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 (summer I 2018 - fall 2018)

GIST 2000–Global and International Studies (3 credits)

This course, offered all semesters, is 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 1100–Special topics in global studies (1 credit)

These are the special topics being offered in fall 2018. For more information, please see our flyer.

  • Language and Globalization with Dr. Jeffrey Angles
  • Elections Across the Planet with Dr. Peter Wielhouwer
  • Migration, Pilgrimage, and Exile with Dr. Pablo Pastrana-Perez
GIST 3500–French and Francophone Literature of Refugees (3 credits)

Cross-listed course offering with the Department of World Languages and Literatures for fall 2018, taught by Dr. Vincent Desroches.

GIST 4900–Senior Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

This baccalaureate-level writing and GIST major required course will be offered fall 2018, taught by Dr. Thomas Kostrzewa.

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. 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.

Find fall 2018 courses by GIST focus field

Check the WMU course offerings for course details.

Summer II 2018 Courses

Department Semester Dept. Crse No. Course Name Credits Instr Method
African American and African Studies Sum II AAAS 2800 Topic: African Woman's History 3 Online
 Anthropology Sum II ANTH 1200 Peoples of the World 3 Traditional
  Sum II ANTH 3440 The First Americans 3 Online
  Sum II ANTH 3470 Ethnicity/Multiculturalism 3 Online
Art, Frostic School of Sum II ART 2200 History of Art 3 Online
Business Sum II BUS 2200 Introduction to Global Business 3 Traditional
  Sum II BUS 3960 Study Abroad Seminar 1 to 6 Study Abroad
 Chinese Sum II CHIN 2800 Chinese Calligraphy 3 Traditional
Dance Sum II DANC 1250 Argentine Tango 1 Traditional
Economics Sum I/II ECON 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 Hybrid
  Sum II ECON  3870 Studies in Asian Economies 3 Traditional
  Sum II ECON 3880 African Economies 3 Hybrid
English Sum II ENGL 2110 Folklore and Mythology 3 Online
Environmental Studies Sum II ENVS 4010 The Cost of Water 3 Online
Family and Consumer Sciences Sum II FCS 2170 Diverse Children, Families, & Comm 3 Online
  Sum II FCS 3150 Global Ecology of the Family 3 Online
Gender and Women's Studies Sum II GWS 3200 Women, Global & Social Change 3 Online
 Geography Sum II GEOG 3060 Climatic Change:Atmosph Persp 3 Online
Geosciences Sum II GEOS 1000 Dynamic Earth 4 Online
  Sum II GEOS 1440 Environmental Earth Science 3 Online
Global and International Studies Sum II GIST 2000 Global and International Studies 3 Online
Health Services Sum II HSV 4400 Diversity/Inclusion in H&HS 3 Online
 History Sum II HIST 3030 World History Since 1500 3 Traditional
Holistic Health Care Sum II HOL 2000 Choices in Global Living 3 Online
  Sum II HOL 5303 Tai Chi to Enhance Living 1 Traditional
Japanese Sum II JPNS 2750 Japanese Life & Culture 3 Traditional
Medieval Studies Sum II MDVL 1450 Heroes and Villains 3 Online
Political Science Sum II PSCI 2400 Comparative Politics 3 Traditional
  Sum II PSCI 3400 European Politics 4 Traditional
  Sum II  PSCI 5490 Gender and Development 4 Traditional
Religion, Comparative Sum II REL 1000 Religions of the World 4 Hybrid/Online
  Sum II REL 2010 Buddhism 4 Online/Hybrid
Spanish Sum II SPAN 4100 Studies in Hispanic Culture 3 Traditional
Teaching English Learners Sum II TEL  5150  Intro to ESL/Bilingual Ed 3 Online
World Languages and Literature  Sum II LANG 3500 Classical Greek & Roman Mythology 3  Traditional
   Sum II LANG 5800 Summer Study in Quebec 1 to 12 Study Abroad
Fall 2018 Courses

