Global Studies (GLS.AA)

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Associate in Arts

Arts and Communication

Global Studies Associate in Arts is an inter-disciplinary program designed to examine the diversity, complexity and interdependence of the world community. It also provides a knowledge base for understanding and analyzing the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of current world problems and issues.

This program stresses cross-cultural awareness. It enables students to develop an understanding necessary for living in a global society and for working in an increasingly complex global job market. It provides students with the basis for further study toward careers in government, international organizations, journalism, international consulting, and community development. It emphasizes the variety of coursework necessary for students wishing to specialize in international studies, international relations, and area studies at the bachelor level.

Graduating from this program qualifies the student for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) endorsement. Students should work closely with an OCC counselor to identify courses from the MTA List which apply to the endorsement and to select courses that will satisfy the intake requirements of the intended transfer institution.  

All courses that satisfy MTA requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher.  All courses comprising the 62 credits required for the degree must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Because transferability of credits varies with colleges and universities, programs, and departmental majors, students are urged to discuss their program plans with an OCC counselor and an advisor at the intended transfer institution.

Major Requirements
Complete one of the following Foreign Language options:8
Option A:
Foreign Languages 1510 and 1530 1, 2
Option B (if non-native speaker of English):
Writing and Reading for Academic Purposes IV
and Advanced Oral Communication
8
Option C (if non-native speaker of English):
Writing and Reading for Academic Purposes IV
and English Grammar and Listening Communication Skills IV
8
Global Emphasis Courses:
ANT 15402, 3Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
COM 22902, 4Intercultural Communication 3
GEO 15202, 3World Geography 3
GLS 2900 - GLS 29103
Complete one of the following:4
HIS 15102, 5, 6
World Civilizations to the Beginning of the Modern Era 4
or
HIS 15202, 5, 6
World Civilizations from the Modern Era 4
General Requirements
English Composition3
Communications
Satisfied. For MTA, this course must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher.
Fine Arts / Humanities2-4
Mathematics3-4
Natural Sciences7-10
Social Sciences
Satisfied. For MTA, these courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher.
Required Supportive Courses
Complete a minimum of 12 credits from the following. Some of these courses may also meet the Fine Arts/Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences requirements. Because transferability of credits varies with colleges and universities, students are urged to discuss their program plans with an OCC counselor and the transfer institution12
Environmental Science 4
Biology of Global Health3
Global Business3
Economics II 3
World Literature I
World Literature II 3
Introduction to Environmental Geology 4
HIS 15102, 5, 6
World Civilizations to the Beginning of the Modern Era (cannot be selected for Required Supportive Courses if HIS 1520 is chosen) 4
HIS 15202, 5, 6
World Civilizations from the Modern Era (cannot be selected for Required Supportive Courses if HIS 1510 is chosen) 4
Contemporary World 3
World Religions 3
Listening to Music: World Music 3
International Relations 3
Comparative World Politics 3
Sociology 3
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses51-57
Additional elective credits needed to meet requirements for an Associate in Arts degree. Courses must be numbered 1000 through 2999.5-11
Total Credit Hours62
1

Course may be used to meet Fine Arts/Humanities requirement.

2

Social Topics courses (BIO, HIS, HUM, PHI, and POL) with an obvious global theme may be chosen with approval using the College Course Substitution Process.

3

Course may be used to meet Social Sciences requirement.

4

Course may be used to meet Communications requirement.

5

Course may be used to meet either Fine Arts/Humanities or Social Sciences requirement, but not both.

6

If taking HIS 1510 or HIS 1520 for the Global Emphasis requirement, the same course will not count toward the 12 hours of required supportive courses below. The use of HIS 1510 or HIS 1520 can only be used in either the major requirement or the required supportive courses, but not both.

7

 Course may be used to meet Natural Sciences lab/science requirement.

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation. 

Topics in Global Studies

GLS 2900Topics in Global Studies: Economic Crisis, Global Consequences3
GLS 2901Topics in Global Studies: The Global Politics of Food3
GLS 2902Topics in Global Studies: The Culture of Terrorism3
GLS 2903Topics in Global Studies History of Science3
GLS 2904Topics in Global Studies3
GLS 2905Topics in Global Studies3
GLS 2906Topics in Global Studies3
GLS 2907Topics in Global Studies3
GLS 2908Topics in Global Studies3
GLS 2909Topics in Global Studies3
GLS 2910Topics in Global Studies: Revolutions & Social Networking3