Global Studies Focus Award

The courses included in PCC's Global Studies Focus Award foster a rich understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the world. Students who successfully complete a minimum of four courses for a total of twelve credits or more from the Global Studies Focus Award requirements have the distinction of receiving a Global Studies Focus Award, which recognizes a foundation in international studies. These studies encourage broader reflections about the nature of culture and how it shapes everything from worldview to everyday life. Above all the curriculum enables students to develop a multidimensional perspective on the world, its many cultures, as well as their own life experiences. Students earning a Focus Award will be in a position to apply these perspectives and demonstrate cultural understanding to prospective employers and transfer colleges. This award is especially useful for students seeking to minor or major in International Studies at Portland State University, as well as other institutions offering and internationally-focused major or minor.

For the most up-to-date information for the Global Studies Focus Award, please contact Ron Bekey.

Students who are applying for the Global Studies Focus Award should fill out the online application form.

Global Studies Focus Award Requirements

Students must complete four courses for a total of twelve credits or more:  

1) INTL 201: Introduction to International Studies.

2) a course from the Global Arts & Letters list.

3) a course from the Global Social Science list.

4) a course from either Global Arts & Letters or Global Social Science list.

In addition to the formal coursework outlined above, students are strongly encouraged to expand their learning beyond the classrooms by attending internationally-focused events on campus and in the community and by participating in a study abroad program. Those who do will be extremely well prepared to transfer to the International Studies program at the bachelor's and graduate levels.  

Required course
INTL 201Introduction to International Studies4
Global Social Science Courses
ATH 103Introduction to Cultural Anthropology4
ATH 207Anthropological Theories, Methods, and Fieldwork4
ATH 208World Ethnography4
ATH 209Culture, Change, and the Individual4
ATH 212Introduction to Shamanism4
ATH 214Environment, Animals, and Culture4
EC 221Globalization and International Relations4
GEO 105Human Geography4
GEO 106World Regional Geography4
GEO 202Geography of Europe4
GEO 204Geography of Middle East4
GEO 209Climate Change and Human Systems4
GEO 212Geography of Global Issues4
GEO 215Geography of Latin America4
GEO 230Geography of Race & Ethnicity4
GEO 250Geography of Africa4
HST 101History of Western Civilization: Ancient to Medieval4
HST 101HHistory of Western Civilization: Ancient to Medieval Honors4
HST 102History of Western Civilization: Medieval to Modern4
HST 102HHistory of Western Civilization: Medieval to Modern - Honors4
HST 103History of Western Civilization: Modern Europe4
HST 103HHistory of Western Civilization: Modern Europe - Honors4
HST 104History of the Middle East4
HST 105History of India and South Asia4
HST 106History of China4
HST 107History of Korea and Japan4
HST 270History of Mexico4
HST 271History of Central America and the Caribbean4
HST 284History of Africa4
HST 285The Holocaust4
HST 279Russian History II4
PS 204Comparative Political Systems4
PS 205Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation4
PS 211Peace and Conflict4
PS 220U.S. Foreign Policy4
PS 221Globalization and International Relations4
PS 225Political Ideologies: Idea Systems4
PS 242Modern China and Its Neighbors4
SOC 221Globalization and International Relations (SOC 221, PS 221 or EC 221 also meets requirements.)4
WS 101Women's Studies4
WS 201Intercultural Women's Studies4
Global Arts & Letters Courses
ART 207History of Asian Art: Art and Architecture of India4
ART 208History of Asian Art: Art and Architecture of China4
ART 209History of Asian Art: Art and Architecture of Japan4
CHLA 201Intro to Chicanx/Latinx Studies: Historical Perspectives4
CHLA 202Intro to Chicanx/Latinx Studies: Contemporary Issues4
CHLA 203Intro to Chicanx/Latinx Studies: Making Culture4
CHN 201Second Year Chinese5
CHN 202Second Year Chinese5
CHN 203Second Year Chinese5
CHN 260Chinese Culture3
COMM 140Introduction to Intercultural Communication4
ENG 107Introduction to World Literature (Up to 16th-Century)4
ENG 108Introduction to World Literature (16th-Century to Present)4
ENG 207Literature of India4
ENG 208Literature of China4
ENG 209Literature of Japan4
ENG 213Latin American Literature4
ENG 217Literature of Genocide4
FR 201Second Year French - First Term4
FR 202Second Year French - Second Term4
FR 203Second Year French - Third Term4
GER 201Second Year German - First Term4
GER 202Second Year German - Second Term4
GER 203Second Year German - Third Term4
JPN 201Second Year Japanese - First Term5
JPN 202Second Year Japanese - Second Term5
JPN 203Second Year Japanese - Third Term5
JPN 260AJapanese Culture3
JPN 261A3
JPN 262AJapanese Popular Culture3
MUS 108Music as Culture3
PHL 210Introduction to Asian Philosophy4
R 201Asian Religions4
R 210World Religions4
RUS 201Second Year Russian - First Term5
RUS 202Second Year Russian - Second Term5
RUS 203Second Year Russian - Third Term5
RUS 241Great Russian Writers-19th Century4
RUS 242Great Russian Writers-20th Century4
SPA 201Second Year Spanish - First Term4
SPA 202Second Year Spanish - Second Term4
SPA 203Second Year Spanish - Third Term4