New Spring 2018 Courses

  • GIST 3500-Ethics of War (3 credits) with Dr. Fritz Allhoff

What is the moral justification of war? How do terrorism and emerging technologies change the landscape of war and its role in modern society? In this course we will discuss the notion of the morally rationalized or “just war” of tradition. We will consider how terrorism challenges this tradition by replacing tactics of preemption with prevention, blurring the lines between civilians and combatants, accelerating the speed and damage of attacks, and more. Finally, we will consider modern military technologies including weaponry, robotics, drones, cyber, and warfighter enhancement and their implications toward traditional just war principles. This course may be used as a GIST general elective, toward a States, Security, and Transnational Governance focus field, or other area of the major as determined by your academic advisor.

  • A-S 3900-Global Engagement Seminar Courses (Variable Topics) (1 credit)

  1. Humanitarian Intervention with Dr. Fritz Allhoff:

    From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 to the Rwandan genocide in 1994 to the Arab spring in 2011, the norms governing humanitarian intervention have been subjected to intense scrutiny and debate. These discourses are complicated by the multitude of stakeholders affected, the politicization of intervention, and the wide variety of forms intervention can take—from traditional UN peacekeeping to NGOs to full-fledged military engagement. Offered: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. (January 8 – February 9)

  2. Global Perspectives on Terror with Dr. Jim Butterfield:

    Why do people commit acts of terror? Is it something new or are there historical precedents? What can we do about it? In this course we will address these and related questions about a phenomenon that is constantly in the news but which is poorly understood. Offered: Tuesday, 2 to 3:40 p.m. (January 8 – February 23)

  3. Global Perspectives on Leadership with Dr. Eric Archer:

    This class will examine the nature of leadership from a global perspective. Students will be asked to think critically about their own leadership and their role as effective leaders in a global context. The class will include small and large group discussions, experiential learning activies, case studies, and interactions with WMU campus leaders. Offered: Monday, 2 to 3:20 p.m. (January 8 – March 2)

Change in advising hours

Our advising hours for fall 2017 have changed:

Walk-in hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Appointment only: Monday through Thursday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Information on available courses

Pre-approved courses for spring 2018 are now available. Please check the registration schedule to see when you can start enrolling in courses.

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2017-18 CATALOG

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.

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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.