Think Globally

The global studies degree at Jamestown Community College prepares students to operate in an increasingly interconnected world by promoting critical perspectives on the social, cultural, environmental, political, and economic issues and processes associated with globalization. By exposing students to a variety of academic disciplines and world cultures, the program seeks to strengthen needed competencies for continued education in any number of fields, in particular those related to global, international, or cultural studies. The idea that we exist in a complex web of interrelations serves as the core of the program that ultimately aims to foster a sense of responsibility toward the human community and the responsiveness to effect positive change toward a future of peace and conflict management.

We encourage students to learn beyond the campus. JCC offers an in-depth study abroad program as well as internships in China and Spain that allow our students to live, work, and learn as they experience a culture firsthand.

Areas of Study

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, modern 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
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3

Choose 6 credit hours from the list below.

ARA 1510: Introductory Arabic I4
ARA 1520: Introductory Arabic II4
FRE 1510: Introductory French I4
FRE 1520: Introductory French II4
FRE 2510: Intermediate French I3
FRE 2520: Intermediate French II3
RUS 1510: Introductory Russian I4
SPA 1510: Introductory Spanish4
SPA 1520: Introductory Spanish II4
SPA 2510: Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 2520: Intermediate Spanish II3
GEO 1520: World Regional Geography3
POL 1520: World Politics3
HIS 1510: World History Before 1500 or HIS 1520: World History Since 15003
MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics3

Laboratory science course may be needed depending on transferring institution.


Courses selected may need to supplement the program core electives to fulfill at least two of the five SUNY GEN ED categories: American History, Natural Sciences, Other World Civilizations/Western Civilizations, Social Sciences, and The Arts. The following courses are strongly encouraged.

CMM 1610: Public Speaking3
PHL 1570: Critical Reasoning3
POL 1510: American Politics3
Core Requirements
18 credit hours
GLS 1500: Introduction to Global Studies3
GLS 2500: Global Studies Capstone3

Must complete at least one course from each of the following areas of study, and one 2000-level course.


Choose at least one course from the list below.

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

Choose at least one course from the list below.

BIO 2570: Environmental Issues/Ethics3
BIO 2620: Tropical Biology Seminar3
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

Choose at least one course from the list below.

CMM 2500: Interpersonal Communication3
HUM 1650: Leadership Development3
PHL 1510: Introduction to Philosophy3
PHL 2630: Contemporary Moral Problems3
POL 2530: Law and Civil Rights3
PSY 2530: Social Psychology3
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 an introductory level.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Laura AndersonCoordinator, Global Studies ARSC, Jamestown Campus716.338.1141Contact | Full Profile ▸