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ISM

About the Major

The International Studies Major (ISM) is a secondary major available to any NDSU student. The ISM is designed to internationalize a student's primary major. Students must plan ahead to complete all the necessary components. When the student graduates, the student will have a double major in their primary major and in International Studies.The major consists of five key components:

  • Core classes in International Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, History, Geography (for helpful information on how these classes might overlap with other required classes on campus see ISMwithGenEdRequirements.pdf and ISMwithBusiness.pdf)
  • Elective classes with a significant international focus (see International Courses.pdf)
  • Foreign language proficiency equal to two years of college level instruction
  • Completion of ten weeks international experience
  • Integrative senior project described on International Studies Proposal.doc.

See Major Form.pdf for a detailed breakdown of courses and requirements.

International Studies Major

ISM Declaration Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Sophomore standing (27 credits minimum).
  • First year foreign language proficiency (or equivalent).
  • Primary major already declared and at least 3 credits completed in that major.

Declaration forms are available in Registration and Records, Ceres 110 or ISM Declaration Form.doc. You must be at least a sophomore to declare the ISM in addition to meeting the remaining requirements.

ISM Advisor

For advising about the International Studies Major, please contact the Director of the ISM, Dr. Thomas Ambrosio, Criminal Justice and Public Policy Building 116, thomas.ambrosio@ndsu.edu, 701-231-7097.

Note: The Study Abroad Advisor and the Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services can do initial consultations with a student interested in the International Studies Major. The Office provides fact sheets, ISM Guides and information about international experience options, foreign languages offered through Tri-College, and how to declare the major. We promote the ISM at information fairs, on our website, and during student consultations and class visits. However, the OIP and the Study Abroad Advisor are not able to advise students about academic choices, senior projects or whether or not the student has fulfilled the major requirements. For those issues, please contact Dr. Thomas Ambrosio.