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Housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Area 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 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 Studies office coordinates over 50 events annually which intellectually nourish and culturally enrich GVSU and all who attend. The activities of Area Studies are supported by dedicated joint appointees and associate faculty across the university.

New Course Offerings:

(GSI) Global Studies and Social Impact

IDS/AAA 180: Black Lives Matter (1 credit)

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 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!  

New Major - (GSI) Global Studies and Social Impact!

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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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