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. 


Advising hours for spring 2017 will stay the same throughout January 2017:

M/T/Th/F: Walk-in 9 am to 11 am; Appointment only 1 pm to 3 pm. If these times do not suit your schedule, please give us a call and request an appointment outside of the listed hours. We'll be happy to accommodate you. Later in the semester our office hours will be changing slightly and we will update you accordingly.

The global and international studies program will be hosting GIST graduate Matt Pruitt (B.A. 2012) to speak at our Better Get to Know an Alum: Americorps - Peace Corps session to take place Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4 p.m., 3025 Brown Hall. Pruitt will be discussing his transition from WMU graduate to his volunteer work with AmeriCorps and Peace Corps.

Learn about teaching English abroad! On Thursday, February 16, the global and international studies program will be hosting an information panel and discussion on opportunities for teaching English overseas in 3025 Brown Hall at 4 p.m.

The Career and Student Employment Services  will be hosting both the Career Fair 2017 and the Government and Non-Profit Fair 2017 on Thursday, February 9, 10 am to 3 pm in Bernhard, and Friday, 1 pm to 4 pm in Bernhard, respectively. Start getting ready by learning how you can make the most out of career fairs! You can also find a list of employers attending these events in BroncoJOBS (Handshake).

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 

Pre-approved course list

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

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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