This Fall, consider taking the following Area and Global Studies courses!
AAA 355 -- History of Underground Railroad
with Professor Tracy Flemming
Tuesday evenings 6:00-9:00 pm in ASH 1301
Explore the historical, political and cultural contexts out of which the American Underground Railroad and Abolitionist Movements emerged with emphasis on the important role the state of Michigan played in these Movements due to its geographical proximity of Canada.
Fulfills General Education's Cultures: U.S. Diversity requirement. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
AAA 300 -- US-Africa Relations
with Professor Richard Yidana
Tuesdays &Thursdays 10:00-11:15 am in CON 215
Explore the historical, economic, political, social, and moral factors that have governed the relationship between the United States and Africa and the such as the cold war, terrorism, and resources for the US and genocide, civil conflicts and their accompanying humanitarian crisis for Africa.
Fulfills General Education's Cultures: World Perspectives requirement. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
LAS 210 - Exploring Latin America
with Professor Andy Schlewitz
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30 am -12:45 pm in ASH 1302
Explore the field of Latin American studies and learn about the histories and cultures of this diverse region, its varied paths of political and economic development, its relations with the United States, and Latin American migration that has made the Latino/a population the largest minority group in the US.
Fulfills General Education’s Foundations: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Cultures: World Perspectives requirements.
Housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Area and Global Studies plays a pivotal role in internationalizing our campus and coordinating the following programs:
African/African American Studies Minor
Chinese Studies Major
East Asian Studies Minor
Global Studies and Social Impact Major
Latin American and Latino/a Studies Minor
Latino/a Studies Certificate
Middle East Studies Minor
In addition to dozens of classes which introduce students to the complexities of the major world regions, Area and Global Studies organizes numerous events which expose the university, as well as the community at large, to the many issues and wonders of our shrinking world. The Area and Global Studies office coordinates over 50 events annually which intellectually nourish and culturally enrich GVSU and all who attend. The activities of Area and Global Studies are supported by dedicated joint appointees and associate faculty across the university.
March 24, 2017
Shelly Irwin speaks with the executive director of the Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival. The mission is to provide opportunities for constructive dialogue across cultures and to enrich the social fabric of our community.
March 01, 2017
Dancing has always been a form of expression. For people in the Dominican Republic, dance is a crucial part of their culture. Paul Austerlitz, an ethnomusicologist, visited Grand Valley State University to talk about why this is.
February 19, 2017
Samah Saleh examines everyday life under "Israeli Occupation." Hosted by Middle East Studies.
February 09, 2017
Davidson College professor, Devyn Spence-Benson discusses complexities of ethnic issues in Cuba. Hosted by Latin American and Latino/a Studies and African/African American Studies.
September 20, 2016
Professor Andy Schlewitz talks with Shelly Irwin from GVSU's Morning Show about the upcoming Great Lakes History Conference/Conference on the Americas and the new Area and Global Studies major: Global Studies and Social Impact (GSI).
Visiting Scholar, Dr. Dayu Liu
On August 3, 2016, Dean Anne Hiskes of Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies met with Patrick Shan (left) (East Asian Studies) and Dr. Dayu Liu (right), a visiting scholar from Hunan University of Science and Technology in Hunan Province, China. Area and Global Studies and Brooks College welcome Dr. Liu who will be doing research and interacting with students and faculty during his visit. Dr. Liu will have an office in Lake Ontario Hall (LOH 109) and living in campus housing with his family for one year. Dr. Liu is happy to be here and encourages students to consider visiting his university (http://www.hnust.edu.cn/). Welcome Dr. Liu!