Global Studies

Why major in Global Studies?

The Global Studies program at Saddleback College takes an interdisciplinary approach to the process of globalization and the many contemporary global issues of our time. Students will learn about their place in an interconnected world by engaging a broad scope of perspectives and gaining valuable critical thinking and communication skills for the marketplace. Our program welcomes both new students seeking GE credit in a fascinating subject matter and those interested in transferring to Global Studies programs at the university level.

A major in Global Studies serves as a first step for students pursuing careers in multinational organizations and NGOs, international affairs, public policy, international business and/or law, global governance, journalism, and academia.


Global Studies Faculty 

Maureen Smith

Office BGS 350

Phone: 949-582-4210

Dan Walsh

(Spring 2022 Chair) Office BGS 350

Phone: (949) 582-4398

Austin Beahm   

Office BGS 348


Phone: 949-582-4868 (email preferred) 

Students and Faculty

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  1. Learn contents and methods of global studies, across the fields of business/economics, history/politics, geography/environment, and society/culture.
  2. Learn skills essential to professional success, such as managing empirical information, writing syntheses, and composing oral and written papers based on evidence.
  3. Move beyond information and skills to achieve true professional understanding, emphasizing the interconnected character of human and environmental problems on a global scale and how multidisciplinary approaches must be used to solve them.

Courses Offered

Global Studies


GLST 1: Introduction to Global Studies (3 units)

GLST 2: Global Issues (3 units)