Advising

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Advising Updates

The global and international studies academic advisor, Kala Willette, returned from maternity leave on Monday, November 2. She will be returning at reduced hours through the remainder of the semester. She will respond to emails, phone calls and other communications as quickly as possible. However, if you have pressing concerns, please feel free to also communicate with GIST director Dr. Susan Pozo by email or telephone, (269) 387-5652.

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.

Advising Hours

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, including Webex video appointments and telephone appointments, until further notice. Similarly, due to the impacts of coronavirus, the GIST academic advisor will be operating on reduced hours until further notice.

By appointment only

Dr. Susan Pozo: Tuesdays 10 a.m. to noon and Fridays 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Kala Willette (after Monday, November 16, 2020): Thursdays 9 to 11 a.m.

Schedule an appointment

Schedule an appointment by using the online appointment scheduler above or by contacting us via email or phone (269) 387-5653.

Note: Advising hours are subject to change depending on advisor availability. If your availability falls outside of designated advising hours, please contact the academic advisor for accommodations.

Advising information

The Western Michigan University global and international studies program advising office is located at:
2047 Moore Hall

Mailing address:
Global and International Studies Program
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5492 USA

As a global and international studies student at Western Michigan University, you will receive specialized, one-on-one attention from our program advisor. The director of the program and its faculty instructors are also eager to assist you in reaching your academic goals.

We offer walk in hours and appointments to discuss the opportunities offered in the major, help to plan your courses and begin to think about your plans after graduation.

For general education advising, please visit the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office. For advising on study abroad, please contact the Western Michigan University Study Abroad office.

For students with a catalog year of 2010 or later, all major and minor information for graduation auditing purposes will be conveyed via DegreeWorks. If you are ready to apply for graduation and would like us to do a pre-audit for your major or minor, please send us an email request. You will begin your actual application for graduation through the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office.

Please contact us with questions.

What you should expect from us

We will:

  • Assess your progress toward completing your major or minor.
  • Discuss internship possibilities, volunteer opportunities, and ways to be involved on campus and in the community.
  • Encourage and offer guidance for succeeding academically.
  • Explore how global and international studies fits with your career goals.
  • Offer recommendations about new and upcoming courses.
  • Refer you to other campus offices that will support your success at Western Michigan University.
  • Share information about course availability so that you can plan your schedule accordingly.
  • Share information about speakers, events, deadlines and more.

What we expect from you

We expect that you will:

  • Consider the Global and International Studies Student Lounge in 2046 Moore Hall your space.
  • Contact us by email or phone if you have questions.
  • Explore how global and international studies fits with your career goals.
  • Let us know about speakers, events, deadlines and more.
  • Communicate with us if there is any way for us to better serve you.
  • Spend some time considering what your academic and professional interests are.
  • Tell us about your experiences—positive, negative, or ambivalent—with the program.