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Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

Lead Faculty: Dr. Lorna L. Zukas

Offered only online, the Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies degree program provides a flexible integration of skills and competencies that prepares students for a variety of careers as well as graduate studies in international relations, development, education, social science, immigration, law and government and non-governmental sectors. In short, the program provides students with the ability to think locally and act globally.

The global environment in which economics, culture, and technology converge is diverse, changing, complex and interdependent. By combining course work from multiple disciplines, this program provides a framework to understand and effectively negotiate global realities, whether they are economic, political, cultural, or ecological. The program encourages students to apply cultural understanding and explore and develop potential markets for their ideas and talent. Students in this program learn to use global communications and information technologies to conduct and present research. Global Studies majors become knowledgeable in the cultures and practices of the world s communities. Graduates understand the roles that ecology, gender, race, class, religion, and ethnicity play in cultural environments and apply their understanding to everyday interactions among diverse cultures. Graduates also produce a portfolio that enables them to integrate the skills they have acquired and apply them in a culminating project to the solution of a real world problem. This portfolio, which graduates post on a website of their own design, includes course projects and the full-length culminating project.

BA Global Studies/MA History Transition Program

Students currently enrolled in the BA Global Studies program who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and are within six courses of completion of the BA program may register for the BA Global Studies/MA History transition program. They do so by asking their admission advisor to submit a plan change into the transition program, allowing them to take two MA History classes as electives during the BA Global Studies program. Students may choose up to two 600-level History courses with the exception of HIS 600, HIS 692, HIS 695, HIS 696, HIS 697, HIS 698 or HIS 699.

For students in the BA Global Studies/MA History transition program, the University will waive up to two Master of Arts in History courses taken as part of the bachelor s degree if the grade earned is a B or higher. No graduate units will be awarded; instead the University will waive the MA history course(s) taken as part of the bachelor s degree. However, these students must still meet the residency requirements for the Master of Arts in History program. Students must apply for and begin the MA History Program within six months of completing the BA Global Studies program.

Students interested in the transition program to the MA History can have their admissions advisor apply to the program's Faculty Advisor for a waiver of the HIS 600 prerequisite requirement for two transition classes that the student chooses. The Faculty Advisor will grant such waivers. Once students have completed the transition program and are matriculated into the MA History program, they will need to take HIS 600 as their initial course in the MA History program since it will be enforced as the prerequisite to all other courses in the program.

A complete description of Transition Program requirements can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze issues as they impact the global environment.
  2. Explain the varied experiences of different social groups interacting with the global economy over the past several hundred years.
  3. Analyze a global problem such as poverty, hunger, the spread of disease, or environmental degradation from several disciplinary perspectives.
  4. Evaluate scholarship on globalization for its veracity and reliability.
  5. Describe the relationships between economic and cultural change in regions of the globe.
  6. Describe the relationships between economic change and processes of nation-state formation over the last several hundred years.
  7. Synthesize theoretical perspectives and empirical data into a coherent argument.


To obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information regarding admission and evaluation.

If the foreign language requirement is not completed in General Education, the equivalent must be completed as preparation for the Global Studies major either by testing or by satisfactorily passing two courses in one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. Other languages are acceptable upon approval of the director of the program. If a student opts to take the elective course GLS 440, Study Abroad, or IBU International Experience, additional fees, waivers, passports, visas, immunizations and other requirements may need to be fulfilled depending on the destination. It is the student’s responsibility to find out about these additional requirements and to meet them.

Preparation for the Major (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Upper-Division Electives (6 courses; 27 quarter units)

Program Information

Online Education

This program is available online.

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