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.

Professional & Career Development Course for IS Majors

More than 2,200 UW-Madison students and alumni aspired to stand out from the crowd, share resumes and talk with recruiters from 183 registered employers participating in the Spring Career and Internship Fair, held at the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Jan. 31, 2012. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Over 2,200 UW-Madison students participate in the Career Fair. (Photo: Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Looking for some Career Direction but not sure where to start?  Consider taking a one credit Professional & Career Development course taught by our IS Major Career Advisor, Joel Clark during the Spring 2016 semester.  For more information about this class including assignments, learning outcomes, and how to register click here. Please note that this course will not count as one of your 35 credits to complete the IS Major.

Spring 2015 IS Major Course Lists Are Here!

Rebecca Stern, studies in the Historical Society library reading room. (Photo credit: Jeff Miller)

Rebecca Stern, studies in the Historical Society library reading room. (Photo credit: Jeff Miller)



The Spring 2016 course lists have been posted for each of the IS Major tracks! You can find them here.




IS Major office CLOSED for Thanksgiving

During a Madison Friends of International Students (MFIS) Thanksgiving event, hosts Eng and Bill Braun (left), along with their son Paul (far left), talk with their guests, Shoji Shimomura and his wife, Manami (center); Muhamad Hafizul (far right); and Sun-Hyeh Kung (foreground right) on Nov. 22, 2007. MFIS volunteers invite international students, scholars and their families to their homes for traditional American Thanksgiving meals. Shimomura is a visiting scholar from Japan at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hafizul is a UW-Madison student from Malaysia, and Kung is a UW-Madison student from South Korea. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Bryce Richter Date: 11/07 File#: D200 digital camera frame 7769

Madison Friends of International Students Event. (Photo credit: Jeff Miller)

The IS Major office in Ingraham 301 will be closed from Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving. This includes all academic advising, walk-in advising, and drop-in Declare Me sessions.  Please plan ahead and schedule your advising meetings around the holiday.  Thank you!


IS Major Advisor Kirsten Brown’s Office has Moved!

Golden light reflects off the front of Ingraham Hall during a summer sunset. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Jeff Miller Date: 6/04 File#: D100 digital camera frame 5553

Ingraham Hall, home of the International Studies Major (Photo by: Jeff Miller)

IS Major Advisor Kirsten Brown has moved from her office in 301 down the hall to 332 Ingraham.  If you are meeting with Kirsten for either walk-in advising or a scheduled appointment, please go to 301 Ingraham,  sign in on the computer, have a seat in one of the chairs, and Kirsten will come get you.  If there is no front desk worker and Kirsten does not come to get you within 5 minutes of your appointment time, please walk down to room 332.  Thank you for your help during this transition time.  Hopefully the IS Major will be in our new office space (333) by the start of Spring 2015!

Fond Farewell to IS Major Advisor, Dreux Montgomery

Dreux Montgomery

Dreux Montgomery

It is with a heavy heart and wonderful wishes that we say goodbye to IS Major advisor Dreux Montgomery.  Over the summer Dreux took a job at UC-Berkeley.  We are excited for Dreux and his family to take on this new adventure in sunny California. However, the IS Major community will miss his thoughtful insight and  willingness to welcome students in a variety of languages.  For the time being, Kirsten Brown will be addressing all advising for the International Studies Major.  If you were previously working with Dreux, please feel free to schedule your next advising appointment with Kirsten using WiscCal or use walk-in hours.

Dreux also advised for the Asian Studies Major -Concentration in East Asia and  East Asian Studies Certificate.  IS Major students who worked with Druex in this capacity should contact Mike Cullinane, a faculty associate in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  We will miss Dreux and wish him a wonderful next adventure!

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.