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Interational Studies Registration Guide: Fall 2017

From Dr. Sheila Carapico, program coordinator

Advising for Fall 2017 begins Monday, March 20. Registration begins on Monday, March 27 for current seniors. Check your registration times.


Please arrange to see your IS faculty advisor well before your assigned registration time. If for any reason you are unsure who your IS advisor is, consult GradTracker (if IS is your first major) or the list posted on the bulletin board across from INTC 302.

Your official faculty advisor must tag BannerWeb status to “Advised” before you can access registration. If you are a double major, and IS is not your first major, the advisor for your primary or first major will change your status to “Advised,” but you should still consult with your IS advisor or the coordinator. Students studying abroad should email their advisors but can also find detailed registration information on the Registrar’s Office Website: Registrar’s Office Website.

I am available for office hours in International Center 304 the following days and times.      

  • Tuesday 3/21 1:00-4:00
  • Thursday 3/23 1:00-3:00
  • Friday 3/24 12:00-2:00
  • Tuesday 3/28 1:00-4:00
  • Thursday 3/30 2:00-5:00
  • Friday 3/31 2:00-4:00

For questions about registration, transfer credits, approval of courses for the major, and so forth please email me and please cc your IS faculty advisor.

The requirements for the major are listed on the website.


These requirements include a semester of study abroad relevant to the concentration within the major (See the website for recommended programs for each concentration in the major, and consult with your IS faculty advisor before making a decision).

Students who will be studying abroad during the fall of 2017 are encouraged to register for a .25 credit independent study, IS 390: Study Abroad. In response to student requests, this pilot experiment will facilitate communications among me as IS Coordinator, other IS majors who are studying abroad, and other IS faculty. We will have a few common readings; students will share experiences with one another via a blog or other medium and be invited to contribute essays or photos to The Collegian; and we will meet once or twice after your return to Richmond to ‘debrief.’   


Majors anticipating graduation in December 2017 or May or August 2018 must plan to take the senior seminar, IS400, a capstone research seminar for all International Studies majors. (Prerequisite: IS290 and senior status) For 2017/18 there are two options in the fall and one in the spring.

FALL 2017

IS 400-01 Senior SeminarGlobal Poverty and Inequality (Professor Pribble).  Global poverty and inequality are issues of intense debate and deep concern.  Indeed, since the adoption of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, the issue of global welfare has assumed a privileged place at the top of the international political agenda.  Nonetheless, the problem continues to aggravate most regions of the world and in 2010 it was estimated that 48 percent of individuals in sub-Saharan Africa lived in extreme poverty (on less than US$1.25 per day), while that number equaled 30 percent in South Asia; 14 percent in South-East Asia; and 6 percent in Latin America.  This course will engage students in a semester-long exploration of the issues of global poverty and inequality. We will begin the semester with a critical analysis of the concepts of poverty and inequality.  During the second portion of the semester, we will discuss different theoretical approaches for explaining the causes of poverty and inequality and then finish with a series of readings about how poverty and inequality affect politics, economics, and socio-cultural developments around the globe.  

IS 400-02 Senior Seminar: Global Activism (Professor Carapico)
How do people mobilize across national boundaries or on a global scale to make a better world? This capstone seminar in International Studies will explore modes of activism via protest movements, artistic production, philanthropic projects, cyber-networks, legal defense, or myriad other avenues, on such issues as climate change, disaster relief, social justice, or cultural preservation. We will read scholarly analyses and study primary documents together during the first part of the seminar. Over the course of the semester each student will prepare an extensive bibliography, working from the class syllabus and individual research; discover and analyze original, primary-source materials on a suitable topic of their choosing; and write a major paper (typically 25-30 pages, including tables and graphics).   


IS 400: Humanitarianism and Capitalism (Professor Bischof)
This course explores the relationship between making money and doing good in the modern world.  It examines moments when humanitarianism and capitalism seemed to be in tension as well as moments when they seemed to be in harmony.  As it does so, it explores the underlying conceptions of race, poverty, gender, economics, and international relations that influenced these perceptions about the relationship between humanitarianism and capitalism.  The course will begin with several historical case studies, after which students will pursue their own research projects. 


Majors who have not yet completed the gateway courses should register for at least one of the following:

  • The required IS 290 Perspectives in International Studies (one section in fall 2017 and two in spring 2018)
  • One unit from IS/GEOG 210 Geographic Dimensions of Human Development or PLSC 250 Introduction to International Relations.


In addition to the courses listed in the schedule under the IS heading, consult listings under Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, Geography, History, Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, or other departments for courses relevant to your concentration.

A list of Fall 2017 courses offered at Richmond for each IS Concentration will be emailed and posted on the IS website by Tuesday, March 21.

Note: IS majors are strongly advised to study in different departments and disciplines; no more than four courses in any one department can be applied toward the IS major and at least three disciplines must be represented.


Anyone interested in doing an IS 388 Internship or IS 390 Independent Study should consult with their IS advisor and with me as IS Coordinator.