JCC trustees approve plans for global studies degree

JAMESTOWN – A new degree program that will prepare students for the reality of globalization and the interconnectedness of nations and economies may soon be available at James-town Community College.

The college’s board of trustees approved a resolution supporting the registration of a new associate in arts degree in global studies to be offered on JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses.

The de-gree proposal now goes to the State University of New York and subsequently the New York State Education Department for review and registration with initial availability of the degree anticipated at some point in 2014.

“The global studies degree prepares students to operate in an increasingly interconnected world by promoting critical perspectives on the social, cultural, environmental, political, and economic issues and processes associated with globalization,” said Marilyn A. Za-gora, JCC’s vice president/dean of academic af-fairs.

The proposed degree is appropriate for students seeking a two-year degree in global studies as a ladder to a baccalaureate degree in global studies or a related area of social sciences or humanities concerning international matters, as well as to other citizens interested in continued study in global, international, or cultural studies.

Dr. Zagora noted that the proposed degree represents a collaborative effort be-tween the college’s humanities and social sciences faculty with leadership from Laura Anderson, Theresa Baginski, Gregory Rabb and Martha Zenns.

The proposed program is linked to one of the priorities of JCC’s 2009-2014 strategic plan which focuses on developing global perspectives.