48-Unit Major Advising FAQ

International Studies is a large, complicated, interdisciplinary major that can be difficult to navigate without advising. You will be choosing a concentration (20 units) and a regional focus (12 units), which, along with the three basic required courses and the capstone course, make up the 48 units needed for the major. Consulting with an adviser at least once a semester will ensure that you stay on track to graduate and meet all the requirements of the major and USF.

International Studies Peer Advisers are current international studies students who have been trained to share their experience with the major and provide advising to other BAIS students for general questions about the major. Peer Advisers are available in KA 385 for consultation (see Canvas for the week’s schedule). You do not need to make an appointment to see a Peer Adviser and you do not have to see a specific Peer Adviser each time.

Questions for Peer Advisors

  • What classes should I take first (second, third…)?
  • Which track / region should I choose?
  • Should I study abroad? What options are there?
  • Which classes count for BAIS and the CORE? Can I double-count them?

Questions for Faculty Advisors

  • Can I count a special topics class, independent study, etc. for the major?
  • Have I completed the track / region requirements?
  • How does a specific study abroad program fit into my requirements for the BAIS major?
  • Will this class I took elsewhere count towards my major?

To see who your faculty adviser is, you can check the Student menu on myUSF.

You can find the office hours for the BAIS faculty advisers on myUSF. You can also meet with your faculty adviser during BAIS Group Advising sessions.

Every semester, prior to the registration period for next semester’s classes, International Studies holds mandatory Group Advising for first-years and sophomores. Students must attend one Group Advising session to have their Advising Hold removed, so they can register for classes. During these sessions, the requirements are discussed and new courses for the semester are announced. Peer and faculty advisers are also available for consultation.

  • Fill in your “Four Year Plan” as far as you are able.
  • Meet with a Peer Advisor to get general questions answered.
  • Have specific questions ready for your faculty adviser.
  • Retrieve your advising file from the department office (KA 213) to bring with you.

The BAIS major underwent a major curriculum update in Fall 2019. Students who added the major in prior years will be completing the previous curriculum, while new students will be completing the updated curriculum requirements. Thus, your peers may have different requirements than you. If you have any questions, please discuss with your adviser or the International Studies office.