10th International Conference on African Development at WMU
The International Conference on African Development (ICAD) will be taking place August 17 - 18, 2018 in Sangren Hall on WMU's Main Campus. Please review the presentation abstracts and tentative agenda for more information.
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
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!
GIST advising office hours for summer 2018
This schedule does not apply to the following dates: June 4 - June 8, June 14, or June 15, as the advisor will be on annual leave.
Walk-in: Monday through Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m.
Appointment only: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Information on available courses
Pre-approved courses for fall 2018 are available. Please check the registration schedule to see when you can start enrolling in courses.
2018-2019 Undergraduate 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.