Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer Degree

Students pursuing a degree in Global Studies will acquire a broad, knowledge of the interdisciplinary field of global studies. Students will understand the impact of globalization on politics, culture, and economics. They will also assess key global issues, including but not limited to, the environment, human needs, human rights, population growth and migration, economic development, and global governance. Students will develop skills and knowledge that will allow them to work in an increasingly globalized world. They will be able to understand how various disciplines approach the topic of globalization and its consequences. They will also be able to hone skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, that encourage them to become more effective global citizens.

Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in Global Studies commonly include government service, activism, consulting, lobbying, and journalism. Careers in the discipline that generally require graduate-level degrees include college teaching, law, policy analysis, diplomacy, etc.

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer, also called the Global Studies AA-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in Global Studies or related major. Students earning the Global Studies AA-T Degree will be granted priority for admission as a Global Studies or related major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This Global Studies AA-T degree requires students to meet both of the following requirements: 

  1. Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following: 
    1. The Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University GE-Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-B). 
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis. All courses in the major or area of emphasis must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. 
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. 

There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. 

Required Core CoursesUnits
GS 010Global Studies3
GS 011Global Issues3
List A
Select five courses from at least four of the following areas:15
Culture and Society:
History Of World Civilization I
History Of World Civilization II
Geography:
Physical Geography
Cultural Geography
Regional Geography
Economics:
Principles Of Macroeconomics
Principles Of Microeconomics
Politics:
Introduction To Comparative Governments
Introduction To International Relations
Humanities:
World Literature I
World Literature II
Required Subtotal21
Select one of the following: 137-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2
DEGREE TOTAL60
1

Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.

2

Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE FOR TRANSFER (SB 1440)

California Community Colleges offer associate degrees for transfer to the CSU system. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.

Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

To view the most current list of College of the Desert Associate Degrees for Transfer, please go to Academic Programs. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

Requirements For The Associate In Arts For Transfer (AA-T) Or Associate In Science For Transfer (AS-T) - SB 1440

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major).

This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an “AA-T” or “AS-T” major as detailed in the Program of Study section of the catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis (Title 5, section 55063).
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) pattern (see page 65 for more information); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern (see page 67 for more information).
  5. Students do not need to complete the local requirements of Kinesiology and Reading 51 or 61.