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

Ethics Lecture Series: "Pictures Travel, Discourses Do Not: The Mohammed Cartoons Controversy, Global Media Communication and Ethics"
This lecture by Dr. Oliver Hahn, University of Passau, examines the ethical problems caused by decontextualized, fragmented news photos related to the 2005 controversy involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, as well as in post-9/11 coverage generally.  Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at 4 p.m. in 211 Bernhard Center. Free to attend.

Graduate Programs in International Affairs
Information session on graduate programs in international affairs Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. in 3301 Friedmann Hall. Representatives will discuss academic programs, admission requirements, financial aid, and career opportunities for students with graduate degrees in international affairs.

Lecture and food drive: "Effects of Inequality and Climate Change on Food Access Around the World"
Presented by Dr. Allen Webb, Western Michigan University, in the Lee Honors College Lounge, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free; food and monetary donations accepted for Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes.

Major Excitement academic fair 
Undergraduates can explore many of the majors available to them at WMU. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in front of Sangren. Free.

Ethics Lecture Series: "Market Failures, moral Failures and Health Reform"
Presented by Dr. Susan Goold, University of Michigan, in Putney Auditorium, Fetzer Center at 5:30 on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

China Festival
The China Festival at WMU will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, noon to 5 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. There will be informational display booths, hands-on cultural activities, traditional foods from local Chinese restaurants and more. Free parking, free to enter, nominal fee for food. Call (269) 387-5890 for more information.

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.

Graduate and Professional School Fair
With over 50 graduate, law and medical schools from Michigan and throughout the United states participating, the fair provides opportunities to explore options for advanced studies. Monday, October 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Ballroom.

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.

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.