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 every year.

Faculty Advising

Students majoring in International Studies are assigned a faculty advisor with expertise in their area of concentration. When faculty take research leaves from the University, their student advisees are temporarily reassigned to other IS faculty or staff. Students who have concerns about their advisor should contact IS Program Director Erik Owens.

Students minoring in International Studies will have a primary faculty advisor in their major program or department, but are invited to consult informally with any IS faculty member or with our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Hiroshi Nakazato.

Peer Advising

Each year the IS Program hires a diverse team of Peer Advisors to help guide fellow students through the many decisions and processes required to make your way into and through the IS Program. We encourage current and prospective students to reach out to the peer advisors for answers, advice, and support.

Spring 2024 in-person peer advising hours (in Connolly House 202):   

  • Mondays  11:00am - 2:45pm
  • Tuesdays  1:30 - 4:30pm
  • Wednesdays  1:00 - 3:00pm
  • Thursdays  1:00 - 3:00pm
  • Fridays  11:00am - 1:00pm

How to meet with a Peer Advisor: 

  • To meet with a specific advisor, book an online appointment by clicking on the profiles below or come to their office hours.  
  • To book a meeting with any Peer Advisor, send an email to with the subject line "Peer Advising," telling us about your situation and when you'd like to meet.

Connect with a Peer Advisor

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I find the course substitutions form and other forms?
<p>Locate forms for course substitutions, withdrawals, pre-approvals, internships, and more on the Student Services site.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="/content/bc-web/offices/student-services/registrar/academic-forms.html">Student Services Site</a></span></p>
<p>Where can I find the course substitutions form and other forms?<br> </p>
Where can I get support for academic, health, or other issues?
<p>In addition to the academic advising conducted by our&nbsp;faculty advisors,&nbsp;program staff, and&nbsp;Peer Advisors, we encourage students to take advantage of the many&nbsp;campus resources listed here&nbsp;related to academic support; mental health; physical health/disability; gender and sexuality; mindfulness and spiritual counseling/communities; and support groups.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon"><a href="/content/bc-web/resources/for-students.html">Campus Resources for Students</a></span></p>
<p>Where can I get support for academic, health, or other issues?<br> </p>
Which courses are approved for the IS program?
<p>Review the list of approved Fall 2024 courses or a complete list of all approved courses offered in any semester.</p> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="">Fall 2024 Courses</a></span></p> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="">Complete List of Courses</a></span></p>
<p>Which courses are approved for the IS program?<br> </p>