GIST's fall events!

Fall Welcome ft. Indian Chai

Thursday, September 6, 2019 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 2041 Moore Hall (GIST Conference Room)

Please join us in welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to WMU for the 2019-2020 school year. We will be featuring the tea culture and traditions of India, including serving Indian chai (tea) and a traditional snack. A short cultural lesson on Indian chai will be available for viewing. This event has been approved as a Signature: Global Engagement event.

Visiting Scholar Lecture "The Changing Identity of Latinos in the U.S. Today" with Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall

Introduced by WMU President Edward Montgomery, Dr. Lopez of the Pew Research Center will discuss Latino identity in the U.S. in honor of Hispanic Heritage month and preceding the rollout of the new Latinx and Latin American Studies minor at WMU. The lecture will be followed by a small reception outside of 2028 Brown featuring light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. This event has been approved as a Signature: Global Engagement event.

GIST Career Workshop

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Lounge

Have you ever wondered what job possibilities exist for those graduating with a GIST major? This is your perfect opportunity to get a taste of this reality and to learn from experienced GIST alumni and others in the global professions what you can start doing now to get there. Panelists will be available to discuss opportunities for internships, study abroad, teaching English abroad, Peace Corps service, and more. A virtual panel of alumni, including those working for the Foreign Service, higher education, and  the U.S. House of Representatives in D.C. will discuss where they are now and how they got there. Resume critiquing will be available also. Please come for the whole workshop or, if you have limited time, review our tentative schedule to see which panel(s) will be occurring when. Contact us with questions! This event is free and will offer light refreshments.

Meet a GIST Alumna: Kathleen Fish, Immigration Lawyer

Friday, October 11, 2019 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 2041 Moore Hall (GIST Conference Room)

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet GIST's Alumni Achievement Award recipient for 2019, Kathleen Fish (class of 2011), a Senior Associate with Brown Immigration LLC of Cleveland, Ohio working on deportation defense and family-based immigration. She was recently selected by Super Lawyers for a "Rising Star" award for 2019. This is an open-house style event, so please feel free to come and go as you are available. This event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

Research Briefs in Global Studies

Date, Time, and Locations TBD

Western Worldwide

The GIST spring/summer 2019 newsletter, Western Worldwide Volume 4, Issue 2, is now available!

New GIST 1100 courses for fall 2019

These one-credit GIST 1100 fall 2019 courses can be taken toward a GIST major or minor or area studies minor, with approval from your academic advisor.

  • Arctic Security with Anna Kietzerow (Philosophy)
  • Language & Globalization with Dr. Jeffrey Angles (World Languages and Literatures)
  • War and Propaganda (online) with Dr. Joyce Busch (Global and International Studies)

GIST advising office hours for fall 2019

Walk-in: Tuesday through Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m.

Appointment only: Tuesday through Thursday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please sign up for an appointment online.

Information on available courses

Pre-approved courses for fall 2019 can be accessed via the button below. Please check the registration schedule to see when you can start enrolling in courses.

Fall 2019

2019-2020 Undergraduate catalog

2019-20 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.