Global Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Overview
Provides an introduction to global perspectives in Social Justice and the Environment, American Culture and Society in a Global Context, Global Art and Literature, and Global Relations.This option prepares students for careers in fields with international or cross-cultural components.
  • In addition to a broad foundation in liberal arts, students will select a concentration of electives in one of four areas: Social Justice and the Environment, Global Art and Literature, American Culture and Society in a Global Context, or Global Relations.

    Note that transfer to many four-year colleges and universities may require the completion of four semesters of World Languages. Four sequential semesters of World Languages classes from GCC will fulfill any UMass-Amherst language requirement.

    Curriculum documents

    To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • This is just one way you might complete the Global Interdisciplinary Studies program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Global Interdisciplinary Studies program description from our official academic catalog.

    Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

    Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    ENG Comp. I
    PSY101
    PCS 141
    HIS 105
    SPA 101

    ENG Comp. II
    MAT 117 or MAT 114
    SOC 101
    Option Elective
    BIO 120

    ENG 200 level course
    SCI 120
    Option Elective
    GLS 101

    Option Elective
    Option Elective
    HIS 134
    ANT 104

    Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    ENG Comp. I
    PSY 141
    HIS 105

    ENG Comp. II
    MAT 117 or MAT 107
    SPA 101

    PSY 101
    Option Elective

    SOC 101
    BIO 120

    Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4

    SCI 120
    Option Elective

    Option Elective
    ANT 104
    ENG 200 level course

    GLS 101
    HIS 133

    HIS 134
    Option Elective

What’s next

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program in Afro-American Studies; American Studies; Comparative Literature; English; Environmental Science; Ethnic and Gender Studies; Geography; History; International Relations; Political Science; Social Thought and Political Economy; Regional Planning, Sociology; or Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, or related fields.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.