Courses

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Michelle Schmitt, global and international studies major

As a global and international studies major at Western Michigan University, you will work with the academic advisor to customize a set of courses most appropriate to your interests and career aspirations.

Global and international studies courses

GIST 2000–Global and International Studies (3 credits)

GIST 2000 offers an interdisciplinary introduction to global and international studies as an academic field of inquiry, with emphasis on the historical development of the global system, the global economy, environmental conditions, communications, technology, business, responding to global issues and social identity. Students will explore the relationships between globalizing forces and the countervailing influences of regional and cultural identity.

GIST 3500–Topics in Global and International Studies: International Organizations Simulation (3 credits)

International organizations seek to shape world events and international policies for a variety of reasons. This course will explore the development of these organizations, their goals and methods and their role in the global arena. The course includes a role-playing simulation on international cooperation and governance. Students will represent countries on the United Nations council and engage in negotiation and policy-making. This course can now be used to fulfill General Education Area IV requirement, Other Cultures and Civilizations (permission required).

GIST 4900–Senior Capstone Seminar in Global and International Studies (3 credits)

Taken towards the end of program completion, this course focuses on grant writing, research, presentation skills, and reflection on careers and professionalism.

Course offerings

This list is updated prior to the beginning of each semester. Depending on student needs and departmental resources, actual course offerings may change throughout the registration period. Please contact the global and international studies academic advisor if you would like to apply a course toward the major or minor that is not listed here.

Please check the WMU course offerings for course details.

