Global Studies Pre-major

Program Coordinator: Katherine Schuster, 847-376-7118 or schuster@oakton.edu

The following pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies after transferring to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

Students planning to major in Global Studies are highly encouraged to study abroad after their first year at Oakton. Students can study abroad for an entire Fall or Spring semester, for a month in the summer, or for 1-3 weeks over an Interim. Typically, students take 6-7 credits abroad in the Summer, including a modern language course and a Humanities course. 

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the Program Coordinator. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EGL 101 Composition I 3
Select one Modern Language course 1 4
Select one of the following: 3
Asian Philosophy 2  
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy  
Modern and Contemporary Philosophy  
Select one of the following: 3
African-American Culture and the Arts 3  
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3  
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 3  
Women and Creativity 3  
Select one of the following: 3
World Regional Geography 2  
Cultural Geography 2  
Global Economies 2  
 Hours16
Semester Two
ANT 202 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 2 3
EGL 102 Composition II 3
SSC 201 Introduction to Global Studies 2 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction to Global Literature 2  
Introduction to Native American Literature 4  
[National/Regional] Literature 2  
Modern Language course 1
 
Ethics  
Environmental Ethics  
Select one of the following: 3
Art History: Art of the Non-Western World 2  
Introduction To Art  
Introduction To Music  
Introduction To Theater  
Introduction to World Music 2  
Music Literature And History  
 Hours15-16
 Total Hours31-32

Second Year - for students not studying abroad

Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
Semester OneHours
BIO 106 Introduction to Environmental Science (lab) 4
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
MAT 131 Elementary Statistics (or other Mathematics course) 4
Select one Modern Language course 1 4
Select one Global Studies course 3
 Hours18
Semester Two
PHL 205 World Religions 3
Select one Modern Language course 1 4
Select one of the following: 3
Comparative Government 2  
International Relations 2  
Select one Physical Science course without lab: 3
Introduction To Weather And Climate  
Physical Geography  
A Survey Of Oceanography  
Environmental Geology  
Select one Global Studies course 3
 Hours16
 Total Hours34

Second Year - for students studying abroad for one semester in second year

OPTION I: Modern Language Immersion Program

(Students take two semesters of Modern Language in one semester abroad)

Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
Semester OneHours
Semester One or Two Abroad (see Note 2 below)  
HUM 122 Contemporary Culture and the Arts (or other course that articulates with Oakton's General Education Humanities/Fine Arts course) 3
Take one course that articulates with Oakton’s General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences course 3
Modern Language 101: Beginning I or 201: Intermediate I 1 4
Modern Language 102: Beginning II or 2022: Intermediate II 1 4
 Hours14
Semester Two
Semester One or Two at Oakton  
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
BIO 106 Introduction to Environmental Science 2 4
Modern Language course 1 4
MAT 125
General Education Mathematics
or Elementary Statistics
4
Select one Global Studies course 3
 Hours18
 Total Hours32

OPTION II: Non-Language Focused Program

Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
Semester OneHours
Semester One or Two Abroad (see Note 2 below)  
HUM 122 Contemporary Culture and the Arts (or other course that articulates with Oakton General Education Humanities/Fine Arts course) 3
Take one course that articulates with Oakton General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences course 3
Take one course that articulates with Oakton General Education Humanities/Fine Arts course 3
Take one course that articulates with any Oakton course (elective) 3
 Hours12
Semester Two
Semester One or Two at Oakton  
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
BIO 106 Introduction to Environmental Science 2 4
Modern Language course 1 4
MAT 125
General Education Mathematics
or Elementary Statistics
4
Select one Global Studies course 3
 Hours18
 Total Hours30

Note 1: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Arts (A.A.) page for degree requirements. 
Note 2: Students who elected to study Abroad for one semester in second year, should move the Physical Science non-laboratory course and the Global Studies course into other semesters. Instead, they should take Social and Behavioral Studies and Humanities/Fine Arts courses abroad. Students may need to take summer classes to fulfill the general education requirements and meet 60-credit-hour minimum for degree completion.