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

Summer 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 3500-Global Studies in the Dominican Republic-Study Abroad (Pre-Freshman only) (3 credits)

Fall 2019

GIST 1100–Special Topics in Global Studies (1 credit)

Below are the GIST 1100 special topics courses for fall 2019.

  • Language and Globalization with Dr. Jeffrey Angles (World Languages and Literatures), M/W 12 to 12:50 p.m., August 28, 2019 through October 25th, 2019
  • Arctic Security with Anna Kietzerow (Philosophy), MW 4 to 4:50 p.m.,  August 28, 2019 through October 25th, 2019
  • War and Propaganda with Dr. Joyce Busch (GIST), online

Other courses

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 3500-Conflict & Diplomacy in Europe-Study Abroad (3 credits)

This special topics course is designed as a 3-credit, faculty-led study abroad trip to Europe during summer II semester. It is scheduled to be offered for the first time during summer II 2020. During this three week trip to Europe, students will study the ways that politics, geography, architecture, culture, and religion influence war and peace. Students will get transported down the Rhine River to understand its use i military strategy, will visit a former concentration camp, enter NATO headquarters, explore memorials, monuments, historical landmarks, and much more. Click the link above to see the Conflict & Diplomacy flyer from last summer's program, which includes further information. New flyer to be added soon.

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.

Fall 2019 courses by GIST focus field

Check the WMU course offerings for course details.

Fall 2019 courses

Fall 2019 courses

Department

Dept. Course no. Title Credits
African American and African Studies AAAS 2000 Intro to AfAmer/African Studies 3
  AAAS 2800 Global Africa-Past and Present 3
  AAAS 3000 Af & AfAm Hist, Cult, Exp 1865 3
  AAAS 3800 Topics 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 3400 Cultures of Asia 3
  ANTH 3410 Global Africa Past & Present 3
  ANTH 3440 The First Americans 3
  ANTH 3560 Food and Culture 3
Art, Frostic School of ART 2200 History of Art 3
  ART 2210 History of Art 3
  ART 2230 Intro to Asian Art History 3
  ART 3900 20th C Art 1945-Present 3
Biological Sciences BIOS 1050 Environmental Biology 3
  BIOS 3010 Ecology 3
Business BUS 2200 Introduction to Global Business 3
  BUS 4500 Business Ethics and Sustainability 3
Chinese CHIN 2750 Chinese Life & Culture 3
Classics CLAS 3500 Classical Greek & Roman Mythology 3
Communication, School of COM 3400 Global Media Literacy 3
  COM 4740 Intercultural Communication 3
Dance DANC 1250 Special Studies- African Dance 3
  DANC 1450 Experiencing Dance 3
 Economics ECON 3800 International Economics 3
  ECON 3840 Economics of Development 3
English ENGL 2110 Folklore & Mythology 3
  ENGL 3120 Western World Lit 3
  ENGL 3160 Storytellers 3
  ENGL 3310 British Literature II 3
Environmental Studies ENVS 2050 Nature, Soc, and Sustainability  3
  ENVS 2250 Environmental Ecology 4
  ENVS 3000 Introduction to Sustainability 4
  ENVS 3600 Environment and Culture 4
  ENVS 4110 Climate Change and Society 3
Family and Consumer Studies FCS 2170 Diverse Children, Families, & Comm 3
  FCS 3150 Global Ecology of the Family 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 3100 Intro to Tourism 3
  GEOG 3200 Culinary Tourism 3
  GEOG 3500 Conserv/Environ Mgmt 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 1200 Climate Change Geol Perspective 3
  GEOS 3220 Ocean Systems 3
Global and International Studies GIST 1100 Language and Globalization 1
  GIST 1100 Arctic Security 1
  GIST 1100 War and Propaganda 1
  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 3300 Canadian History & Culture 3
  HIST 3330 World Since 1945 3
  HIST 3616 Europe from WWI thru WWII 3
  HIST 3760 Modern East Asia 3
  HIST 3790 WWII in US and Japanese History 3
  HIST 3850 Modern Middle East 3
  HIST 3880 African Civilization  3
  HIST 4825 Modern Japanese History 3
Holistic Health Care HOL 2000 Choices in Global Living 3
  HOL 3301 Intro to Meditation 1
  HOL 3303 Intro to Tai Chi 1
  HOL 5301 Meditation to Enhance Living 1
  HOL 5303 Tai Chi to Enhance Living 1
  HOL 5304 Yoga to Enhance Living 1
  HOL 5380 Eastern Thought and Practice 3
Honor's College LHC 3202 Modernism in Art and Lit 3
  LHC 3203 Utopian & Dystopian Fiction 3
Lewis Walker Institute LWIR 3000 Immigration, Race & Ethnicity in U.S. 3
Medieval Studies MDVL 1450 Heroes and Villains 3
Philosophy  PHIL 3110 Political Philosophy 3
  PHIL 3120 Philosophy of Art 3
  PHIL 3500 The Modern Worldview 3
Political Science PSCI 2400 Comparative Politics 3
  PSCI 2500 International Relations 4
  PSCI 3400 European Politics 4
  PSCI 3450 Latin American Politics 4
  PSCI 3500 American Foreign Policy 4
  PSCI 3510 Terrorism and Political Violence 3
Public Administration PADM 2000 Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership 3
Religion, Comparative REL 1000 Religions of the World 4
  REL 2010 Buddhism 4
  REL 2030 Religion in Japan 4
  REL 2050 Christianity 4
  REL 2065 Islam in America 3
  REL 3180 Death, Dying and Beyond 4
  REL 3190 Religion and Health 4
  REL 3220 Spirituality & the Environment 4
  REL 3320 Relig & Social Ethics 4
  REL 3360 Zen & Buddhist Meditation 4
Sociology SOC 3140 Ethnic Relations 3
  SOC 4110 Climate Change and Society 3
Spanish SPAN 2750 Latino Writing/Latino Culture 3
  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
  SPAN 4100 Studies-Hisp cultr: Courtesy 3
World Languages and Literatures LANG 2500 The Nature of Language 4
  LANG 3750 Chinese Cinema 3
  LANG 3750 Love & Morality GER Lit/Film 3