Program Overview

San Jose State University offers a Bachelor's in Global Studies for students interested in taking part in a program that may expand their understanding of international relations in examination of international socioeconomic and political issues. Students will study globalization and its effects on global culture and international relationships and how globalization has affected different cultures. Additionally, students may learn about different cultures in order to develop an international understanding of cultural values in order to compare different cultures. Students will be taught how culture, history, religion, and social organization are factored into the process of promoting technology in these areas.  

Students will focus on a curriculum that involves development of advanced cataloguing, classification, and retrieval of information within a library system. The curriculum consists of courses which include the culture and civilizations of other lands, energy, resources, and climate change, social, political, and ethical dimensions of global sustainability.

Individuals should have the capability to identify, analyze, and interpret the theories involved in the economic, social, and political activities of international relations, to understand the impact of technology on international relations and communication, to understand sociological and technical systems involved in international relation and understand the effect of globalization and technology on global society, and to understand global events and current developments in international relations in relation to historical activity in global relations.

Throughout the program, students may expand their capacity to perform cultural comparisons between their own cultural, political, and social values and those held by other cultures.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1857, San Jose State University began as Minns' Evening Normal School, which trained teachers for the developing frontier. San Jose State's location in the Silicon Valley makes it an exceptionally rewarding learning environment for students. Silicon Valley firms and agencies seek SJSU students for internships, summer work programs and for assistance with research and development projects. Silicon Valley firms employ more graduates from SJSU than from any other university in the nation. 

    San Jose State University offers undergraduate and graduate programs from the following schools and colleges:

    • College of Applied Sciences and Arts
    • Lucas College and Graduate School of Business
    • Connie L. Lurie College of Education
    • Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
    • College of Humanities and the Arts
    • College of International and Extended Studies
    • College of Science
    • College of Social Sciences

    Professional Degree Programs (PDP) offered through Special Session allow working people to earn graduate degrees and certificates at their own pace and schedule, often online or off campus. The courses are offered online or in the Silicon Valley rather than on campus.


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