World Studies Emphasis Certification
Choose five courses from only the following areas: Course Title Couse # Credits Prerequisites
AREA I: LANGUAGES Arabic ARB 3
French FRE 3
Spanish SPN 3
Portuguese POR 3
Mandarin CHN 3
Japanese JPN 3
AREA II: LITERATURE Literature in America I LIT203 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Literature in America II LIT204 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Masterpieces of World Literature I LIT211 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Masterpieces of World Literature II LIT212 3 pre/co-req ENG111
African Literature LIT219 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Latin American Literature LIT221 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Immigrant Experience in Literature LIT223 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Middle East Literature LIT224 3 pre/co-req ENG111
AREA III: HISTORY Western Civilization to the Renaissance HIS101 3 ESL098 or RDG095
Western Civilization from the Renaissance HIS102 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
World Civilization to 1500 HIS111 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
World Civilization from 1500 HIS112 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
US History: Colonization through the Civil War HIS151 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
US History: Reconstruction to the Present HIS152 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
AREA IV: SOCIOLOGY Cultural Anthropology SOC109 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
AREA V: GEOGRAPHY World Regional Geography GEO101 3
AREA VI: RELIGION World Religions PHL111 3
AREA VII: SCIENCE Environmental Science I/Lab ENV105 4 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Total Credits 15-16

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World Studies Emphasis certification is an additional credential to the Associate in Arts degree. It cannot be taken as a standalone program. Students must choose five courses from only three of the seven areas listed in the grid.

Credential Overview

This emphasis certification enables students enrolled in Associate in Arts degree programs to obtain World Studies Emphasis certification with no additional coursework through careful selection of general education and elective courses needed to fulfill their degree requirements. World Studies Emphasis certification is an additional credential to demonstrate acquired knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to live and work in a globally interdependent world. Students must complete five courses from the World Studies Emphasis menu. The common objective of these courses is to foster an ability to appreciate, analyze, and deal constructively with historical/contemporary experiences of diversity in the United States and other parts of the world. The menu includes courses in the areas of history, sociology, geography, science, religion, language, and literature.

Career Outlook

Graduates who transfer to four-year colleges or universities with a major in international studies, geography, history, literature, languages, education, classics, sociology, anthropology, religion, or a regional studies program such as Middle East Studies, find World Studies Emphasis certification to be an asset. Graduates with World Studies Emphasis certification enhance their future employability because business, government, non-profit, and education leaders now seek employees with an understanding of world issues and the capacity to work in a multicultural environment.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the geographical, political, and social issues of a country or region other than their own.
  • Understand the impact of historical events, culture, political structures, religion, and/or geography on world events.
  • Demonstrate open-mindedness and curiosity with respect to other countries and cultures.
  • View global issues from multiple perspectives