These are the expectations for a course to meet the SMC Global Citizenhsip requirement:

The Global Citizenship degree requirement: A student meeting the Global Citizenship AA requirement would develop an awareness of the diversity of cultures within the United States and/or an appreciation for the interconnectedness of cultural, ecological, economic, political, social and technological systems of the contemporary world. This prepares the student to make a responsible contribution to a rapidly changing global society. The student must take a minimum of three units in one of the following areas: American Cultures, Ecological Literacy, Global Studies, Service Learning or Study Abroad Experience.

American Cultures (no change)

To fulfill the American Cultures requirement for the AA degree from Santa Monica College, students must complete one of the 3-unit courses listed below with a passing grade. These courses use a comparative framework to explore how the American identity and experience have been shaped—and will continue to be shaped—by a diverse array of cultural influences and traditions. Each course compares and contrasts a least three American Cultures from a selection that includes Latino American, African American, Asian American, Native American, and European American.

Ecological Literacy

Ecological literacy requires interdisciplinary understanding of both nature and humanity. This includes scientific examination of the interactions between and within the systems and cycles of the atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere, which together provide the basis for life on Earth. Ecological literacy also includes awareness and understanding of the many continuing impacts that human beings have had on natural environments, at scales ranging from the local to the global, and how those impacts are linked to the sustainability of social, cultural, and political-economic systems. An ecologically literate citizen strives to preserve and enhance the quality of life on Earth, for the benefit of future generations, and for local and non-local neighbor communities, as well as one's own.

Any course whose content focuses primarily on one or more of the following three areas (a-c) should significantly develop Ecological Literacy and thus fulfill SMC’s curriculum requirement in Global Citizenship:

  1. Conceptual foundations of our environmental attitudes, values and challenges from a variety of cultural perspectives.
  2. Scientific understanding of Earth’s natural systems and cycles, emphasizing humanity’s role as the planet’s ecologically dominant species and how that affects the continuing viability of habitats for life on Earth
  3. Analysis of human activity and its impact on Earth’s natural environments, both local and global, and the shorter-and longer-term implications for the planet’s livability and sustainability.
  4. In addition, it will be expected that at least one student learning outcome (SLO) is developed that reflects the ecological literacy focus of the course.

Global Studies

These courses will explore the factors that have shaped our global community and provide students with an understanding of their roles in relationship to other peoples and systems on a global level. A course included in the Global Studies category of this requirement will meet the following criteria:

  1. Course content is explored primarily through a global perspective.
  2. A comparative framework is used, including comparisons to at least two societies or cultures outside the United States.
  3. Course material has contemporary significance.
  4. Course content addresses at least two interconnected systems (such as cultural, ecological, economic, political, social and technological systems).
  5. Course content addresses at least two interconnected systems At least one student learning outcome (SLO) is developed that reflects the global, comparative, interconnected focus.

Service Learning

Service learning is an instructional method that fosters civic responsibility by integrating community service with academic instruction. A student may satisfy the Global Citizenship AA Requirement via Service Learning in one of two ways:

  1. a. Successful completion of any course which utilizes service learning as a “significant” pedagogy.

    - The required hours of service must be at least 20 per semester.

    - The academic rigor of the course must be supported by the use of service learning.

    - Structured written and/or oral reflection activities must be ongoing, involve instructor feedback to students, and be structured in such a way to help achieve the course and/or assignment objectives.

    - The service-learning component of the course need to be integrated into the grading criteria for the course such that it contributes to at least 20% of the grade.

  2. Successful completion of a 3-unit independent study course based on service-learning pedagogy. Course to be proposed to the Curriculum Committee.
If you believe your proposed course can fulfill this requirement, please complete and submit the application.


  • Art 72: American Art History
  • Biology 9: Environmental Biology
  • Communications 10: Journalism, Gender and Race
  • Dance 2: Dance in American Culture
  • Early Childhood Education 60: Child Observation and Assessment
  • English 10: Ethnic Literature of the U.S.
  • Film Studies 7: American Cinema: Crossing Cultures
  • Geography 14: Geography of California
  • History 10: Ethnicity and American Culture
  • Music 33: Jazz in American Culture (if taken Fall, 2005 or later)
  • Music 37: Music in American Culture
  • Nutrition 7: Food and Culture in America
  • Political Science 21: Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Difference
  • Psychology 18: Childhood-Culture and Personality (same as ECE 18)
  • Sociology 34: Ethnic Relations in American Society
  • Speech 4: Interpretation-Performing Literature Across Cultures
  • Speech 7: Intercultural Communication