Oakland Community College 


Associate in Liberal Arts - (GLS.ALA)

   Global Studies in Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary program designed to examine the diversity, complexity and interdependence of the world community. It also provides a knowledge base for understanding and analyzing the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of current world problems and issues.
   This program stresses cross-cultural awareness. It enables students to develop an understanding necessary for living in a global society and for working in an increasingly complex global job market.. It provides students with the basis for further study toward careers in government, international organizations, journalism, international consulting, and community development. It emphasizes the variety of coursework necessary for students wishing to specialize in international studies, international relations, and area studies at the baccalaureate level.

   Graduating from this program does not automatically qualify the student for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) endorsement. Students in this program seeking MTA endorsement should work closely with an OCC counselor to identify classes from the MTA List which apply to the endorsement and to degree requirements.

Major Requirements Credits
Foreign Languages 8
Foreign Languages 1510 and 1530*1 8
If non-native speaker of English;  
ESL 2520 and either ESL 2011 or ESL 2420
Global Emphasis Courses
ANT 1540*2 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
COM 2290*3 Intercultural Communication 3
GEO 1520*2 World Geography 3
GLS 2900-2950 Topics in Global Studies 3
HIS 1510*4,5 World Civilizations to the Beginning of the Modern Era 4
HIS 1520*4,5 World Civilizations from the Modern Era 4
General Requirements
English 1510 Composition I
English 1520 Composition II
Mathematics/Science 6
Physical Education
POL 1510 American Goverment
Required Supportive Courses
Students must choose a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses. Some of these courses may also meet the Fine Arts/Humanities and Social Science requirement. Because transferability of credits varies with colleges and universities, students are urged to discuss their program plans with an OCC counselor and the transfer institution.
ANT 2510 Comparative Studies in Cultural Anthropology 3
BIO 15007 Environmental Science 4
BIO 1512 Biology of Global Health 3
BUS 2150 Global Business 3
ECO 2620* Economics II 3
ENG 2530* World Literature I 3
ENG 2540* World Literature II 3
GSC 1620* Intro to Environmental Geology 4
HIS 1510*4,5 World Civilizations to the Beginning of the Modern Era 4
HIS 1520*4,5 World Civilizations from the Modern Era 4
HIS 1550* Contemporary World 3
HUM 1710* World Religions 3
MUS 1585* World Music 3
POL 2530* International Relations 3
POL 2610* Comparative World Politics 3
SOC 2510* Sociology 3
Necessary Electives Total
Minimum required credits for a program, additional courses are to be chosen based on student interest and transfer requirements.

Electives must be chosen from courses numbered 1000 through 2999.
General Education Requirement
See General Education Distribution Requirements
1 Course may be used to meet Fine Arts/Humanities requirement.
2 Course may be used to meet Social Science requirement.
3 Course may be used to meet Communication requirement.
4 Course may be used to meet either Fine Arts/Humanities or Social Science requirement, but not both.
5 If taking HIS 1510 or HIS 1520 for the Global Emphasis requirement, the same course will not count toward the 12 hours of required supportive courses below. NOTE: The use of HIS 1510 or HIS 1520 can only be used in either the major requirement or the required supportive courses, but not both.
6 Must include an approved lab/science course and completion of MAT 1150 or higher.
7 Course may be used to meet lab/science requirement.
* Special Topics courses (BIO, CHI, HIS, HUM, PHI and POL) with an obvious global theme may be chosen with approval using the College Course Substitution Process.