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The International Studies Program combines social sciences and humanities to examine international problems and change. Using a diverse, multidisciplinary approach, the Program encourages students to look at our increasingly interdependent world in order to learn how to study it and understand its politics, societies, economies, and cultures.
- Sara Curran, Chair
The major consists of approximately 70 credit hours plus language study within a general four-year B.A. course of study:
THIS REQUIREMENT IS SUSPENDED EFFECTIVE 1/1/12 for all new or continuing students intending to take Task Force Winter 2013 or later. See a JSIS adviser for clarification. Students taking Task Force in 2013 may be asked to submit a min. 10 page writing sample in Autumn of the final year in an online catalyst drop box to be eligible for taking Task Force.
Majors are required to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5, both overall and in the program, and earn a minimum 2.0 grade in all required SIS and JSIS-prefix courses.
Overlapping credits: A maximum of 15 credits that are used to fulfill minimum requirements of any other UW major can be counted in this major.
Approved tracks: Canada; China; Japan; East Asia; South Asia; Southeast Asia; Latin America; Middle East; Western Europe; Russia/Eastern Europe; Development; Environmental Studies; Ethnicity and Nationalities; Global Health; Jewish Studies; International Communication; International Human Rights, Law, State and Society; International Political Economy; Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Peace and Security
Download the SIS Major Handbook (PDF Format)
Admission to the major in International Studies is by application. Applications may be submitted by the third Friday of Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. Before applying, students must have completed (1) ECON 200, ECON 201, or JSIS/GEOG 123, and (2) either JSIS 200 or 201 to qualify for serious consideration.
Students may apply for admission to the major as early as spring of the freshman year, if they have completed the appropriate course work. Students are encouraged to apply as sophomores, and should apply no later than winter of their junior year. Transfer students should have completed at least one quarter at the University of Washington before applying.
Criteria used to select students include GPA, foreign language ability, international experience, a one-page statement of goals and educational background, and performance in JSIS 200 and/or 201 and, if taken, JSIS/GEOG 123, and ECON 200 and/or ECON 201. Additional upper-level major-related coursework is also reviewed if taken. Students are notified of admission or denial by the end of the third week following the application period.
To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click HERE.
In order to apply to the major, students must submit:
Be sure to write your UW email address and telephone number on the upper right-hand corner of your UW transcript. Transcripts and statement should be sent or brought to the Office of Student Services, Thomson Hall 111 no later than the third Friday of the quarter in which you apply. Please note that in order to be considered for admission to the major, students must have completed at least one academic quarter at the University of Washington.
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(For students declaring the minor in Autumn 2010 and after)
It is also possible to complete a minor in International Studies. For the minor, students must complete 30 credits, to include: (1) 10 credits chosen from JSIS 200, 201, 202; (2) 15 credits in JSIS B-prefix courses including at least 10 credits at 300 or 400 level (courses with other JSIS prefixes are not eligible, but JSIS 478 may be counted); (3) 5 additional credits chosen from undergraduate courses having any of the following prefixes: JSIS A, JSIS B, JSIS D. Minimum grade of 2.0 is required in each course applied toward the minor.
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