Let students know about changes to CALS international studies requirement

The following message was recently shared by Karen Wassarman, CALS associate dean for academic affairs: 

Dear advisors and instructors,

I am asking for your assistance with advising and communicating with students about the changes to the CALS International Studies Requirement, effective fall 2019. As you may recall from communications last fall, the list of courses that fulfill the CALS International Studies Requirement has been updated and changed significantly (effective fall 2019) to allow students to deepen their understanding of CALS-related topics within an international context.

Beginning in fall 2019, students who have not already satisfied the International Studies Requirement will need to take a course from the new course list. Please note that the International Studies course list will not be updated in the GUIDE until the June update, and thus we need your help to communicate with students about the changes in the requirement, especially as they register for the fall semester. A message has been sent to all CALS students and we will continue to inform them of the changes through the student newsletter.

During this transition, the following policies will apply:

  • Students who take a course on the previous course list in fall 2019 or after will not have fulfilled the International Studies Requirement, and are not eligible to request an exception.
  • Students who have taken a course from the previous course list during summer 2019 or before will have satisfied the International Studies Requirement.
  • Students who have taken a course from new course list prior to fall 2019 may request that the course be used to fulfill the International Studies Requirement by submitting a syllabus from the course at the time they took it and a statement from the course instructor confirming that the course did not change significantly between when the course was taken and fall 2019.

For additional information about the course list, possible exceptions, and the appeal process visit the CALS International Studies Requirement website. Questions about this change can be directed to CALS Academic Affairs at

Thank you,

Karen M. Wassarman, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Professor, Department of Bacteriology