Courses

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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.

Global and international studies courses (spring 2019)

GIST 2000–Global and International Studies (3 credits)

This course, offered all semesters, is an interdisciplinary introduction to global and international studies as an academic field of inquiry, with emphasis on the historical development of the global system, the global economy, environmental conditions, communications, technology, business, responding to global issues and social identity. Students will explore the relationships between globalizing forces and the countervailing influences of regional and cultural identity.

GIST 1100–Special topics in global studies (1 credit)

Below are the GIST 1100 special topics courses for spring 2019. For more information, please see our flyer.

  • US-China Trade Dispute: ASEAN Nations Perspectives with Dr. Matthew Mingus and Dr. Jing Zhu
  • Food, Emotions, and Conservation: The Example of the Green Sea Turtle with Dr. John Saillant
  • Migration and Social Justice with Dr. Elise DeCamp
GIST 3500–Costa Rica: The Great Green Experiment (Spring Break Study Abroad) (3 credits)

Costa Rica: The Great Green Experiment” examines the history and current application of sustainable development in both theoretical and practical terms in Costa Rica. Students will be introduced in on-campus sessions to the history and policies which shaped Costa Rica’s transition from conventional extraction industry model of development to one that has become a model of sustainability. The 9-day experience in Costa Rica as part of Earth University will focus on the practical and often difficult application of sustainable polices. Our host in Coast Rica, Earth University, is renowned as a location of higher learning with an emphasis on rural sustainable and equitable development. Students will be both in the classroom on campus at Earth U. and also frequently in the field in mostly rural Costa Rica looking at the implementation of polices reviewed in the classroom both at WMU and at Earth University.

GIST 4900–Senior Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

This baccalaureate-level writing and GIST major required course will be offered fall 2018, taught by Dr. Thomas Kostrzewa.

Course offerings

This list is 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.

spring 2019 courses by GIST focus field

Check the WMU course offerings for course details.

