Announcements

Global and international studies graduate Austin Matheney was featured on "WMU Stories" in July, 2016 to talk about how his global and international studies degree and study abroad in experience in Cape Town, South Africa have influenced him. 

Students interested in obtaining the General Education Area IV (Other Cultures and Civilizations) requirement may do so by enrolling in GIST 3500: International Organizations and setting up an appointment with and petitioning Kevin Knutson in the College of Arts and Sciences advising office to fulfill that requirement (other advisors will not be able to process your petition). This option will also be available for GIST 3500: International Organizations for the spring 2017 semester. The College of Arts and Sciences curriculum committee has approved the development of GIST 3520: International Organizations, which will be offered in fall 2017 and will meet the General Education Area IV requirement. Other GIST 3500 Topics Courses do not meet any general education requirements at this time.

Environment and Sustainability Studies is offering a new course this fall: REL 4000: Spirituality and the Environment. The course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays noon to 1:40 pm. The course topics will include:

  • Protecting sacred lands, forests, and rivers: environmental justice and traditional communities in North America, South America and India.
  • Faith-based responses to climate change.
  • The role of spirituality in development of environmental conservation in the U.S.

Depending on your global and international studies major pathway, this class may count towards your major. Speak with the global and international studies academic advisor for more details.

The study abroad office is hosting Open Coffee Hours on the second floor of Ellsworth Hall from 8 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday! Open Coffee Hours invites all study abroad alumni and friends to the office to drink free coffee and chat about study abroad.

Internship opportunities

  • Global and international studies alumna Monica Naida is looking for applicants interested in internship opportunities with the Paul Clements congressional democratic campaign. Please e-mail the WMU global and international studies program for contact information. For more information on the campaign, browse the campaign website.
  • A global and international studies alumnus is looking for applicants interested in internship opportunities with the national republican party in Michigan. Visit the website for more information.
  • Global and international studies offers a wide variety of internship opportunities. For more information on these, please speak with the global and international studies academic advisor.

Information on available courses 

Pre-approved courses lists

Fall 2016 courses are available. Please check the registration schedule to see when you can start enrolling in courses.

Fall 2016

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 available  

2016-17 Catalog

College of aRTS AND SCIENCES GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT COURSES 

One credit, A-S 3900 courses are being offered in fall 2016 to explore a range of topics:

  • Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Film
  • Natural Resources in an Evolving World
  • Ethics of Multinational Corporate Investment in Developing Countries
  • Indigenous Environmental Movements
  • Immigration Policy Today
  • Elections Across the Planet 

Visit Global Engagement Courses for more information. 

Opportunities with global and international studies

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.

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University events and News

Global and international studies in the news 

Global and international studies graduate Austin Matheney was featured on "WMU Stories" in July, 2016 to talk about how his global and international studies degree and study abroad in experience in Cape Town, South Africa have influenced him.

Global and international studies students serve on a panel about Syrian refugees.

Model UN Club Hosts Local Schools in the first annual conference held at WMU.

The deadline is approaching for the Global Ambassadors Competition and Scholarship which provides funds for study abroad opportunities.