Area and Global Studies

Housed in Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Area and Global Studies (AGS) plays a pivotal role in internationalizing our campus. The activities of AGS are supported by dedicated joint appointees and associate faculty across the University. In addition to dozens of classes which introduce students to the complexities of the major world regions, AGS organizes numerous events which intellectually nourish and culturally enrich the university -- and expose all who attend to the many issues and wonders of our shrinking world.

Our Mission

The mission of Area and Global Studies is to educate students to be well-informed global citizens who are knowledgeable and creative in their thinking about cultures, global issues and interrelated perspectives of diverse geographic regions, and groups of people and ethnicities.

Our Programs

Area and Global Studies is committed to the advancement of global and regional learning, student-centered teaching, interdisciplinary research, and community engagement through our programs.

The AAA minor prepares students for an increasingly diverse world of peoples, cultures, religions, and economies.

The EAS minor helps students gain intercultural knowledge and competence in this increasingly globalized world.

The GSI major prepares students to be innovative, flexible thinkers within their local and global communities.

The LAS minor teaches the diverse histories and cultures of Latin America and the experiences of Latino/as in the U.S.

The LSC certificate helps students gain a deep intercultural understanding as they learn about the important demographic of Latinos/as in the U.S.

The MES minor introduces students to the rich heritage and perspectives of Middle East cultures, helping them to better understand their own.

Study Abroad in Namibia This Upcoming Summer

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Namibia Info Sessions (Fall)

It's time for another fantastic semester filled with adventure and progress. If you are interested in studying abroad this upcoming summer '19, you should consider Namibia!

We will be hosting info sessions On Wednesday, October 24th from 12-1pm and Thursday, October 25th from 3-4pm in Lake Ontario Hall room 179.

Professor Steeve Buckridge will also answer any questions or concerns regarding this trip! If you are interested and cannot make either of these times, you can contact him at:
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GVSU students, professor team up for global sustainability initiative

March 28, 2018

Marina Kaneti, Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Social Impact and four GSI students are contributing to an initiative supporting global sustainable development.

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.

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