The global and international studies program has a new director! Dr. Susan Pozo began her service as GIST director July 1, 2017. We sincerely thank Dr. Laura Hastings for all of the hard work she has done for the program during her time as director.

The latest edition of the global and international studies newsletter, Western Worldwide - Spring/Summer 2017, is now available.

Change in advising hours

Our advising hours for August 2017 have changed:

Walk-in hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Appointment only: Monday through Friday, 3 to 5 p.m.


GIST 2000–Global and International Studies will be available online for the summer II session.

A-S 3900 - The College of Arts and Sciences will once again be offering 1-credit global engagement seminar courses this fall semester.

  • A-S 3900–Elections Across the Planet with Dr. Peter Wielhouwer
  • A-S 3900–Indigenous Environmental Activism with Dr. Vincent Lyon-Callo

GIST 3500–Imperialism is a new GIST topics course to be offered this fall. See the flyer below for more details.

GIST 3500–Storytellers is a new GIST topics course to be offered this fall. See the flyer below for more details.

LANG 1000–Hindi/Urdu, being offered this fall 2017, is a new course that will be accepted toward a GIST major or minor, or an Asian Studies minor.

PHIL 3140–Philosophy and Public Affairs is a philosophical examination of the principles and values underlying contemporary social issues, and can be taken toward the Inequality and Social Responsibility, Global Health and Environment, and States, Security, and Transnational Governance GIST focus fields. For the fall 2017 course, the focus is on the contemporary issues of privilege, power and oppression. Topics covered include racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, religious oppression, and xenophobia. This course is three credits and satisfies General Education Area II: Humanities.

Need to take some online courses fall 2017? See our list of online courses applicable toward GIST majors or minors.

Pre-Approved Course List

Summer and fall 2017 courses are available. Please check the registration schedule to see when you can start enrolling in courses.

In-class courses offered summer II that you can take toward a GIST major or minor include ANTH 3470–Ethnicity/Multiculturalism, HIST 3030–World History since 1500, PSCI 3400–European Politics, SOC 2000–Principles of Sociology, and others. Click the button below for a complete list.



2016-17 CATALOG

Increasingly, employers are looking for international experience. If you're interested in gaining an edge, the global and international studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University may be the right major for you. WMU is flexible and responsive to the ever-changing demands of the world. To meet the needs of society, WMU investigates, develops, and produces new knowledge; contributes to technological and economic advancement; and elevates the human condition through community outreach and engaged scholarship.

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Prefix change from INTL to GIST
Starting fall 2016 all courses offered through the global and international studies program will be listed under the prefix GIST. This change represents the need to distinguish global and international studies courses from study abroad courses as it was causing confusion among students and University staff.