New GIST 1100 courses for fall 2018

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

  • Language and Globalization with Dr. Jeffrey Angles
  • Elections Across the Planet with Dr. Peter Wielhouwer
  • Migration, Pilgrimage, and Exile with Dr. Pablo Pastrana-Perez

Scholarship winner

The global and international studies program would like to congratulate Katelyn Drummond, a GIST senior, on receiving a Gilman Scholarship for her study abroad program in South Africa during the spring 2018 semester. Katelyn will be taking a course on the African dialect Xhosa as well as other African area studies courses to supplement her major. After graduation she plans to work in the tourism field. She writes, "I hope that what I learn and experience at the University of Cape Town will give me in a greater cultural understanding and add to the knowledge I will use in this field." Congratulations, Katelyn!

Photo of Katelyn Drummond, scholarship winner

Mental Health Matters: College Student Mental Health in the 21st Century

This spring, the Lee Honors College is hosting their annual Lyceum Lecture series with the theme of mental health among college students. The series aims to address "common mental health issues in this population, offer practical strategies to maintain wellness, and assist those who are struggling. Speakers will focus on awareness, prevention and resilience as they relate to mental health challenges."

Advising hours for spring 2018

Walk-in: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Appointment only: Monday through Thursday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Information on available courses

Pre-approved courses for spring 2018 are now available. Please check the registration schedule to see when you can start enrolling in courses.

spring 2018

Undergraduate catalog 2017-18 available

2017-18 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.