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

Fall 2017 Courses

Department Dept. Crse No. Course Name Credits
         
Accounting ACTY 4140 Governmental & Nonprof Acctg 3
African American and African Studies AAAS 2000 Intro to Africana Studies 3
  AAAS 2100 Forms of Black Consciousness 3
Anthropology ANTH 1100 Lost Worlds/Archaeology 3
  ANTH 1200 Peoples of the World 3
  ANTH 1500 Race, Biology, and Culture 3
  ANTH 2100 Introduction to Archaeology 3
  ANTH 2400 Principles of Cultural Anthropology 3
  ANTH 3010 Anthropology through Film 3
  ANTH 3060 Archaeology of Civilization 3
  ANTH 3440 The First Americans 3
  ANTH 3470 Ethnicity/Multiculturalism 3
Arabic ARAB 2750 Life and Culture of the Arabs 3
Art, Frostic School of ART 1200 Introduction to Art 3
  ART 1480 Direct Encounter/Art 3
  ART 2200 History of Art 3
  ART 2210 History of Art 3
  ART 2230 Introduction to Asian Art History 3
  ART 3210 Special Topics: Asia Adorned 3
  ART 3210 Special Topics: Medieval Manuscripts 3
Aviation Sciences AVS 1200 Introduction to Aviation 3
  AVS 3220 Global Navigation and International Flight Pl. 3
  AVS 4210 National Security Affairs I  3
  AVS 4280 International Aviation 3
Biological Sciences BIOS 1050 Environmental Biology 3
  BIOS 1620 Ecology and Evolution 3
  BIOS 3010 Ecology 5
Business BUS 3960 Study Abroad Seminar 1 to 6
  BUS 4500 Business Ethics and Sustainability 3
  BUS 6150 Global Business 3
Chinese CHIN 2750 Chinese Life and Culture 3
Communication, School of  COM 2000 Human Communication Theory 3
  COM 2410 Film Communication 3
  COM 3070 Freedom of Expression 3
  COM 4740 Intercultural Communication 3
Dance DANC 1450 Experiencing Dance 3
Economics ECON 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  ECON 3090 Women and the Economy 3
  ECON 3190 Environmental Economics 3
  ECON  3450 Business, Government, and Society 3
  ECON  3800 International Economics 3
  ECON 3880 African Economies 3
  ECON 4840 Comparative Economic Systems 3
English ENGL 2110 Folklore and Mythology 3
  ENGL 2230 African American Literature 4
  ENGL 3160 Storytellers 3
  ENGL 3310 British Literature II 3
  ENGL 3770 Language in Multilingual Classroom 3
  ENGL 4160 Women in Literature 3
Environmental Studies ENVS 1100 Nature and Society 3
  ENVS 2150 Environmental Systems and Cycles 3
  ENVS 2250 Environmental Ecology 3
  ENVS 3000 Introduction to Sustainability 3
  ENVS 3400 Environmental Policy 3
Family and Consumer Sciences FCS 3150 Global Ecology of the Family 3
  FCS 5440 Global Aspects of Fashion Industry 3
  FCS 5680 Gender, Culture, and Families 3
Finance FIN 4120 Global Financial Markets 3
French FREN 2750 Francophone Culture 3
  FREN 5100 St. in French and Francophone Culture 3
Gender and Women's Studies GWS 3200 Women, Global & Social Change 3
Geography GEOG 1000 World Ecology Problems 3
  GEOG 1020 Wild Geography-Media/Maps 3
  GEOG 1050 Physical Geography 3
  GEOG 2050 Human Geography 3
  GEOG 3100 Introduction to Tourism 3
  GEOG 3200 Culinary Tourism 3
  GEOG 3500 Conservation and Environmental Management 3
  GEOG 3810 South America 3
  GEOG 3820 Mexico & Caribbean 3
  GEOG 3890 Monsoon Asia 3
  GEOG 3900 China, Japan, and Korea: Lands &… 3
  GEOG 4240 Biogeography 3
Geosciences GEOS 1000 Dynamic Earth 3
  GEOS 1200 Climate Change Geological Perspectives 3
  GEOS 1440 Environmental Earth Science 3
  GEOS 2320 Int.  Earth System Studies 3
  GEOS 3220 Ocean Systems 3
Global and International Studies GIST 2000 Global and International Studies 3
  GIST 3500 Topics: Imperialism 3
  GIST  3500 Topics: Storytellers 3
  GIST 4980 Direct Research/Field Projects 3
  GIST 5000 Topics in Global Studies 1 to 3
Health Services HSV 2350 Special Topics: Global Health 3
  HSV 4400 Diversity/Inclusion in H&HS 3
History HIST 1000 Early Western World 3
  HIST 1010 Modern Western World 3
  HIST 1450 Heroes/Villains in Mid Ages 3
  HIST 3015 History and Film 3
  HIST 3020 World History to 1500 3
  HIST 3030 World History Since 1500 3
  HIST 3100 Special Topics: Holocaust 3
  HIST 3100 Special Topics: Japanese Civilization 3
  HIST 3330 The World since 1945 3
  HIST 3606 Medieval Europe 1000-1500 3
  HIST 3766 Traditional China 3
  HIST 3790 WWII in US and Japanese History 3
  HIST 3880 Introduction to African Civilization 3
Holistic Health Care HOL 2000 Choices in Global Living 3
  HOL 5301 Meditation to Enhance Living 1
  HOL 5303 Tai Chi to Enhance Living 1
  HOL 5304 Yoga to Enhance Living 1
Human Performance & Health Ed HPHE 4500 Cultural Dynamics of HPHE 3
Italian ITAL 4760 Foreign Study Non-WMU 1 to 16
  ITAL 4770 Foreign Study 1 to 16
Japanese JPNS 2750 Japanese Language and Culture 3
Lewis Walker Institute LWIR 3000 Immigration, Race & Ethnicity in U.S. 3
Management MGMT 4100 Multinational Management 3
Marketing MKTG 2750 Global Negotiation 3
  MKTG 4750 International Marketing 3
Medieval Studies MDVL 1450 Heroes and Villains 3
Music MUS 2700 Music History I 3
  MUS 3120 Explorations in World Music 3
  MUS 3520 World Music in Theory and Practice  4
  MUS 5730 Classical Music (1750-1800) 3
 Philosophy PHIL 3110 Political Philosophy 3
  PHIL 3120 Philosophy of Art 3
  PHIL 3140 Ethics of War 3
  PHIL 3140 Environmental Ethics 3
  PHIL 3140 Phil/Public Affairs-HC 3
  PHIL 3150 Race and Gender Issues 3
Physical Educ-General PEGN 1310 Beginning Karate 1
Political Science PSCI 2400 Comparative Politics 3
  PSCI 2500 International Relations 4
  PSCI 3400 European Politics 4
  PSCI 3410 The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 4
  PSCI 3440 Russian and Central Asian Politics 3 or 4
  PSCI 3450 Latin American Politics 4
  PSCI 3500 American Foreign Policy 4
  PSCI 3510 Terrorism and Political Violence 3
Public Administration PADM 2000 Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership 3
  PADM 4100 Intern in Nonprofit Leadership 1 to 8
Religion, Comparative REL 1000 Religions of the World 4
  REL 2010 Buddhism 4
  REL 20470 Judaism 4
  REL 3230 Religion and Revolution 4
  REL 3320 Religion and Social Ethics 4
  REL 3360 Zen and Buddhist Meditation 4
Sociology SOC 2000 Principles of Sociology 3
  SOC 2100 Modern Social Problems 3
  SOC 3140 Ethnic Relations 3
  SOC 3350 Modern Latin American Sociology 3
Social Work SWRK 3330 Introduction to Culture, Ethnicity, and Institutionalized Inequality in Social Work 3
Spanish SPAN 3210 Life and Culture of Hispanics in US 3
  SPAN 3220 Life-Culture of Spain 3
  SPAN 3230 Life & Culture of Spanish America 3
  SPAN 3390 Contemporary Latin America 3
Theatre THEA 1300 Period Styles of Design 3
World Languages and Literatures LANG 1000 Basic Foreign Languages I - Hindi-Urdu 4
  LANG 2500 The Nature of Language 3
  LANG 3500 Classical Greek & Roman Mythology 3
  LANG 3750 Foreign Lit-Engl Trans 3