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.

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WGVU Morning Show with Shelly Irwin - The Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival

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.

Ethnomusicologist discusses importance of Dominican music and dance

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.

Being a woman in Palestine

February 19, 2017

Samah Saleh examines everyday life under "Israeli Occupation." Hosted by Middle East Studies.

Talking about Race

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.

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).

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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!  

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