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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

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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.


Week of events planned to celebrate new major

Week of events planned to celebrate new major

November 08, 2016

Area and Global Studies will celebrate the program's newest major, Global Studies and Social Impact, with events that include a keynote address, documentary screening and an open house during the week of November 14.

Human Rights in the Atlantic World

Human Rights in the Atlantic World

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).

Area Studies changes name

Area Studies changes name

September 09, 2016

Area Studies has changed its name to Area and Global Studies.

GVSU creating new bachelor's degree program in Global Studies and Social Impact

GVSU creating new bachelor's degree program in Global Studies and Social Impact

April 30, 2016

Featured on mlive: The new major, which will launch this fall, is described as having a focus on global issues that appear across national boundaries and cultural regions because the world's greatest challenges demand creative thinking across borders.

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Visiting Scholar, Dr. Dayu Liu

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 (  Welcome Dr. Liu!