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Global Studies

BA - Global Studies

Admission to the Major

Students applying to major in Global Studies should possess a strong commitment to international affairs, world geography, foreign languages, and intercultural relations. There are no prerequisites for admission to the major other than the general SJSU requirements.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements51
Of the 51 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
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
Preparation for the Major3
Students should take the Foreign Language Department's 102 or 140 culture courses that correspond to their chosen second language.
Requirement of the Major48
Core Courses12
GLST 001A. Introduction to Global Studies3
GLST 001B. Introduction to Global Studies3
GLST 179. Capstone Seminar in Global Studies3
GLST 189. Global Experience1-3
Major Breadth Courses24
Complete two courses in different departments in these four areas. GLST 187 may be substituted for one course with approval of advisor.
Global Geography and Environment6
BIOL 110. Biodiversity and BiopoliticsR3
ENVS 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
GEOG 107. Mapping the World3
GEOL 111. Geology and the EnvironmentR3
METR 112. Global Climate ChangesR3
NUFS 139. Hunger and Environmental NutritionR3
PHIL 126. Environmental Ethics and Philosophy3
Global Business and Economics6
BUS3 145. Global Operations Management3
BUS3 156. International Issues in Human Resource Management3
BUS3 162. International and Comparative Management3
BUS3 187. Global Dimensions of Business3
GEOG 115. Geography of the Global Economy3
GEOG 121. Population and Global Change3
POLS 155. International Political Economy3
Global History and Politics6
POLS 147. Globalization3
POLS 148. Nationalism and Comparative Political Cultures3
POLS 150. War and PeaceV3
POLS 152A. International Organizations and NGOs3
COMM 115P. Communication and Conflict4
HIST 130A. Military History3
HIST 130B. Military History3
HIST 132. Advanced Topics in World History4
HIST 145. Europe and the World Since 19454
HIST 155. 20th Century WorldV3
HIST 172B. History of American Foreign Relations from 19133
GEOG 112. Nations, Cultures, and Territorial DisputesV3
Global Cultures and Society6
ANTH 102. Silicon Valley Connections3
ANTH 115. The Emerging Global CultureV3
ANTH 166. Chiefdoms, States, & Empires3
ARTH 193A. Worlds of Art and CultureV3
ARTH 193B. East Meets West in ArtV3
COMM 152I. Communication in World Cultures4
COMM 173F. Intercultural Communication and Global Understanding4
LING 122. English as a World LanguageV3
MCOM 106. Global Mass Communication3
PHIL 120. Eastern and Western Philosophy3
SOCI 116. Global SocietyD33
SOCI 160. Immigration and Identity3
SOCI 169. Political Sociology3
TECH 198. Technology and CivilizationV3
Area of Specialization12
Majors also select an area of specialization, which will consist of four courses about a major region of the world, e.g. Europe, Asia, Latin America, or Africa. Students must consult with the GS advisor to define their region and determine that enough courses exist at SJSU to satisfy this requirement.
Specializations are a cluster of courses used by departments for advising purposes. Specializations will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. Please see advisor for more details.
University Electives16

Total Units:120