52-Unit Major Advising FAQ

We're happy to have you join us! In order to make sure you have all the relevant information prior to making the switch, please do the following:

  1. Come to the department office - Kalmanovitz 213 - to pick up a New Student folder from Jenny Alcivar, BAIS Program Assistant.
  2. Following this meeting, you may want to meet with a BAIS Peer Adviser, who will give you a mini-orientation to the major, help you with your four-year plan, and answer any general questions you have.
  3. Once you are sure you wish to declare the major, come to our office (Kalmanovitz 213) to fill out Change of Academic Program (CoAP) online form. If you wish to declare your track/concentration and region/minor, you may do so at this time.
  4. Following filling out the form, you should plan to meet with your new Faculty Adviser, the Undergraduate Director, or the Department Chair, to receive specific advising for the major.

International Studies is a large, complicated, interdisciplinary major that can be difficult to navigate without advising. You will be choosing a functional track (16 units) and a regional minor (20 units), which, along with the four basic required courses, make up the 52 units needed for the major. Consulting with an advisor at least once a semester will ensure that you stay on track to graduate and meet all the requirements of the major and USF.

BAIS Peer Advisors 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 Advisors are available for consultation during the first weeks of classes and around the advising period each semester. You do not need to make an appointment to see a Peer Advisor and you do not have to see a specific Peer Advisor each time.

BAIS Peer Advisors also serve as Squad Leaders for small groups of incoming students each year.

Questions for Peer Advisors

  • What classes should I take first (second, third…)?
  • Which track/minor 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 / minor 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?

As a BAIS major, you will have two advisers – one for your functional track and one for your regional minor. To see your advisers, you can check the Student tab on myUSF. If you have not declared your functional track and/or regional minor, your adviser is the Undergraduate Director, Professor Gifford.

You can find the office hours for the BAIS faculty advisers for each track and minor on myUSF. You can also meet with your faculty adviser(s) during BAIS Group Advising sessions.

Every semester, prior to the registration period for next semester’s classes, the BAIS program holds mandatory Group Advising. These dates will be announced in the BAIS newsletter. 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 the course list for next semester is distributed. 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.