Student Resources

Basics

We try to ensure all the information you need to make your way through the Program is readily available. The INTL website and the HSU catalog are there because the first rule is: help yourself!

If you have questions or concerns, the International Studies staff, Program Leader and your advisor are all there to help guide you through the process.

Link to FAQ.

Top Tips and Rules

When you declare INTL as your major you should also declare your Concentration if you can. This has a significant impact on coursework options and so doing this as soon as possible is important. Talk to your adviser or the Program Leader.

Attend the required Study Abroad informational session ASAP - even if you plan to go later. This information will help you and your adviser plan your HSU coursework, give you the best chance to find a less expensive option, and apply for the maximum number of grants or scholarships.

You must return to campus for your final semester - you may not complete your degree then go abroad to finish.

All courses required for the major in residence at HSU must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

INTL students must maintain a 2.0 in major courses.

INTL students must not take optional CR graded work within the minimum major requirements.

Major Planning Guide (and Contracts)

The university is moving to an online system DARS Planner for course enrollment and planning. As we transition, students will need to plan at least three semesters ahead in the system. Students who already have a major contract can continue to use that as a guide while new students should begin to use the DARS Planner PDF in conjunction with the International Studies Major Academic Plans and Major Guide to the Planner – both linked here.

Due to the evolution of the International Studies Program, it is important to know your catalog year.

A student’s catalog year is generally based on the year they first enrolled at HSU. If you changed major, it is possible to use the year you transferred into a major as the catalog year. It is even possible to choose any year later than one of the above dates.

The general rule is that you cannot choose any previous year and this is simply because certain majors/requirements/courses are no longer available and cannot be supported.

Begin to use both DARS Planner and the Major Guide to the Planner as soon as you declare the major as a planning tool and a checklist for your meetings with your adviser.