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.

Summer Walk-In Hours

On a sunny December day, pedestrians walk past the University Square complex and Student Services Tower at 333 East Campus Mall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Dec. 4, 2012. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

On a sunny December day, pedestrians walk past the University Square complex. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

During summer, advising appointments can be made through WiscCal. We do not have walk-in hours during the summer.  Students who are not on campus or in Madison are welcome to use Skype for advising (please just schedule via WiscCal and then send an email with your Skype username).

Fall 2016 Walk-in Academic Advising Hours (Starts September 2nd)

Monday 12:00-3:00 PM
Wednesday 2:30-4:30 PM
Thursday 10:30-11:30 AM

Note, the office will be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.

Send us a postcard! 

Postcard_FarAre you studying abroad? We are collecting postcards from students to decorate the walls in our new office, and 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


The International Studies Major has moved to Room 333! 

Ingraham Hall; Photo Jeff Miller

Ingraham Hall; Photo Jeff Miller

The IS Major Office has moved from 301 Ingraham Hall to 333 Ingraham Hall. If you are checking in for Walk-In Advising, have an advising appointment, or need to drop by the office for some other reason, go to Room 333. We are still located in Ingraham Hall, just around the corner from our old office!  Kirsten’s office is now in room 332.

IS 601 Taught by International Journalist, Thierry Cruvellier
Thierry Cruvellier is an international journalist and author whose specialty is international Capturecriminal 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 2006);The Master of Confession (2011), 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 2016 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.

Career Prep Course 

Career Fair; Photo Jeff Miller

Career Fair; Photo Jeff Miller

International Studies Majors are invited to enroll in Professional & Career Development class this fall! The course is taught by Joel Clark, the IS Major Career Advisor. The course number is Soc 496 and it is a 1 credit course. Email Joel Clark for permission to enroll. The class will meet Wednesdays from 1-3pm for a total of 8 weeks.


Fall and Summer Course Lists are Posted!

People relax along the Memorial Union Terrace. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Union Terrace; Photo by Jeff Miller

Interested in taking courses for the IS Major this summer or next fall?  A variety of classes will be offered during the summer and fall terms, both on-campus and online. To view the course lists for each IS major option, click here.




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.