Research Briefs in Global Studies

Spring 2019

"A Woman's Development" with Dr. Mariam Konate (AAAS, GWS) and Dr. Irma Lopez (Spanish, IIAS); Thursday, February 7 from 4 to 5 p.m., Humanities Center in Knauss Hall

"Religious Education in Eurasia with Dr. Steve Covell (Comparative Religion) and Dr. Elena Lisovskaya (Sociology); Thursday, March 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Western Worldwide

The GIST fall newsletter, Western Worldwide Volume 4, Issue 1, is now available! Don't forget to check out the "GIST for Fun" crossword puzzle - the first three people to return a completed, correct puzzle will receive a prize!

New GIST 1100 courses for spring 2019

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

  • US-China Trade Dispute: ASEAN Nation Perspectives with Dr. Matthew Mingus (Public Affairs and Administration) and Dr. Jing Zhu (Political Science and Management)
  • Food, Emotions, and Conservation: The Example of the Green Sea Turtle with Dr. John Saillant (English and History)
  • Migration and Social Justice with Dr. Elise DeCamp (Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies-Anthropology)

Study abroad course for summer II 2019

Spend three weeks of summer II in Europe! Students will study the ways that politics, geography, architecture, culture, and religion influence war and peace. During this 3-credit course, students will get transported down the Rhine River to understand its use in military strategy, will visit a former concentration camp, enter NATO headquarters, explore memorials, museums, historical landmarks and much more.

GIST advising office hours for spring 2019

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

Appointment only: Tuesday through Thursday, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Information on available courses

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

Spring 2019

2018-2019 Undergraduate catalog

2018-19 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.