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international studies program

The interdisciplinary character of the major and minor in International Studies requires that students carefully coordinate their course of study across many academic departments. Early planning is essential to a successful program, as schedules can conflict and not all courses are offered in every year.

Faculty and Staff Advisors

Students majoring in International Studies will be assigned an advisor with expertise in their area of concentration (economics, political science, or humanities). Students minoring in International Studies may consult with the Program Advisor, Ms. Patricia McLaughlin, or with the Director and Acting Associate Director of the Program, Prof. Robert Murphy and Prof. Hiroshi Nakazato, respectively.

Additionally, faculty from many disciplines are associated with the International Studies program and are a good source of advice for students.

Prof. Robert Murphy

Director of International Studies
Maloney Hall, Room 394
21 Campanella Way

Prof. Hiroshi Nakazato

Associate Director of International Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Carney 247

Ms. Patricia McLaughlin

Academic Advisor/Administrative Coordinator
Gasson 109

Elizabeth Birch

Graduate Assistant
Gasson 109
T: 8:30-10:30
W: 2- 4:30
Th: 8:30-10:30
F: 8:30-1:00, 2:00-5:00


Peer Advising

All majors and minors as well as prospective students are encouraged to consult with our student peer advisors. Peer advisors are junior and senior International Studies majors available to help students chart their course of study by discussing classes, studying abroad, internships, and senior research projects.

Peer Advisors are not available during the summer. Direct all email inquiries to Ms. Patricia McLaughlin or phone 1-617 552-2800. Please note the email is checked infrequently during the summer months.


Peer Advisors

Eleanor Hildebrandt
Disciplinary Base: Political Science
M: 12:00-3:00
T: 11:00-1:00
W: 12:00-3:00
Th: 3:00-5:00

Jessica Zuban
Disciplinary Base: Ethics & International Social Justice - Global Health
M: 9:00-12:00
T: 1:30-4:30
W: 9:00-12:00

Alex Gaynor
Disciplinary Base: Ethics & International Social Justice - Human Rights
T: 9:00-12:00
Th: 9:00-10:30
F: 10:30-1:00

Students may stop by Carney Hall 243 during the above hours, or they can make an appointment with a Peer Advisor by contacting them by email or phone 617-552-1267.