Global Studies: Environmental Studies Concentration, Associate in Arts



To meet the need for graduates who are able to function effectively in an interconnected society, the Global Studies program offers a liberal arts education, focused on international relations, area studies, and/or the environment, with a choice of cultural experiences and languages. The program will serve students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution as well as students who wish to work in local businesses with a global reach, or government agencies and non-profit organizations serving diverse populations from other countries.

Graduates of the program will be exposed to a wide diversity of knowledge, be asked to do practical thinking and problem-solving, and offered opportunities to explore global challenges and changes through international trips and exchanges.


Foundational courses in communication, statistics, science, and political science will be complemented with courses in cultural anthropology and world geography. Contextual courses will help the student begin to build competency in the environment, or political science, or area studies, and their elective and language choices will allow them to further specialize in a region or culture. Study Abroad spring break courses, while not explicitly included in the course of study, are an advantageous complement to the core and directed studies.

Transfer Possibilities

Lehigh University - Global Studies

Temple University - Global Studies

Drexel University - Global Studies

Penn State University - Global Studies

Cedar Crest College - Global Studies

Muhlenberg College - International Studies

Albright College - International Relations

Dickinson College - International Studies

Kutztown University - International Studies Minor

East Stroudsburg University - International Relations w/in Political Science


Graduates of the program will

  • Model the characteristics of an active, ethically aware and connected citizen.
  • Articulate how the diverse range of human differences influence the historical and current formation of artistic, economic, social, scientific, cultural or political institutions.
  • Articulate how the range of human differences influence each individual’s experience of equality and inequality within a society, its institutions, or its cultures.
  • Analyze how individuals and institutions have addressed persistent global challenges.
  • Assess and evaluate plans to address open-ended and diverse global problems.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

COMM101Introduction to Communication

3 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

GLBL130Introduction to Global Studies

3 credits


SOCA102Cultural Anthropology

3 credits


SOCA103Principles of Sociology

3 credits


GEOG121Environmental Sustainability

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

ENGL151LEnglish II

3 credits

GEOG101Peoples and the Environments of the World

3 credits

MATHMathematics Elective (QL)

3/4 credits


GEOG210Weather and Climate

4 credits


GEOL201Physical Geology

4 credits


POLS101Introduction to Political Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Summer Semester

Summer Study Abroad or

Field Experience & Academic Research in Global Studies ++

Total Credit Hours:3

Third Semester

CISC101Introduction to Information Technology

3 credits

POLS202International Relations

3 credits

Directed Elective +++

3 credits

MDLAModern Language +

3 credits

HUMA150Nature of the Environment

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester

GLBL230Global Studies Capstone

3 credits

GEOG140Investigating Climate Change

3 credits

Mathematics (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective

3/4 credits

MDLAModern Language +

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12-13

Total Credit Hours: 62-64

  • One course must be designated Diversity and Global Awareness (D).
  • Two courses must be completed as a Writing Intensive (WI).

+ Two courses (6 credits) of the same Modern Language are required for graduation. 

++ Not all study abroad courses may run every summer. Options include: INTS200 (for a total of 3 credits), INTS201, INTS202, INTS250, POLS150, POLS170, GLBL160, SOCA268.

+++Directed Electives: ARTA101, ENGL215G, ENGL250G, ENGL251G, ENGL257G, ENGL260G, ENGL264G, ENGL265G, HUMA140G, PHIL121, PHIL201, PHIL204