studies

ANT 1520: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 1530: Comparative Religion3
ANT 2520: Peoples and Cultures of the World3
ART 1560: Survey of Visual Art: Renaissance through Contemporary3
CMM 2610: Mass Communication and Media Literacy3
ENG 2510: Masterpieces of World Literature I3
ENG 2520: Masterpieces of World Literature II3
REL 2580: Survey of Islamic Studies3
RUS 2560: Russian Civilization and Culture3
SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology3
SPA 2560: Latin American Civilization and Culture3

Institutions and Issues

BIO 2570: Environmental Issues/Ethics3
BIO 2620: Tropical Biology3
BUS 1650: Global Business3
ECO 1530: Contemporary Economic Problems3
ECO 2610: Macroeconomic Principles3
ECO 2620: Microeconomic Principles3
GLS 2010: Global Studies Internship3
POL 2860: European Union3
ANT 2600: Planet Earth3

Peace, Justice, and Conflict Management

CMM 2500: Interpersonal Communication3
LDR 1660: Leadership Development3
PHL 1510: Introduction to Philosophy3
PHL 2630: Contemporary Moral Problems3
POL 2530: Law and Civil Rights3
PSY 2530: Social Psychology3

12 credit hours

Important Points
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take CMM 1610: Public Speaking, PHL 1570: Critical Reasoning, and POL 1510: American Politics as electives.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will 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 the novice level.