Advising Tips for Students

NOTE TO STUDENTS: THIS IS THE INFORMATION THAT ACADEMIC ADVISORS USE WHEN ADVISING STUDENTS IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES. IT HAS SOME GOOD TIPS, ESPECIALLY REGARDING THE ECONOMICS REQUIREMENT.

International studies (IS)

This program draws upon the disciplines of Economics, History, Modern Languages, and Political Science. Students majoring in IS complete general coursework as well as focus courses in a region (East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa), attain proficiency in a language used in that region, and study abroad in that region.

 Any questions can be directed to International Studies Program Chair, Laura Reeck, lreeck@allegheny.edu, 332-2330.

  1st Semester 2nd Semester Either Semester
First-year FS 101 

INTST 110

Language Course according to placement

ECON 101 OR Political Theory course

FS 102

Language Course

ECON 101 OR Political Theory course

Lower-level History course in area of intended focus
Sophomore Focus on Language Study and Core Courses in Economics, History, and Political Science
Junior  Focus on Regional Track Courses 

An approved Junior Seminar in either semester

Study Abroad in either semester

Senior INTST 600 (2 cr) INTST 610 (4 cr)
    • During the first two years at Allegheny, students should focus on language study and core courses in Economics, History, and Political Science. Note: Regarding the Economics requirements, students majoring in IS do not need to take calculus to enroll in ECON 251 or ECON 256 as per a long-standing agreement with the Economics department.  However, they should have a background in calculus to take ECON 200 or ECON 201; these two courses are for students with a very strong interest and background in Economics.
    • The student should choose an advisor from one of the faculty serving the International Studies program as soon as s/he is ready to declare, as advising in IS requires substantial knowledge of the program. Faculty advisors in IS can be found on the program’s website under “Affiliated Faculty.”  The IS Program Chair, Laura Reeck, is also available to advise any major in IS. Before declaring, students are strongly encouraged to speak with the IS Program Chair with any questions they may have.
    • IS majors are encouraged to look into civic engagement opportunities in the local community as well as into the Law and Policy Program run by the Center for Political Participation, specifically its Global Affairs Focus.  Participating in programs like Culture2Culture is also highly recommended.