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Global Studies Concentration

Global Studies Concentration

Global Studies Concentration
(18 semester credit hours)

The Global Studies Concentration is an eighteen (18) semester hour program designed to aid students in understanding the complex interrelationships among nations and peoples within the global society. The program presents a cross-disciplinary approach that allows students to explore the impact of forces such as culture / ethnicity / race, imperialism, globalization, industrialization, environmental sustainability, resistance movements, peace movements, and access to natural and human resources, including water, food, healthcare and education. It establishes a unique foundation for the pursuit of varied majors and careers, from liberal arts to social sciences to business.

Most courses included in the concentration meet the general education requirements and have IAI transfer codes. However, students should work closely with the Global Studies Coordinator to ensure that they are taking the needed courses in each general education area and are not taking more than one course with the same IAI number. Also, students should be aware that not all courses and sections included in the concentration will meet Oakton's Contemporary Global Studies General Education requirement. Global Studies students will complete this requirement by taking the core course, SSC 201, Introduction to Global Studies.

Students meeting the requirements for the concentration will have a notation added to their transcript indicating successful completion. In order to receive this designation, students must complete a Global Studies Concentration Completion Form and meet with the Global Studies Coordinator.

Required Courses

  • SSC 201 - Introduction to Global Studies, 3 semester credit hours
  • One semester of a Modern Language.
    • Students may test out of this requirement if they already have a working knowledge of a second language or if their first language is not English.
    • Students are reminded that only a Modern Language course of 202 or higher counts for transfer to a four-year institution.

Choose four (4) additional courses that are designated as Global Studies courses or sections. A comprehensive list of approved sections each semester will be available on this website.

  • Choose at least one from Area D and one from Area E.
  • Students are encouraged to focus their study on a specific region of the world ( Latin America , for example) or a specific global issue (sustainability, for example).

Global Scholars

Students can choose to meet higher requirements in order to be recognized as Global Scholars on their transcripts.

  • Complete all requirements above.
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA
  • Complete at least two semesters of a Modern Language and/or participate in a study abroad experience (either short-term or long-term).

For more information, please contact Katherine Schuster, Ph.D., Global Studies Coordinator, 847-376-7118,

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