About the program at NCC

For interacting in an interconnected society, the Global Studies program offers a liberal arts education, focused on international relations, area studies, and/or the environment, with a choice of cultural experiences and languages.  The program will serve students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution as well as students who wish to work in local businesses with a global reach, or government agencies and non-profit organizations serving diverse populations from other countries.

Graduates of the program will be exposed to a wide diversity of knowledge, be asked to do practical thinking and problem-solving, and offered opportunities to explore global challenges and changes through international trips and exchanges. 

Some of the key features

Foundational courses in communication, statistics, science, and political science will be complemented with courses in cultural anthropology and world geography. Contextual courses will help the student begin to build competency in the environment, or political science, or area studies, and their elective and language choices will allow them to further specialize in a region or culture. Study Abroad spring break courses, while not explicitly included in the course of study, are an advantageous complement to the core and directed studies.

For More Information Contact:

Kiki Anastasakos: vanastasakos@northampton.edu; 610.861.5568

Christine Pense, Dean: cpense@northampton.edu

Alison Diefenderfer: adiefenderfer@northampton.edu


Graduates of the program will:

  • Model the characteristics of an active, ethically aware and connected citizen.
  • Demonstrate and apply effective intercultural communication skills across cultures.
  • Articulate how the diverse range of human differences influence the historical and current formation of artistic, economic, social, scientific, cultural or political institutions.
  • Articulate how the range of human differences influence each individual's experience of equality and inequality within a society, its institutions, or its cultures.
  • Analyze how individuals and institutions have addressed persistent global challenges.
  • Assess and evaluate plans to address open-ended and diverse global problems.

Transfer Possibilities

Lehigh University - Global Studies Program
Kutztown University - International Studies Minor
East Stroudsburg University -Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Studies
Albright College - International Relations
Temple University  - International Studies or Language
East Stroudsburg University - International Relations within Political Science

Course Requirements

First Semester

CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3 credits
ENGL 101 English 1 3 credits
GLBL 130 Introduction to Global Studies 3 credits
SOCA 103 Principles of Sociology 3 credits
PHIL 121 World Religions Or
ARTA 101 Art History Survey 3 credits
15 credits total

Second Semester

SOCA 102 (G) Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
MATH 150 Introduction to Statistics 3 credits
ENGL151L English II (Literature) 3 credits
MDLA MDLA Elective 3 credits
GEOG 101 World Geography 3 credits
15 credits total

Summer Semester

Summer Study Abroad OR Field Experience &
Academic Research in Global Studies 3 credits

Third Semester

CMTH 215 Intercultural Communication 3 credits
MDLA MDLA Elective 3 credits
BIOS 104 Field Ecology Or
GEOG 210 Meteorology 4 credits
CISC 101 Introduction to Computers 3 credits
16 credits total

Fourth Semester

GLBL 230 Global Studies Capstone 3 credits
Science Elective (SCI) 3 or 4 credits
Directed Elective 3 credits
Directed Elective 3 credits
12 or 13 credits total
61/62 total program credits

*One Directed Elective must be completed in a Writing Intensive (WI) section

*The student is recommended to take a language elective before the summer semester abroad.  6 credits of the same language are required.

*Not all study abroad courses may run every summer.  Options include: INTS 201, POLS 150, POLS 170, GLBL 160

*Directed Electives include the following choices in political science, environmental studies, and area studies: POLS 101, Introduction to Political Science, POLS 202 International Relations, POLS 205 Women and Politics, GEOG 121 Environmental Sustainability, GEOG 140 Investigating Climate Change, HIST 140, History of Modern China, HIST 173(G) Modern European History, HIST 168(G) History of the Middle East, ENGL 250(G) Latin American Literature, HUMA 150 The Nature of the Environment, [BUSA 115, Introduction to International Business]*

*Pending AA/AS elective approval

Careers in Global Studies

Global Cultural Industries: music, film, sports - MTV, Disney, the NBA, Coca-Cola
Global Environment: World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Sierra International
Global Health: World Health Org (WHO), Ctr for Disease Control (CDC)
Global Marketing Agencies: BBDO, DDB, J. Walter Thompson, Leo Burnett
Human Justice Organizations: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch
International Governing Agencies: UN, World Bank, IMF
International Service Agencies: Red Cross, CARE, UNICEF, Peace Corps
International Developmental Agencies: U.S. A.I.D., relief funds
International Businesses: Sony, Microsoft, Apple, medicine and pharmaceuticals
Mass Communication: CNN, ESPN, Rodale Int., foreign correspondence
Travel & Tourism: travel agencies, global tours, cruise lines
U.S. Government Offices & Agencies: Foreign Service, State Department

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