The International Studies Major is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Letters & Science. New students interested in declaring the IS Major should meet with the IS Peer advisor and attend one of our workshops.

New Scholarship: Student Conference Travel and Undergraduate Research Award

We are excited to announce our new travel scholarship for students who are participating in conference and research activities. Award funds can be used to cover expenses related to conference travel, registration, and meals associated with the professional activity.  This award can also be used to support an undergraduate research project that is done under the supervision of an IS Major faculty member employed by UW-Madison. Deadline for Fall semester is November 30th and spring semester is April 15th.

 For more information and application, visit here !

Dr. Stephen Young, earns the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Stephen was one of 12 faculty members selected for this prestigious honor!!!

Dr. Stephen Young

Stephen Young has always stressed that thinking and acting as a global citizen means paying attention to how our own campus and local community are shaped by the myriad ways in which we are connected to other places around the world. In order to allow students to discover these connections for themselves, Young – in collaboration with another faculty member – designed a walking tour through the old industrial section of Madison in which directions, audio narration and historic images are delivered in real time via a mobile map. Young also applied for funds through the Global Studies program to buy a sufficient number of devices that students could check out from the library. During the walk, students took their own photos and then used these images to create a photo essay about Madison as a distillation of global processes. The walking tour has now taken place three times, receiving rave reviews from students

Thierry Cruvellier to teach Fall 2017 Course on International Criminal Justice 

This fall, Thierry Cruvellier will be teaching IS 601: Topics in Global Security: International Criminal Justice: Models and Practice.

IS 601 will focus on international courts and war crimes tribunals.  Specifically, over the past two decades, a dozen international or internationalized war crimes tribunals have been created in Europe, Africa and Asia. Such courts have become a familiar feature in the field of human rights as well as in world politics. How have these courts actually responded to their own claims and to the expectations they have raised? How have their functioning and practices evolved over time? Are some of their models better suited than others to achieve certain goals and, if so, based on what evidence? What is their judicial efficiency and how useful are they as political tools? How do they serve victims’ interests? What have they changed in the conflict-affected societies? Through a series of case studies, thematic sessions and creative views, using documentary films as well as a diverse range of readings from the legal, political, human rights and journalistic perspective, we will ground our discussions in the practical realities of the life of contemporary war crimes courts, with a critical mind and a comparative approach.

Thierry Cruvellier is an international journalist and author whose specialty is international criminal justice, especially the workings of international justice systems after war crimes and atrocities. He is the only journalist in the world who has attended and reported on all of the important post-Cold War international tribunals. Mr. Cruvellier is the author of three books: Court of Remorse: Inside the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2010);The Master of Confession (2014), which chronicles the trial of a Cambodian Khmer Rouge commander; and, coming out later this year, The Richest Poor Man — Stories from Sierra Leone. Writing in The New Yorker, Philip Gourevitch has called him, “a deeply informed and deeply thoughtful observer of the legal, political, moral, and psychological complexity of his subject. He is an elegant, understated writer, with a keen and rigorous intellect, and a wry, quiet wit.”

Mr. Cruvellier, who has a master’s degree in journalism from the Sorbonne, will spend Fall semester 2017 in residence in the UW-Madison’s Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS). While here, consulting with faculty, working in the library, and writing, he will teach an undergraduate course: International Studies 601, “International Criminal Justice: Models and Practice.” The course will meet on Tuesdays from 2:30 – 5:00. Space is limited. Enrollment preference will be given to International Studies majors who are juniors and seniors.  If you are interested in learning more about Mr. Cruvellier’s work with UW-Madison click here and for his recent work in the New York Times click here.

Fall 2017 Course Lists are Posted

Student Jamie Carroll studies in the Ebling Library inside the Health Sciences Learning Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 23, 2008. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Bryce Richter Date: 07/08 File#: D3 digital camera frame 6252

Student studies in the Ebling Library 
Photo by: Bryce Richter

You are able to access IS Major Fall Course lists on our website!

Course lists are a query of all the classes you can see in your dars against what is listed in Fall 2017 course guide.  We strive to maintain accurate lists. Occasionally courses on these courses lists are canceled or changed after we have compiled our lists for the semester. If you see a class on the list that you can’t find in course guide for Fall 2017 OR you find a class you think should be included please email Molly at molly.donnellan@wisc.edu. If you are requesting a class be added, please include a syllabus for the course in your email.

You should choose the list for your Option or Track select classes that meet Track Core and Issues requirements. For Electives in the Major, you may choose courses from the Issues list of any Option or the additional electives list.

We’re always accepting submissions to put on our walls!

What we’re looking for:
– any student photos taken during study abroad, internship abroad, IS-related student groups, or international events in and around Madison

If you’re looking to submit, you can send us your materials at  ismadvisor@ismajor.wisc.edu Remember to include your name, the place that your submission came from, and, if preferred, a small caption or some context for the material submitted. Please inform us if you would like your submission returned to you at any point, and make sure we have the contact information to do so.

Send us a postcard! 

Postcard_FarAre you studying abroad? We would love to get a postcard from you! Postcards can be dropped off in our office or mailed to:
International Studies Major
333 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Interested in Declaring the International Studies Major???

Students that are interested in declaring the International Studies major need to attend an

Student peer advisor Josh Jackson helps with registration (Photo credit: Jeff Miller)

Student peer advisor Josh Jackson helps with registration (Photo credit: Jeff Miller)

Intro to IS Major Workshop.  Workshops are offered 12 times per semester, you can see the full schedule here.  After attending a workshop, students are welcome to use Declare Me, walk-in advising, and scheduled appointments to declare the IS Major.




International Studies Major alumna, Jenna Bushnell recognized for her work

Jenna Bushnell

IS Major alumna, Jenna Bushnell

The Morgridge Center for Public Service has recognized Jenna Bushnell for her work with the Peace Corps.

A 2014 graduate, Bushnell serves as a public affairs specialist in the Peace Corps’s Washington, DC office.

“It’s my job to tell the wonderful stories of Peace Corps volunteers and let Americans know how they can make a difference by serving others,” says Bushnell.

For more information and the full story please visit the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

Career Events

Fall is a great time to develop your resume with an internship.  Please check the weekly IS Major e-newsletter and like our Facebook page for updates about internship and job postings.   Also, please check our events website for upcoming information.

Lijiang, China (Photo Credit: Dreux Montgomery)

Lijiang, China (Photo Credit: Dreux Montgomery)

Also, L&S Career Services can help you build and improve on your skills and learn about the following areas: mock interviewing, networking with alumni, job searching strategies, and  tailoring resumes or cover letters.

For more information  please visit their website.