In addition to the coursework necessary to complete the international studies major, students are expected to fulfill the general distribution and writing intensive requirements set forth by the University. For advising information, please consult the Contacts & Advising webpage.
In completing the requirements below, students entering fall 2016 and later must fulfill an advanced coursework requirement comprised of 5 courses taken at or above the 300 level from the political science, economics, and/or history requirements. The focal area and foreign language classes cannot count towards this advanced coursework requirement.
Courses with more than one subfield designation (e.g., both IR and CP) may not be double counted to fulfill both requirements.
Courses taken while studying abroad, and intending to count for the major, must receive approval from either IS Director Sydney Van Morgan or IS Adviser Kate Bruffett.
To graduate with honors in international studies, students must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher in the major and must complete a senior thesis in any department, as long as the topic is internationally-focused and approved by the department with a faculty adviser. For students who entered fall 2016 and earlier, first-semester freshman grades do not count toward the GPA calculation for honors.