Bachelor of Arts, Global Affairs

The mission of the program is to prepare students for global leadership and service and to train the next generation of policy leaders to tackle the complex issues of a globalized world. It is intended for individuals who want to be policymakers at the national, regional, and local government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations.

The Global Affairs program provides students an understanding of current challenges in the ASEAN region and around the world. The program provides an opportunity to study crucial contemporary issues–conflict among and within nations, democratization, economic and political globalization, regional conflicts and the emerging importance of non-state actors; as well as analysis of foreign and economic policy making and security issues in the region and on a global scale.

Career Opportunities
The Global Affairs Program offers a solid foundation for entering the work force or for graduate studies. The program prepares students for career opportunities with government agencies dealing with foreign affairs, international security, and the international economy; with multinational corporations, banks, and consulting firms; and with international organizations. The program also provides preparation for programs in international law and business and for graduate study in more specialized fields.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the major in Global Affairs, graduate will be able to:

  • Identify, describe and define basic factual information and analytical concepts concerning global issues.
  • Analyze issues and phenomena using relevant social science concepts, theories, and methods.
  • Use argument and evidence effectively to communicate original analysis of social, political, economic and cultural phenomena.
  • Construct well-reasoned solutions or conclusions; test and defend conclusions against
    relevant criteria and standards.
  • Critically analyze one’s own thinking by identifying presumptions, values and viewpoints as well as problems, inconsistencies and unanswered questions.
  • Conceive and defend alternative hypotheses and viewpoints; offer and explain reasons for provisionally rejecting or accepting them.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of ethical conduct in a variety of global contexts, and exhibit a personal adherence to ethical comportment in academic and interpersonal relationships.

Degree Pathway for Bachelor of Arts, Global Affairs

FRESHMAN YEAR (Year 1) – Fall Semester (Semester 1)

COMM 103 Oral Communication 3 units
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3 units
ENVN 131 Environmental Science 3 units
ITEC 101 Introduction to Information Technology 3 units
MATH 177 Elementary Statistics 3 unit
SEMR 101 First Year Seminar 1 unit

FRESHMAN YEAR (Year 1) – Spring Semester (Semester 2)

BUSN 101 Introduction to Business 3 units
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3 units
HIST 130 World History I 3 units
HUMN 101 Introduction to the Humanities 3 units
LEGL 101 Introduction to Law and Legal Systems 3 units

SOPHOMORE YEAR (Year 2) – Fall Semester (Semester 1)

ECON 150 Microeconomics 3 units
GEOG 120 World Geography 3 units
GBLA 101 Introduction to International Relations 3 units
HIST 131 World History II 3 units
HUMN 110 Arts and Culture 3 units

SOPHOMORE YEAR (Year 2) – Spring Semester (Semester 2)

ECON 140 Macroeconomics I 3 units
GBLA 230 International Political Economy 3 units
HUMN 250 Ethics and Society 3 units
ENGL 240 Literature 3 units
POLS 110 Introduction to Politics 3 units

JUNIOR YEAR (Year 3) – Fall Semester (Semester 1)

GBLA 230 International Political Economy 3 units
GBLA 305 Social Research Metds & Design 3 units
GBLA 310 International Organizations 3 units
GBLA 340 Principles of Sustainable Devm 3 units
GBLA 370 Geography of Southeast Asia 3 units

JUNIOR YEAR (Year 3) – Spring Semester (Semester 2)

GBLA 301 Political Theory 3 units
GBLA 320 SE Asian Comparative Politics 3 units
GBLA 350 Environment and Development 3 units
GBLA 380 Peace and Conflict Studies 3 units
GLBA 482 Foreign Policy 3 units

Summer Semester

GBLA 496 Global Affairs Internship 3 units

SENIOR YEAR (Year 4) – Fall Semester (Semester 1): Minor in Economics

GBLA 360 Comparative Social Movements 3 units
GBLA 410 Political Devm and Democratization 3 units
GBLA 433 Globalization 3 units
Elective [ECON 306] 3 units
Elective [ECON 440] 3 units

SENIOR YEAR (Year 4) – Spring Semester (Semester 2): Minor in Economics

GBLA 460 Gender in Development 3 units
GBLA 490 Capstone Course 3 units
Elective [ECON 307] 3 units
Elective [ECON 441] 3 units
Elective [ECON 442] 3 units

SENIOR YEAR (Year 4) – Fall Semester (Semester 1): Minor in Law

GBLA 360 Comparative Social Movts 3 units
GBLA 410 Political Dev & Democratization 3 units
GBLA 433 Globalization 3 units
Elective [LEGL 200] 3 units
Elective [BUSN 330] 3 units

SENIOR YEAR (Year 4) – Spring Semester (Semester 2): Minor in Law

GBLA 460 Gender in Development 3 units
GBLA 490 Capstone Course 3 units
Elective [LEGL 310] 3 units
Elective [LEGL 320] 3 units
Elective [LEGL 325] 3 units