Department

Dept. Course no. Title Credits
African American and African Studies AAAS 2000 Intro to AfAmer/African Studies 3
  AAAS 3000 Af & AfAm Hist, Cult, Exp to 1865 3
Anthropology ANTH 1100 Lost Worlds/Archaeology 3
  ANTH 1200 Peoples of the World 3
  ANTH 2400 Principles of Cultural Anthropology 3
  ANTH 3440 The First Americans 3
  ANTH 3450 Native American History/Culture 3
  ANTH 3470 Ethnicity/Multiculturalism 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 3900 20th Century Art 1945-Present 3
Biological Sciences BIOS 1050 Environmental Biology 3
  BIOS 3010 Ecology 3
Business BUS 2200 Introduction to Global Business 3
Chinese CHIN 2750 Chinese Life & Culture 3
  CHIN 2800 Chinese Calligraphy 3
Classics CLAS 3500 Greek & Roman Mythology 3
  CLAS 3510 Power & Morality in Roman World 3
Communication, School of COM 2000 Human Communication Theory 3
  COM 4740 Intercultural Communication 3
Dance DANC 1450 Experiencing Dance 3
Economics ECON 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  ECON 3800 International Economics-Honors 3
  ECON 3880 African Economies 3
  ECON 3890 Latin American Economies 3
English ENGL 2110 Folklore & Mythology 3
  ENGL 3120 Western World Lit 3
  ENGL 3160 Storytellers 3
  ENGL 3300 British Literature I 3
  ENGL 3310 British Literature II 3
Environmental Studies ENVS 1100 Nature and Society 4
  ENVS 2250 Environmental Ecology 3
  ENVS 3000 Introduction to Sustainability 4
  ENVS 3600 Environment and Culture 3
  ENVS 4110 Climate Change and Society 3
  ENVS 4120 Cultural Studies and Climate 3
Family and Consumer Studies FCS 2170 Diverse Children, Families, & Comm 3
  FCS 3150 Global Ecology of the Family 3
Gender and Women's Studies GWS 3200 Women, Global & Social Change 3
  GWS 3700 Gen & Sxlty Mod Chin Lit Cul 3
Geography GEOG 1000 World Ecology Problems 4
  GEOG 1020 Wld Geography-Media/Maps 3
  GEOG 1050 Physical Geography 4
  GEOG 2050 Human Geography 3
  GEOG 3200 Culinary Tourism 3
  GEOG 3810 South America 3
  GEOG 3820 Mexico & Caribbean 3
  GEOG 3830 China, Japan, And Korea 3
Geosciences GEOS 1000 Dynamic Earth 4
  GEOS 1050 Dinosaurs 3
  GEOS 3220 Ocean Systems 3
Global and International Studies GIST 1100 Language and Globalization 1
  GIST 1100 Elections Across the Planet 1
  GIST 1100 Migration, Pilgrimage, & Exile 1
  GIST 2000 Global & International Studies 3
  GIST 3500 Fren/Francoph Lit of Refugees 3
  GIST 4900 Senior Capstone Seminar 3
  GIST 4980 Internship 3
  GIST 4980 Independent Study 1 to 6
Health Services HSV 4400 Diversity/Inclusion in H&HS 3
History HIST 1000 Early 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 3100 Age of Samurai 3
  HIST 3105 U.S. in the Global Era 3
  HIST 3200 American Military History 3
  HIST 3300 Canadian History and Culture 3
  HIST 3330 World since 1945 3
  HIST 3510 Ancient Rome (WI) 3
  HIST 3618 Cold War to EU (WI) 3
  HIST 3768 Modern China (WI) 3
  HIST 3790 WWII in US and Japanese History 3
  HIST 3850 Modern Middle East 3
  HIST 3880 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
  HOL 5380 Eastern Thought and Practice 3
Honor's College LHC 3202 Modernism in Art and Lit 3
Japanese JPNS 2750 Japanese Language & Culture 3
Lewis Walker Institute LWIR 3000 Immigration, Race & Ethnicity in U.S. 3
Management MGMT 4100 Multinational Management 3
Medieval Studies MDVL 1450 Heroes and Villains 3
Philosophy PHIL 3110 Political Philosophy 3
  PHIL 3120 Philosophy of Art 3
  PHIL 3500 The Modern Worldview 3
Political Science PSCI 2400 Comparative Politics 3
  PSCI 2500 International Relations 4
  PSCI 3400 European Politics 4
  PSCI 3410 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 4
  PSCI 3450 Latin American Politics 4
  PSCI 3460 Women/Developing Countries 4
  PSCI 3500 American Foreign Policy 4
  PSCI 3510 Terrorism and Political Violence 3
Public Administration PADM 2000 Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership 3
Religion, Comparative REL 1000 Religions of the World 4
  REL 2000 Thinking About Religion 4
  REL 2010 Buddhism 4
  REL 2020 Religion in China 4
  REL 2030 Religion in Japan 4
  REL 2050 Christianity 4
  REL 3025 The Qur'an 4
  REL 3180 Death, Dying and Beyond 4
  REL 3190 Religion and Health 4
  REL 3230 Religion and Revolution 4
  REL 3320 Relig & Social Ethics 4
  REL 3340 Rel in Modern Societ 4
  REL 3360 Zen & Buddhist Meditation 4
  REL 5100 Religion, Culture and Health I 3
Sociology SOC 3140 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 3390 Contemporary Latin America 3
World Languages and Literatures LANG 2500 The Nature of Language 4
  LANG 3750 Fren/Francophone Lit of Refugee 3
  LANG 3750 Images of West in Arabic Lit 3
  LANG 3750 Gen & Sxlty Mod Chin Lit Cul 3