Academic Advising

Current Advising Notes

Academic advising notes for the Fall 2014 semester

  • Professor Chuck Bukowski is the Institute’s primary academic advisor.  Students with freshman or senior status, as well as new transfers, must meet with him prior to registering for classes.  All other students have been assigned either Professor Shah Tarzi or Professor Jeanie Bukowski as their advisor.  Advising assignments change according to semester hours earned so please check the Webster system or call the IS office (677-2450) to identify your current advisor. The Institute requires all freshmen, sophomores, seniors, and recent transfer students to meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes.  It is recommended, but not required, that all students meet with an advisor prior to registration.
  • IS 373 South and Southeast Asian Nations in International Affairs is offered.
  • IS 363 Middle East Nations in International Affairs is Offered.
  • Due to a change in Dr. Tarzi's schedule, IS 275 will be offered during the Spring 2015 semester.
  • IS majors should be aware that the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Global Scholars Program is very accessible.  Most of the requirements for this designation can be fulfilled simply by completing the IS major.  Further information on program requirements are available by completing a degree audit via Webster.  Contact Dr. Shah Tarzi if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the foreign language requirement for the IS major work?
The Institute requires six semesters of foreign language or the equivalent in order to graduate with the IS major.  Normally a student must complete six foreign language courses.  These courses can be taken at Bradley, or transferred from another school or from a study abroad experience.  A student can attain the equivalency requirement by completing two courses of a foreign language at the 300-level or higher.  A student may take less than six courses to reach the equivalency requirement.  In this case, the six semester requirement is waived.

May I take classes other than those listed as IS in order to fulfill the IS elective requirement?
There are many options beyond International Studies classes that can be used to fulfill the seven electives required for an IS major.  A detailed explanation of the electives policy can be viewed below.  In addition to coursework taken at Bradley, electives can be earned through a study abroad experience.

Who is my academic advisor?
International Studies majors who are freshmen or seniors should meet with Professor Chuck Bukowski for academic advising.  Other IS majors have been assigned either Professor Shah Tarzi or Professor Jeanie Bukowski as an advisor.  Check with the Webster system or the IS office (677-2450) to find out who your assigned advisor is.

Must every IS major see an advisor prior to registering for classes?
The Institute requires freshmen, sophomores, recent transfers, and seniors to see an advisor before selecting classes.  Students in these categories are encumbered by the Registrar’s Office and must see an advisor in order to have the encumbrance removed.  The Institute strongly recommends, but does not require, all other students in the IS major to see an advisor.  Students are reminded that University policy ultimately places the burden for meeting graduation requirements on the student.

What can I expect regarding the availability of the seven courses that are required for the IS major?
Availability of the required IS courses normally conforms to the following arrangement:

  • Fall Semester
    • IS 103, IS 182, IS 250, IS 275, IS 495
  • Spring Semester
    • IS 104, IS 182, IS 295


Changing availability of faculty members may cause this schedule to be altered.  Students should check the Institute advising website for current developments prior to the start of each registration period.

Is IS 495 ever offered during the spring semester?
Limited faculty availability precludes offering IS 495 in the spring.  Under extraordinary circumstances, it may be possible for a student to take this course during the spring semester.  “Extraordinary circumstances” do not include failing the course or dropping the course for reasons other than an extended involuntary incapacitation during the fall semester.

I am planning to study abroad, can I receive credit through IS 490 (Study and Travel Abroad)?
The IS 490 course is available only for activities undertaken abroad that otherwise do not have a means for granting academic credit.

Electives Policy

In 1999 the Institute of International Studies revised its policy regarding courses taken to fulfill the seven international studies electives requirement for the IS major.  These changes affect the courses students are permitted to take outside the Institute, but on campus.  Of course students may choose any class offered in the Institute to fulfill the elective requirement.  Effective the spring 2000 semester, the following courses will be accepted without condition as IS electives:

  • ECO 345, Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECO 351, Economic Development
  • ECO 390, International Monetary Economics
  • ECO 391, International Trade
  • IB 206, Introduction to International Business
  • FIN 323, International Financial Management
  • MTG 346, International Marketing
  • HIS 302, Topics in American History: Diplomatic History
  • HIS 337, Modern Non-Western History
  • HIS 339, Women in Global Perspective
  • PLS 317, International Law
  • PLS 318, International Organization
  • PLS 319, International Political Economy of the Industrialized World
  • SOC 326, Sociology of Globalization

There are many other courses offered at Bradley with a substantial international content that IS majors may be able to take as an IS elective, pending the approval of his/her advisor.  Such courses will be accepted as IS electives if they are part of a planned, cohesive course of study that the student works out with his/her advisor.  For example, if a student plans to develop an expertise in western Europe, in addition to taking IS 330 or 331 and studying an appropriate language, the student would be permitted to count PLS 304, Governments of West Europe, as an elective; however, the student would not be permitted to count HIS 335, Modern Mexico (for example), as an elective.

It is notable that the new approved elective list includes several courses from the College of Business Administration.  This decision reflects the faculty’s belief that broader exposure to business and economics courses will increase the opportunities available to IS majors after graduation.  In addition, a survey of our alumni yielded a similar opinion.  When asked what the Institute could do to better prepare its students for a career, one of the most popular answers was to encourage our students to take more classes in economics and/or business, while continuing to offer the broad IS core curriculum.