Courses

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Michelle Schmitt, global and international studies alumna

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.

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Please check the WMU course offerings for course details.

Spring 2018 Courses

Department Dept. Crse No. Course Name Credits
         
African American and African Studies AAAS 2000 Intro to Africana Studies 3
  AAAS 3010 AfAm Hist,Cult,Exp 1988-Present 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 3090 Archaeology: Inequality and Resistance 3
  ANTH 3440 The First Americans 3
  ANTH 3450 Archaeology of the Classical World 3
  ANTH 3530 Bioarchaeology 3
  ANTH 3560 Food and Culture 3
Arabic ARAB 2750 Life and Culture of the Arabs 3
 Art, Frostic School of ART 2200 History of Art 3
  ART 2210 History of Art 3
  ART 3210 Medieval Foreign Encounters 3
  ART 3210 Global Art after 1989 3
  ART 3210 World Textile Art 3
Arts and Sciences, College of A-S 3900 Global Engagement Topic (TBA) 3
  A-S 3900 Global Engagement Topic (TBA) 3
  A-S 3900 Global Engagement Topic (TBA) 3
 Biological Sciences BIOS 1620 Ecology and Evolution 3
  BIOS 3200 Climate Change Biology 3
Business BUS 2200 Introduction to Global Business 3
  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 3050 Free Speech in the U.S. & U.K. 3
  COM 3400 Global Media Literacy 3
  COM 4740 Intercultural Communication 3
Dance DANC 2450 Ballet History 3
Economics ECON 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  ECON  3870 Studies in Asian Economies 3
  ECON 3880 African Economies 3
English ENGL 2110 Folklore and Mythology 3
  ENGL 3060 Rhetoric, Writing & Culture 4
  ENGL 3120 Western World Lit 3
  ENGL 3130 Asian Literature 3
  ENGL 3160 Storytellers 3
  ENGL 3300 British Literature I 3
  ENGL 3310 British Literature II 3
  ENGL 3770 Language in Multilingual Classroom 3
Environmental Studies ENVS 1000 Climate Challenged Society 3
  ENVS 1100 Nature and Society 3
  ENVS 2150 Environmental Systems and Cycles 3
  ENVS 3000 Introduction to Sustainability 3
  ENVS 3400 Environmental Policy 3
Family and Consumer Sciences FCS 2170 Diverse Children, Families, & Comm 3
  FCS 3150 Global Ecology of the Family 3
French FREN 3230 Life & cultr-Francophone World 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 3200 Culinary Tourism 3
  GEOG 3810 South America 3
  GEOG 3820 Mexico & Caribbean 3
  GEOG 3830 Geography of Europe 3
  GEOG 4180 Tourism Planning & Development 3
Geosciences GEOS 1000 Dynamic Earth 3
  GEOS 1440 Environmental Earth Science 3
  GEOS 1500 Disasters and Risk Management 3
  GEOS 3220 Ocean Systems 3
German GER 2750 Xenophobia and the Holocaust 3
  GER 3220 German Life & Culture 3
Global and International Studies GIST 2000 Global and International Studies 3
  GIST 3500 Ethics of War 3
  GIST  4980 Internship 3
  GIST 4980 Independent Study 3
 Health Services 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 3010 Modern Arts & Ideas 3
  HIST 3015 History and Film 3
  HIST 3020 World History to 1500 3
  HIST 3030 World History Since 1500 3
  HIST 3060 Technology and Culture 3
  HIST 3105 U.S. in the Global Era 3
  HIST 3200 American Military History 3
  HIST 3360 Women European History 3
  HIST 3600 Medieval World 3
  HIST 3612 Thirty Years' War 3
  HIST 3616 Europe 1914-1945 (WI) 3
  HIST 3760 Modern East Asia 3
  HIST 3790 WWII in US and Japanese History 3
  HIST 4495 Topics Euro Hist & Cult 3
Holistic Health Care HOL 2000 Choices in Global Living 3
  HOL 5300 Chi-Gong 1
  HOL 5304 Yoga to Enhance Living 1
  HOL 5380 Eastern Thought and Practice 3
Honor's College LHC 3201 Art of the Book 3
  LHC 3204 Postmodern Dystopias 3
Japanese JPNS 5200 Topics in Japanese Linguistics 3
Lewis Walker Institute LWIR 3000 Immigration, Race & Ethnicity in U.S. 3
  LWIR 4000 Research in Race & Ethnic Relations 3
Management MGMT 4100 Multinational Management 3
Medieval Studies MDVL 1450 Heroes and Villains 3
Music MUS 1700 Introduction to Music History 3
  MUS 3120 Explorations in World Music 3
 Philosophy PHIL 3010 History of Modern Philosophy 3
  PHIL 3140 Ethics of War 3
  PHIL 3140 Phil/Public Affairs 3
  PHIL 3500 The Modern Worldview 3
Political Science PSCI 2400 Comparative Politics 3
  PSCI 2500 International Relations 4
  PSCI 2500 International Relations-HC 4
  PSCI 3060 Environmental Politics 4
  PSCI 3450 Latin American Politics 4
  PSCI 3490 Chinese Politics 3
  PSCI 3500 American Foreign Policy 4
  PSCI 4400 European Union 3
  PSCI 4410 Issues in International Politics 3
Public Administration PADM 2000 Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership 3
Religion, Comparative REL 1000 Religions of the World 4
  REL 2010 Buddhism 4
  REL 2040 Religion in India 4
  REL 2050 Christianity 4
  REL 2080 Religion in Europe 4
  REL 3025 The Qu'ran  
  REL 3320 Religion and Social Ethics 4
  REL 5100 Religion, Culture & Health II 3
 Sociology SOC 2100 Modern Social Problems 3
  SOC 3040 Nonwestern World 3
  SOC 3140 Ethnic Relations 3
  SOC 3350 Modern Latin American Sociology 3
  SOC 4950 Rsch in Race/Ethnic Relations 3
Spanish SPAN 2750 Latino Writing/Latino Culture 3
  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 3240 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics 3
  SPAN 3250 Intro to Spanish Lit 3
  SPAN 3390 Contemporary Latin America 3
  SPAN 4100 Culture of the Caribbean 3
Theatre THEA 3710 Theatre History II 3
 World Languages and Literatures LANG 2500 The Nature of Language 3
  LANG 3500 Classical Greek & Roman Mythology 3
  LANG 3750 Story of Latin 3
  LANG 3750 Love & Morality in GER Lit & Film 3
  LANG 3750 Japan Book to Screen 3
  LANG 3750 Don Quixote 3
  LANG 4040 East-West Literary Relations 3