Global and International Studies

2013-14 global and international studies graduates...
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Are you interested in:

  • Making a difference in the world around you?
  • Meeting people from different cultures?
  • Learning a world language?
  • Studying abroad?

Global and international studies at Western Michigan University is an interdisciplinary major with versatility that affords entry into a wide variety of fields. We look forward to working with you!

What's happening this fall

2014 Graduate and Professional School Fair
WMU's Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held on Monday, October 6 from 3-6 p.m. in the Bernhard Center ballroom. Those attending will have the opportunity to discuss graduate school programs with representatives from over 60 institutions, including WMU. There will also be application workshops from 3-4 p.m. You do not need to dress professionally or pre-register to attend.

Study Abroad Fair
Western Michigan University's annual Study Abroad Fair is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in the Bernhard Center Ballroom. Attendees will be able to learn about WMU's 90-plus study abroad programs in more than 40 countries. The fair is open free of charge to the campus community and general public. Free pop and pizza.

Global Learning Outcomes Brown Bag Discussion
The College of Arts and Sciences International Committee has developed a draft document regarding the global learning outcomes for CAS students. The College is currently seeking input from faculty, students and staff across WMU, both about the content of the outcomes and about how they might best be utilized once additional revisions have been made. The full document is available here and a brown bag discussion will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 12 to 1:30 in the CAS International Room.

National Campus Sustainability Day
WMU will observe National Campus Sustainability Day 2014 on Oct. 16 and 17 by hosting a series of events that celebrate and connect entrepreneurs, campus, and community. Events will feature Judy Wicks: entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, sustainable, and locally-based economy. RSVP is not required.

2014-15 Speaker Series: Healing Arts | "A Community Conversation about Food"
Michael Pollan, author and food advocate, will talk with us about the importance of a healthy food system and healthy food. Presented by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, this event will be held Nov. 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m in Miller Auditorium.

Student Sustainability Grant
This grant funds up to $75,000 for research, activities, and initiatives that benefit all of the campus community by fostering a culture of sustainability. The Student Sustainability Grant is available to all students who pay the sustainability fee. Proposals are due on Nov. 20, 2014.

Fall 2014 Lyceum Lecture Series: Global Citizenship
The Fall 2014 Lyceum Lecture series, "Global Citizenship," sponsored by the Lee Honors College, will help participants explore and understand diversity and diversity competence from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. Lectures will be held Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College lounge, unless otherwise noted.

Advanced Arabic online
The Department of World Languages and Literatures provides links to full instructional units offering authentic texts and audio and video excerpts with self-graded comprehension questions. The materials are free to use and registration is not required.