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Interational Studies Registration Guide: Spring 2018

From Dr. Sheila Carapico, program coordinator

Advising for Spring 2018 begins Monday, October 23. Registration begins on Monday, October 30 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, October 24, 1:00-4:00
  • Friday, October 27, 11:30-1:30
  • Monday, October 30, 10:30-12:00
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2:00-4:00
  • Wednesday, November 1, 3:30-4:30
  • Thursday, November 2, 1:00-4:00  

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.


Students filing graduation in May or August 2018 must do an audit of all majors and minors, as well as general education requirements, by mid-November. You will receive from the Registrar’s Office a degree audit packet. Please read and follow instructions. Meet with your IS faculty advisor to review what courses you have completed and identify any remaining requirements. Audit forms must be signed by both your IS advisor and me as IS Coordinator.


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 spring of 2018 are encouraged to register for a .25 credit independent study, IS 390: Study Abroad Virtual Seminar. Participating students will read some articles or short stories about their study abroad locale; share experiences with one another via Box postings; and be invited to contribute essays or photos to The Collegian.  


Majors anticipating graduation in May or August 2018 who have not yet taken the capstone course must complete the following spring seminar. (pre-requisite: IS290 and senior status)


IS 400: 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). 


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
  • Either 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 Spring 2018 courses offered at Richmond for each IS Concentration will be emailed and posted on the IS website by Monday, October 23.

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 a full-credit IS 388 Internship or IS 390 Independent Study should consult with their IS advisor and with me as IS Coordinator.