Global Studies, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Global Studies for Transfer degree (AA-T in Global Studies) program at Monterey Peninsula College is designed to ensure students can analyze the processes and consequences of globalization. The focus of the program will be global problem-solving in the current neoliberal era, with the goal of preparing students to understand the interaction of individuals, nation-states, non-governmental actors, and international organizations. The purpose of this major is to provide students with the education and the preparation necessary for transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Global Studies or similar major. Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AA-T degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the ongoing phenomenon of globalization employing concepts including but not limited to hegemony, neoliberalism, interdependence, diaspora, Eurocentrism and Orientalism.
  • Develop research projects employing the diverse methodologies of the social sciences and humanities.
  • Assess the interdependence of global issues, such as inequality, food insecurity, global climate change, terrorism, and community displacement.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
GLST 1Introduction to Global Studies3
GLST 2Global Issues3
List A
Select five courses from at least four of the following areas:15-19
Area 1: Culture and Society
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
World History Since 1500
Area 2: Geography
Introduction to Physical Geography
Introduction to Human Geography
Area 3: Economics
Principles of Economics: Macro
Principles of Economics: Micro
Area 4: Politics
Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
Introduction to International Relations
Area 5: Humanities
Survey of World Literature I
Survey of World Literature II
Any 3rd- or 4th-term foreign language course:
Intermediate French
Advanced French
Intermediate Japanese
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers II
Additional Requirements35-39
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
MATH 16 Elementary Statistics 4
GLST 1 Introduction to Global Studies 3
CSU GE Area C2 (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
Elective (LIBR 50 or COUN 10 Recommended) 1
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
GLST 2 Global Issues 3
Major Area 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 3
CSU GE Area B1 and B3 4
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Year 2
Public Speaking
or Small Group Communication
or Interpersonal Communication
Major Area 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 3
Major Area 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 3
CSU GE Area B2 3
CSU GE Area C1 or C2 (ENGL 44 or 45 Recommended) 3
Major Area 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 3
Major Area 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (or Electives if ENGL 44 or 45 was completed) 3
CSU GE Area C1 3
CSU GE Area E 3
CSU GE Area F (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.