Creating Your Path Through INTS
Within the parameters of the requirements for the concentration, there is a wide array of courses and areas of interest to pursue. While the breadth of the international studies concentration may be attractive to you, you should also be careful to pursue in depth your own intellectual interests in the field. This begins in your first year of the concentration. At SUA, students are required to ‘declare’ a concentration by the end of their sophomore year, but students may opt to do so at an earlier date.
In line with university policy, students who declare International Studies as their concentration must fulfill the following requirements:
- A minimum of five courses (excluding independent or special study courses) selected from the INTS curriculum;
- These must also include a minimum of three courses taken at the 300- or 400-level.
Here it is also worth bearing in mind that International Studies courses are offered on a four-year rotation, with certain courses offered only once or twice during the cycle. It is, very useful to think through the courses you would most like to take in your time at SUA during your first and second year so that you are well prepared for them when you are a junior or senior. Another reason to begin to specialize early is that you may need a letter of recommendation for an internship in your junior year. If you have taken only 100-level courses, even if you have done well, the faculty member may not be able to comment on your intellectual strengths, as they have not yet been proven in more advanced work.
The intention is for you to find an intellectual mentor to guide your progress through the concentration. Of course this takes effort on your part as well. When you meet with your advisor during the academic advising period, come prepared with the required forms. Meetings with your adviser, however, should not simply take place when you need a signature. As you progress through the concentration you should discuss your evolving curriculum plan with your advisor, tying together course work, internships (if any), study abroad, and the capstone project.
Once you have declared INTS as your concentration, your first step is to meet with your faculty advisor. The registrar assigns an advisor to all first-year students at SUA. You may remain with that advisor throughout your SUA career or change to an INTS concentration faculty member by filling out the appropriate form on the Registrar’s website.
International Studies encourages students to develop intellectual focus and geographic and/or thematic specialization by taking an appropriate cluster of courses. Students should review their proposed curriculum plan with their advisor each semester.