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Global & International Studies (GIST)

Our students learn to think critically about pressing global issues. They gain knowledge and skills to succeed in various world-related careers.



This hybrid interdisciplinary conference will examine historical and contemporary links between East Asia and Latin America. Scholars will elaborate on connections between the regions in terms of politics, diplomacy, economy, migration, and the arts.

East Asia & Latin America


The Center of Global and International Studies and the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Kansas are pleased to announce a call for papers for the "Jews in the Americas” Conference, to be held on April 18-19, 2024 at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars from a variety of fields, including history, religion, sociology, politics, anthropology, literature, and the arts, to explore the rich and diverse experiences of Jews in the Americas.

Jews in the Americas


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The GIST program bridges many disciplines around the university. By melding these perspectives, GIST students develop a unique & versatile understanding of global & international issues.
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Through a selection of extensive coursework, GIST students gain both a depth & breadth of knowledge in global issues. Students can master Culture, History, Politics, & Economics.
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Carefully designed core GIST courses provide rigorous training in research, analysis, & writing skills, forming a toolkit of qualifications for multiple post-graduation pathways as seen below.
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KU offers GIST students a range of opportunities: study abroad, scholarships, internships & professional networking. Our degrees lead to high quality opportunities after graduation.
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Explore Our Programs

GIST offers a number of degrees to fit various academic and professional needs. They include a minor, major, traditional MA, and a one-year interagency studies MA.

Learn about GIST Programs

Recent GIST Graduates went on to:

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NGO & Non-Profit

International Relations Council
People to People International
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Teach for America
JET Program
City Year
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Public Sector

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Central Intelligence Agency
House of Representatives
U. S. Department of State
Peace Corps, Americorps
Fulbright Program
Air Force, Army
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Graduate School

University of California-Berkeley
London School of Economics
George Mason University
Georgetown University
University of Chicago
Columbia University
Johns Hopkins SAIS
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Law School

Pennsylvania State University
University of Loyola Chicago
University of Wisconsin
University of Nebraska
University of Brooklyn
University of Indiana

GIST Enrollment