Our sincerest congratulations to all of those who graduated in spring and are graduating this summer!

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

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 7 p.m., the Homer Stryker School of Medicine is hosting a global health lecture: "Bannock for Breakfast, Empanadas for Lunch and a Baguette for Dinner: Dr. Tavakoli's foreign aid experience throughout his career". Dr. Tavakoli is a WMed Family Medicine Resident. The lecture will take place at W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus TBL-2 (2nd floor), 300 Portage Street, Kalamazoo. Please RSVP for the event by May 25, 2017 to Teresa Martinez.

Our advising hours for summer have changed:

Walk-in Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

Appointment only: All other times from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday


We are offering an online section of GIST 2000 - Global and International Studies for the Summer II session.

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

This fall, GIST will be offering a new topics course on Imperialism, GIST 3500. See the flyer below for more details.

We are accepting a new world language and literature (LANG) course, LANG 1000 - Hindi/Urdu, being offered this fall 2017, toward a GIST major, minor, or 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 3 credits and satisfies General Education Area II: Humanities.

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. Please 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.