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses

Department

Dept. Course no. Title Credits
African American and African Studies AAAS 2000 Intro to AfAmer/African Studies 3
  AAAS 2800 African History to 1800 3
  AAAS 3010 Af & AfAm Hist, Cult, Exp 1988-Present 3
Anthropology ANTH 1100 Lost Worlds/Archaeology 3
  ANTH 1200 Peoples of the World 3
  ANTH 2100 Intro to Archaeology 3
  ANTH 2400 Principles of Cultural Anthropology 3
  ANTH 3010 Anthropology through Film 3
  ANTH 3060 Archaeology of Civilization 3
  ANTH 3390 Cultures of Latin America 3
  ANTH 3440 The First Americans 3
  ANTH 3530 Bioarchaeology 3
  ANTH 4950 Crafting Sustainability 3
Arabic ARAB 2750 Life and Culture of the Arabs 3
Art, Frostic School of ART 2200 History of Art 3
  ART 2210 History of Art 3
  ART 2220 Africa, Oceania, Americas 3
  ART 3210 Medieval Foreign Encounters 3
  ART 3210 International Business Trends 3
Biological Sciences BIOS 1620 Ecology and Evolution 3
  BIOS 3200 Climate Change Biology 3
Business BUS 2200 Introduction to Global Business 3
Chinese CHIN 2750 Chinese Life & Culture 3
Classics CLAS 3500 Greek & Roman Mythology 3
Communication, School of COM 3050 Ethnography/DR-SA 3
  COM 4740 Intercultural Communication 3
Dance DANC 2450 Ballet History 3
Economics ECON 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  ECON 3800 International Economics 3
  ECON 3840 Economics of Development 3
  ECON 3870 Studies in Asian Economies 3
English ENGL 2110 Folklore & Mythology 3
  ENGL 3120 Western World Lit 3
  ENGL 3130 Asian Literature 3
  ENGL 3160 Storytellers 3
  ENGL 3300 British Literature 3
  ENGL 3770 Language in a Multilingual Classroom 3
Environmental Studies ENVS 1000 Climate-Challenged Society 3
  ENVS 1100 Nature and Society 4
  ENVS 3000 Introduction to Sustainability 4
  ENVS 3400 Environmental Policy 4
  ENVS 4010 Water, Humanities, and Community 3
Family and Consumer Studies FCS 2170 Diverse Children, Families, & Comm 3
  FCS 3150 Global Ecology of the Family 3
French FREN 2750 Life and Culture in France 3
Gender and Women's Studies GWS 3200 Women, Global & Social Change 3
Geography GEOG 1000 World Ecology Problems 4
  GEOG 1020 Wrld Geography-Media/Maps 3
  GEOG 1050 Physical Geography 4
  GEOG 2050 Human Geography 3
  GEOG 2440 Economic Geography 3
  GEOG 3200 Culinary Tourism 3
  GEOG 3810 South America 3
  GEOG 3820 Mexico & Caribbean 3
  GEOG 3830 China, Japan, And Korea 3
Geosciences GEOS 1000 Dynamic Earth 4
  GEOS 1440 Environmental Earth Science 3
  GEOS 1500 Earth Hazards and Disasters 3
  GEOS 3220 Ocean Systems 3
German GER 3220 German Life & Culture 3
Global and International Studies GIST 1100 US-China Trade Dispute: ASEAN Nations Perspectives 1
  GIST 1100 Food, Emotions, & Conservation: Ex of Green Sea Turtle 1
  GIST 1100 Migration & Social Justice 1
  GIST 2000 Global & International Studies 3
  GIST 3500 Great Green Exprmt-SA 3
  GIST 4900 Senior Capstone Seminar 3
  GIST 4980 Internship 3
  GIST 4980 Independent Study 1 to 6
Health Services HSV 4400 Diversity/Inclusion in H&HS 3
History HIST 1000 Early Western World 3
  HIST 1010 Modern Western World 3
  HIST 1450 Heroes/Villains in Mid Ages 3
  HIST 3010 Modern Arts & Ideas 3
  HIST 3015 History and Film 3
  HIST 3020 World History to 1500 3
  HIST 3030 World History since 1500 3
  HIST 3060 Technology and Culture 3
  HIST 3105 U.S. in the Global Era 3
  HIST 3200 American Military History 3
  HIST 3360 Women in European History 3
  HIST 3500 Ancient Greece (WI) 3
  HIST 3600 Medieval World 3
  HIST 3606 Transformation of Medieval Europe (WI) 3
  HIST 3760 Modern East Asia 3
  HIST 3790 WWII in US and Japanese History 3
  HIST 3850 Modern Middle East 3
  HIST 3882 African Slave Trade (WI) 3
Holistic Health Care HOL 2000 Choices in Global Living 3
  HOL 3301 Intro to Meditation 3
  HOL 3900 Holism and Nature 3
  HOL 5300 Chi-Gong 1
  HOL 5302 Advanced Meditation 1
  HOL 5304 Yoga to Enhance Living 1
  HOL 5380 Eastern Thought and Practice 3
Honor's College LHC 3201 Art of the Book 3
  LHC 3204 Postmodern Dystopias 3
Medieval Studies MDVL 1450 Heroes and Villains 3
Music MUS 3120 Explorations in World Music 3
Philosophy PHIL 3010 History of Modern Philosophy 3
  PHIL 3110 Political Philosophy 3
  PHIL 3120 Philosophy of Art 3
  PHIL 3140 Ethics of War 3
Political Science PSCI 2400 Comparative Politics 3
  PSCI 2500 International Relations 4
  PSCI 3400 European Politics 4
  PSCI 3440 Russian/Central Asian Politics 4
  PSCI 3520 International Conflict 3
  PSCI 4400 European Union 3
  PSCI 4420 Japanese Politics 3
Public Administration PADM 2000 Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership 3
Religion, Comparative REL 1000 Religions of the World 4
  REL 2010 Buddhism 4
  REL 2040 Religion in India 4
  REL 2050 Christianity 4
  REL 2080 Religion in Europe 4
  REL 3180 Death, Dying and Beyond 4
  REL 3190 Religion and Health 4
  REL 3320 Relig & Social Ethics 4
Sociology SOC 3050 Sociology of Religion 3
  SOC 3350 Modern Latin American Sociology 3
 Spanish SPAN 3210 Life and Culture of Hispanics in US 3
  SPAN 3220 Life-Culture of Spain 3
  SPAN 3230 Life & Culture of Spanish America 3
  SPAN 3240 Intro Study Span Linguistics 3
  SPAN 3250 Intro Study Span Lit 3
World Languages and Literatures LANG 2500 The Nature of Language 4
  LANG 3750 World Lit in Translation 3
  LANG 4040 East-West Literary Relations 3