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Global Studies

About the Program

Global Studies—an Interdisciplinary Approach to our Interconnectedness

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major that helps students understand critical concepts—such as the value of international infrastructure and global citizenship, as well as the idea that what is a seemingly inconsequential action, like buying a T-shirt, actually has a domino effect that creates many ripples across continents.


Take GLST 1- Introduction to Global Studies this Spring Quarter!

You'll gain an interdisciplinary view of globalization and its impacts through an examination of social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental contexts. The course emphasizes the interdependence and connections between global institutions, populations, and individuals. 

Then check out Global Studies 2 and let's explore the issues currently facing humanity from an interdisciplinary perspective!

For details to register, see the Global Studies schedule of classes. Join us to learn how you fit in our globalized world.


Travel to Cuba in Spring 2024 through Global Studies!!

Did you know that you can study abroad in Cuba this Spring and earn Global Studies credit? Check out the 15-day Global Experiential Learning Adventure focused on Environmental Justice in the Cuban context. Applications are open are space is limited so sign up soon! For more information visit the Environmental Justice in Cuba, Spring 2024 website or contact Prof. Kathryn Maurer at 

Career Paths for Global Studies Majors


Business & Finance

  • Banking and Investment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Logistics & Trade
  • Translation
  • International Aid


  • Language Instruction
  • Accessible Education
  • Exchange Programs
  • International Schools

Entertainment & Leisure

  • International Marketing
  • Translation
  • Travel and Aviation


  • International Aid
  • Translation
  • Advocacy, Activism in Human Rights, Labor, etc.
  • Embassies and Consulates
  • Law and Policy
  • Peace Corps

Health, Social and Economic Well-Being

  • Health Access
  • Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)
  • Doctors without Borders
  • Translation
  • International Aid


GS Skills


Earn an AA-T in Global Studies

Select program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificate information.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree

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Global Studies

Julie Jenkins, 650.949.7430

Office 3005, Main Campus

Division Office Contacts

Aaron Korngiebel, Division Dean
Business & Social Sciences Division


Student Perspectives


Global Studies at Foothill College introduced me to several different academic disciplines. The opportunities it provided also helped me to discover new life and career pathways that I hadn't considered before. Anthropology, political science, economics, art history, communications, and foreign language are only some of the areas I was fortunate enough to have amazing experiences in!


As I continue down my career path in international policy research and eventually international law, I will always remain thankful to Foothill's Global Studies department for giving me the chance to succeed and grow, especially as a person with an even wider perspective of the situations we all face today. I would absolutely recommend the major to anyone. Broaden your horizons!

~ Abigail Manalese 


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