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Global and Intercultural Understanding

Bachelor of General Studies

Prepare to enter an increasingly global workforce by acquiring an understanding of how the nations of the world are economically, politically, socially and culturally interdependent.


Understand the customs, cultures, mores, practices, contributions and struggles of peoples around the globe. Through ethnographic accounts, students will learn about various ways of life throughout the world and gain the academic preparation needed to succeed in an increasingly global workforce. The knowledge of culture, geography, history, literature, communications and public policy gained with a Bachelor of General Studies with a focus in Global and Intercultural Understanding forms a solid foundation for a variety of careers. Graduates can work in international business, foreign relations, translation, outreach or education. This focus theme also prepares students for law school and graduate studies in public administration, anthropology, international studies and public health.

General Studies, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields.

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Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of General Studies
College: College of Humanities

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Potential courses within this theme are listed below; work with your adviser to choose your specific path. 

  • MUS 337: Survey of Mexican Folk Music - Examination of traditional Mexican folk music and its influence. This course covers the history and evolution of the mariachi, as well as the vast potpourri of Mexican music traditions.
  • AFAS/GWS 342: Writers, Women and the Gods - This course discusses how self-expression and self-definition have generated social and political changes in American history and how they have impacted the dominant Euro-American culture of American society from the viewpoint of African American women's stories in history and literature. Women's lives related to their gender and ethnicity within public and private domains are discussed.
  • GEOG 367: Population Geography - Analysis of fertility, mortality, and migration as agents of demographic change. Topics of discussion include fertility control and LDCs, working mothers and NDCs, aging societies, legal/illegal immigration in the U.S., and population policies.
  • HIST/MENA 381A: History of Muslim Societies - The rise, creation, and relationship between religion and politics of Islamic society.
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Earning your Bachelor of General Studies in Global and Intercultural Understanding will build core skills, including:

  • communication skills
  • critical thinking
  • cultural understanding
  • historic and cultural preservation
  • problem solving
  • research
  • teamwork/collaboration
  • writing

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