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
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.

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Faculty, students support global sustainable development project

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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