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.

Spring IS Major Commencement Celebration

The International Studies Major celebrates with all our graduates on Tuesday, May 9th from 4:45pm-6:00pm in Union South.

Graduation Cap and Tassel
Photo by Jeff Miller

Come join IS Major faculty and staff for refreshments and a study break from finals week.  The IS Major Faculty Director will be giving students their lapel pin.  Students who graduate in the Summer or Fall are welcome to join us in May or pick up their pin in the IS Major Office.  RSVP online by clicking here.  Seniors will receive emails with more information soon!  Parents and guests are welcome to attend this event.


Summer 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 Sumer 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 Summer 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 Summer 2017 OR you find a class you think should be included please email Kirsten at krbrown7@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.

Spring 2017 Walk-In Advising 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 designed 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 end on 12/13/16.  Hours for Spring 2017 start on 1/18/17.

Spring 2017 Hours:

Monday 12:00-3:00 PM
Wednesday 1:30-2:30 PM
Thursday 10:30-11:30 AM

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
-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.


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.


Career Prep Course Spring 2017!!!

Career Fair; Photo Jeff Miller

Career Fair; Photo Jeff Miller

International Studies Majors are invited to enroll in Professional & Career Development class this spring! 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.


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.