Happy holidays from GIST! And congratulations to all of our December 2016 GIST graduates!

Spring semester is on its way! We hope you have a great holiday break and we look forward to seeing you at the start of the new semester. Classes will resume after the holiday on Monday, January 9, 2017.

Still time to register! If you're still trying to fill up that spring schedule, consider REL 3165- Religion and Globalization!

  • REL 3165- Religion & Globalization (spring 2017): This course will explore how religious communities grow and change as they spread across borders. We will use Christianity, Islam, and African Diaspora Religions are our main examples. Students will discover how faith traditions are challenged and expanded by people on the move. The course is held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 5:40 pm. For more information, please contact Dr. Alisa Perkins. 4 Credits, No Prerequisites, Gen Ed Area 5

Global and international studies hosts its second annual High School Model United Nations Conference, to be held Saturday, March 25 through Sunday, March 26, 2017.The WMU Model UN Club will invite high school students from around Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio to simulate Model UN activities and introduce potential future students to Western's campus.

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. 

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.

Information on available courses 

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Spring 2017 courses are available. Please check the registration schedule to see when you can start enrolling in courses.

spring 2017

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 available  

2016-17 Catalog

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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.

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