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Title Global Studies 
Department Global Studies 

Department Learning Outcomes:


  • Demonstrate knowledge of global issues, processes, trends and systems (i.e. economic and political interdependency among nations; environmental-cultural interaction; global governance bodies);
  • Articulate an understanding of her/his culture in global and comparative context; that is, recognizes that her/his culture is one of many diverse cultures and that alternate perceptions and behaviors may be based in cultural differences;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning and practice of political, military, economic, and cultural hegemony within states and within the global system;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how her/his field is viewed and practiced in different international contexts;
  • Use diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference, including those of the media, to think critically and solve problems;
  • Use information from other languages and other countries to extend their access to information and experiences;
  • Interpret issues and situations from more than one cultural perspective;
  • Articulate differences among cultures; demonstrates tolerance for the diverse viewpoints that emerge from these differences;
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical origins of the nation-state, and its current role in the global system;
  • Apply the key theoretical concepts in the field to interpret global issues; and
  • Exhibit an ongoing willingness to seek out international or intercultural opportunities.


Program Course Requirements

Required Courses

COMM 2420  Intercultural Communication (3 cr)
GLST 1401  Introduction to Global Studies (3 cr)
GLST 1491 Global Studies Travel (1-4 cr) OR GLST 2401 Global Studies Capstone (1-3 cr)
SPAN 1402* Beginning Spanish II (4 cr)
Total - 12 credits

Select 3 credits from the following History/Social Behavior Sciences courses:

ANTH 1457  Cultural Anthropology (3 cr)
ESCI 1454  Earth Science and the Environment (4 cr)
GEOG 1400  Physical Geography (3 cr)
GEOG 1410  Maps and Places (3 cr)
GEOG 1421  World Regional Geography (3 cr)
GEOG 1459  Cultural Geography (3 cr)
GLST 2401  Global Studies Capstone (3 cr)
HIST 1413  World History II, 1500 to Present (3 cr)
POLS 2450  International Relations (3 cr)
SOCL 2422  Culture and Environment (3 cr)

Select 3 credits from the following Fine Arts and Humanities courses:
MUSC 1450 Music in World Culture (3 cr)
PHIL 1411 World Religion (3 cr)
SPAN 2420 Many Faces of Mexico (3 cr)
SPAN 2425 Cultures of Latin America (3 cr)


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Program Information: By completing the Global Studies Certificate, students will develop an awareness of intercultural relations skills, diversity issues, and human rights issues. They will gain an understanding of international ethical issues and America’s own multicultural structure. Students are exposed to the literature, music and art of other cultures and gain knowledge of human and social geography. The program consists of an introductory course in global studies and a capstone project including a travel study option or cultural immersion experience.

Special Program Requirements:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Career Opportunities: The Global Studies Certificate is designed to enable students to meet the demands of a global society. As competition for employment increases employers will be seeking employees that will enhance their organization through global and diverse perspectives. This certificate provides students with a competitive advantage that their peers may not possess. There are many career opportunities for students with Global Studies Emphasis. Students can apply their knowledge and skills in areas of business, education, international associations, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and foreign relations. Finding an entry-level job in a foreign country is increasingly popular because it improves a graduate's foreign language skill, develops local networking and creates the advantage of international work experience. Students may choose to pursue further education in International Affairs, Global Business, International Law and other programs.