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.

Peace Corps + IS Major Workshop

Are you an IS major thinking about the Peace Corps? Join us!

International Studies Major + Peace Corps Workshop
October 20th, 4 pm – 5:30 pm, 260 Bascom

This IS Major + Peace Corps Workshop is targeted for students who are interested in the IS major and/ or Peace Corps. This workshop will help students understand how the International Studies major’s curriculum prepares students for Peace Corps work, and advises on the Corps application.

Fall 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)

Pedestrians walk past the University Square complex. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Walk -in Advising for the IS major is desigend to answer quick questions that take less than 20 minutes.  Advising is on a first come, first serve system.  Students should go to Ingraham room 333 to sign-in and wait for the next available advisor.  Hours for Fall 2016 are:

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


Help spruce up Room 333 (now with prizes)! Now accepting student photographs, art, and other materials to post around the International Studies Office. 


Extreme Makeover Room 333 Edition

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
-any student art inspired by study abroad, internship abroad, or international related events or issues
-any mementos from the abovementioned categories that we can stick on a wall (posters, flyers, brochures, newspapers)

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.

At the end of October, two submissions will awarded given a $50 gift card (art and mementos will be given preference)!

You’re also welcome to bring in materials to the International Studies Office when we are open!

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

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.



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.  There is still space for Fall 2016 in Joel’s career class.  This class starts in the second 8 week session (mid-October)!

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.