What will I learn?

The Global Studies Program provides students with the opportunity to study international affairs from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Whether pursuing the major or the minor, students can choose from an approved list of courses from Anthropology, Communication, Economics, History, Liberal Studies, Literature and Writing, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Modern Language Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, and Women’s Studies. The program allows students to specialize in one of five geographic regions: the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, or Sub-Saharan Africa, and in two of five global issue areas: Foreign Policy, Global Conflict and Cooperation, International Law and Human Rights, Global Political Economy and Development, and Gender in Global Perspective.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Global Studies will be able to:

Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the political, economic and cultural aspects of globalization and its impacts.

Evaluate and communicate the complexity of global issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Demonstrate undergraduate-level mastery of a specialized geographic area of global studies.

Evaluate and communicate the ways in which local issues and circumstances are involved with and influence global issues (and vice-versa).

Career Opportunities

The Global Studies Degree will be useful to students pursuing careers in international development, international organizations (e.g., United Nations), law, non-governmental organizations focusing on international affairs (e.g., Amnesty International), government, graduate study in History, Political Science, and International Affairs, and education.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,246.00 per year
Local Fees: USD $1,970
Application deadline

1 May 2022

Start date

24 January 2022, 29 August 2022, 23 January 2023


College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

California State University San Marcos,

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road,



92096, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent

Equivalent of a "C+" (2.5) grade point average

Satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement for admission purposes with ONE of the following:

TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14

IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0

Cambridge English B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of 168. (160 and above eligible for pathway program)

Duolingo score of 95

iTEP score of 3.6

Pearson's Test of English (PTE) score of 50

Global Test of English Communication (GTEC) 1125

Attended a high school where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with our International Admissions Office to see if your school is eligible)

Conditional admission is available through our language program if you do not have a passing IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English score. The minimum GPA required for conditional admission is 2.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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