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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. This page features specialized course lists for GIST majors and minors updated each semester, special topics courses, study abroad courses and specialty courses.

Course Lists

These lists are 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.

For GIST majors:

Focus Field COURSE lIST

For GIST and area studies minors:

Please note that in the attached list, Asian Studies minor courses are highlighted in orange, Latin American Studies and Latinx and Latin American Studies minor courses are highlighted in green, and Modern European Studies courses are highlighted in light blue/purple.

Minor Electives

Check the WMU course offerings for more detailed class information, such as times, days, professors and locations.

Special Topics courses


Study Abroad Courses

Please see the Study Abroad Office for Program Options

Specialty Courses

GIST 4980-Internship & Service Learning (2-4 credits)

Offered fall and spring semesters. Students participate in one-credit's worth of class time activities and 1-3 credits' worth completing an internship, volunteer work or other service learning activities. Involvement with GIST 4980-Internship & Service Learning is dependent upon an approved application, which can be found on internships webpage.