We hope that you are all staying healthy and enjoying the summer! We look forward to your [partial] return to campus in the coming weeks. For more about what this fall will look like on campus, please see the university's Safe Return Plan.

Advising - Important Updates!

The global and international studies academic advisor, Kala Willette, will be working remotely during a significant portion of the summer, at minimum, through August 17, 2020. Moving forward, she will also be working at reduced hours, so expect to see a change in the quantity of advising hours available. Beginning about mid-August, Kala will be going on maternity leave through the better part of October. In her absence, GIST director Susan Pozo will be assuming all GIST advising duties. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Pozo, by email or telephone, (269) 387-5652, or continue to book your appointments via our online scheduling tool

Face-to-face advising will continue to be suspended until further notice. We will continue to conduct advising appointments via either WebEx video conferencing, which is free with your university email address, or telephone appointments. Please see our advising page to schedule an appointment and to view appointment availability.

GIST advising office hours for summer II 2020

Walk-in hours have been temporarily suspended due to university policy during the coronavirus outbreak. We will be temporarily be switching to a virtual format to complete all advising appointments. Please note that advising hours have changed, as listed below.

Remote appointments only: Tuesdays 10 a.m. to noon and Fridays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please sign up for an appointment online.

Virtual Faculty Abroad event

Join us virtually on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at noon for Faculty Abroad speaker Dr. Britt Hartenberger of the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological studies.She will talk about her work on several archaeological projects in Turkey and Syria where she has worked over a period of 20 years. She will discuss the organization of projects in the Middle East, changing political situations, the appropriation of culture, and some of the unique interactions women have while doing research in these countries. This event will take place via Webex, so please RSVP to GIST director Susan Pozo before the event to receive a Webex invitation link. Please see our flyer for more details!

Latinx and Latin American Studies minor - NEW!

The GIST program will be rolling out the new Latinx and Latin American Studies minor this fall 2020. 

Information on available courses

Special topics courses

Fall 2020

GIST 1100-Special Topics in Global Studies (1 credit)
  • GIST 1100-War and Propaganda (1 credit; online) (canceled due to low enrollment and coronavirus impact)
  • GIST 1100-How Maps Lie (1 credit) (canceled due to low enrollment and coronavirus impact)
  • GIST 1100-Multiculturalism Debates in Europe (1 credit)
  • GIST 1100-Pandemics Then and Now (1 credit)
GIST 3500-Special Topics in Global Studies (3 credits)
  • GIST 3500-COVID-19:Pandemic Response-HC (3 credits) (canceled due to low enrollment and coronavirus impact)
  • GIST 3500-Social Justice and the Empire (3 credits) (canceled due to low enrollment and coronavirus impact)

Pre-approved elective and focus field course lists

Pre-approved courses for summer and fall 2020 can be accessed via the button below. Please check the registration schedule to see when you can start enrolling in courses.

 Summer and Fall 2020

2019-20 Undergraduate catalog

2019-20 catalog

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