Global Studies

BA - Global Studies

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education
Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
GLST 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Preparation for the Major6
GLST 001A. Introduction to Global Studies3
GLST 001B. Introduction to Global StudiesB23
Requirements of the Major71
Core Courses12
GLST 162. Contemporary Global Issues3
GLST 164. Advanced Seminar in Global Citizenship3
GLST 179. Capstone Seminar in Global Studies3
Complete One course from:
GLST 188. Special Topics in International ExperiencesV3
GLST 189. Global Experience1-3
Major Breadth Courses36
Complete Global Studies course and two additional courses in different departments in these four areas. GLST 187 may be substituted for one course with approval of advisor.
Area 1: Global Sustainability9-10
GLST 167. Changing Ecologies of GlobalizationR3
Complete two courses from:
ANTH 129. Environmental Anthropology3
BIOL 110. Biodiversity and BiopoliticsR3
COMM 146F. Communication and the Environment4
ENVS 150. Introduction to Environmental ThoughtS3
ENVS 152. Globalization and the EnvironmentR3
ENVS 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
GEOG 121. Population and Global Change3
GEOL 111. Geology and the EnvironmentR3
GEOL 112. Hazards, Risks of Earthquakes and VolcanoesR3
HS 172. Contemporary Environmental Health IssuesR3
METR 112. Global Climate ChangesR3
NUFS 139. Hunger and Environmental NutritionR3
PHIL 126. Environmental Ethics and Philosophy3
Area 2: Global Development, Population, Human Rights9-11
GLST 143. Gender, Power, Intnl DevV3
Complete two courses from:
ANTH 151. Modernity and Disease3
ANTH 132. Creating Built Worlds3
BUS5 187. Global Dimensions of Business3
ECON 113B. Economic History of Europe4
ECON 190. History of Economic Thought4
GEOG 115. Global Development3
HIST 155. 20th Century WorldV3
JS 171. Human Rights and JusticeV3
JS 172. Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery3
JS 173. Borders and Conflict3
POLS 147. Globalization4
POLS 155. The Wealth of Nations4
SOCI 118. Sociology of Human Rights and Social Justice3
SOCI 160. Immigration and Identity3
SOCI 169. Political Sociology3
WOMS 102. The Global Study of WomenV3
WOMS 112. Women in the Global Economy3
Area 3: Global Security and Technology9-11
GLST 156. Technology of the Modern World3
Complete two courses from:
ANTH 136. Thought Control in Contemporary Society3
ANTH 146. Culture and ConflictV3
BUS5 165A. Global Leadership3
COMM 115P. Communication and Conflict4
COMM 179. Global Media and ResistanceV3
GEOG 107. Mapping the World3
GEOG 112. Nations, Cultures, and Territorial DisputesV3
GEOG 170. Introduction to Mapping and Geographic Information Systems3
GEOG 181. Remote Sensing: Basic Theory and Image Interpretation3
JS 123. Terrorism, Intelligence, and Security3
JS 161. Introduction to Cybercrime3
MCOM 180. Independent Study1-6
POLS 148. Nationalism and Comparative Political Cultures4
POLS 150. War and PeaceV3
POLS 152A. International Organizations and NGOs4
TECH 198. Technology and CivilizationV3
Area 4: Global Cultures and Society9-11
SOCI 116. Global Society3
Complete two courses from:
ANTH 107. Eating Culture: The Anthropology of Food3
ANTH 115. The Emerging Global CultureV3
ANTH 148. Religion and Anthropology3
ARTH 193A. Worlds of Art and CultureV3
ARTH 193B. East Meets West in ArtV3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsV3
COMM 152I. Communication in World Cultures4
COMM 173F. Intercultural Communication and Global Understanding4
COLT 121. Introduction to Comparative Literature4
COLT 122. Topics in Comparative World Literature4
COLT 124. Literature and Religious Experience3
ENGL 117B. Global Film, Literature, and CulturesV3
ENGL 123A. Literature for Global Understanding-The AmericasV3
ENGL 123B. Literature for Global Understanding-AfricaV3
ENGL 123C. Literature for Global Understanding-OceaniaV3
ENGL 123D. Literature for Global Understanding-AsiaV3
ENGL 126. Holocaust LiteratureV3
HIST 132. Advanced Topics in World History4
May be taken twice if topic changes and with advisor approval.
HUM 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
LING 122. English as a World LanguageV3
MCOM 106. Global Mass Communication3
PHIL 120. Comparative Philosophy Theory & Practice3
TECH 198. Technology and CivilizationV3
WOMS 189. Islamic Perspectives on Gender3
Minor Requirement15-18
Global Studies majors are required to select a minor field in consultation with the Global Studies advisor.
Major Upper Division Electives0-9
See a Global Studies Advisor for approved Upper Division Electives.
University Electives1

Total Units:120