Frequently Asked Questions
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You can find the contact information for INTS advisors here: https://liberalarts.tamu.edu/ints/people/academic-advisors/
If you are a Classics or Modern Languages major or minor, Sarah Borden is your primary advisor. However, you are always welcome to meet with any INTS advisor.
If you are an International Studies major, Daniella Stratta or Lizette Medrano are your primary advisors. However, you are always welcome to meet with any INTS advisor.
If you are an Honors International Studies Major, Daniella Stratta is your primary advisor. However, you are always welcome to meet with any INTS advisor.
Submit this completed Google Form: tx.ag/ACADQ and attach your Q-Drop Request form. You must be logged in with your TAMU account. This process may change next semester.
Be sure to check the Academic Calendar, all Q-Drops must be submitted by the listed deadline: https://registrar.tamu.edu/Academic-Calendar
This depends on the course. Generally, yes it is possible to audit courses. You will need to reach out to an instructor to obtain permission to audit a course. Then you will reach out to the advising office to verify there is space available. There is no fee associated with auditing a course and no academic credit will be granted for audited courses.
The international experience must be a minimum of 10 weeks long and have an emphasis on language immersion. Students must have completed through 202 of their language courses before being approved to complete their International Experience.
Students must also complete INTS 201 prior to their IE and complete INTS 481 after returning from their IE.
The international experience must be a minimum of 10 weeks long and have an emphasis on language immersion. Students must have completed through 202 of their German language courses before being approved to complete their International Experience.
We recommend students begin planning for their International Experience at least a year in advance.
If you are an INTS major, you may go abroad any semester after you have completed INTS 201 and through 202 of your language. German majors may go abroad any semester after they have completed GERM 202.
The International Experience is required for students majoring in International Studies and for students majoring Modern Languages – German.
Some exceptions were made due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. These exceptions were restricted to students graduating Spring 2020-Fall 2021 who were unable to travel internationally due to travel restrictions.
No additional exceptions are made for the International Experience requirement. This is a requirement of the International Studies and Modern Languages - German degrees.
Area studies is typically reserved for courses completed as part of the students International Experience (IE). If you need additional courses to fill your Area Studies requirement at TAMU, we distribute a list every semester that lists courses which will count for each geographic area.
Please meet with an advisor before taking a course to count toward Area Studies. If you have met with an advisor and cleared the course for this area, it is likely the course simply has not been adjusted yet in Howdy.
Please refer to the most recent Track List to determine which courses this semester will count toward the track requirements.
Fall 2021 Track List: tx.ag/fall21intscourses
Students interested in a double major with INTS, Classics, or Modern Languages must meet with an INTS advisor to discuss requirements.
Students already majoring in INTS/CLAS/MODL and wishing to pursue a second major must reach out to a major advisor in the second area to declare the second major as well as meet with an INTS advisor.
A double major can be pursued when both majors fall under the same degree type (ex. BA in INTS and BA HIST, or BA CLAS and BA PSYC). A double major requires 120 hours minimum, but generally will take closer to 130-140 hours to complete. A student with a double major is awarded a single diploma when they graduate.
When the majors fall under two different degrees a student must declare a double degree in each department (ex. BA INTS and BS in ECON, or a BA in MODL and a BS in Math). A double degree requires students to complete 150 unique hours between both degrees. This means that they are also completing both sets of core requirements. Students are awarded two separate diplomas when they graduate (unless one of the degrees is with Psychology).
In rare cases, two BA’s may require a double degree rather than a double major due to a lack (or excess) of overlap in the degree plans (ex. BA INTS-IPD and a BA in POLS or BA INTS and BA PSYC).
Students must (1) declare the double major or double degree no later than the semester in which they will complete 89 credit hours, (2) have a cumulative GPR of at least 3.0 at the time of declaration, (3) have completed 9 hours in their second major with a GPR of 3.0 or above.
A max of 12 hours may be overlapped to satisfy double major requirements.
It is not recommended for courses to overlap for double degrees since you must earn at least 150 credit hours.
For a minor in Comparative Cultural Studies – International, Classical Studies, or any language (except Spanish), students must meet with an INTS advisor to declare a minor. Students interested in adding a Spanish minor must instead meet with an advisor in the Hispanic Studies Department.
INTS/MODL/CLAS Majors interested in declaring a minor must meet with an advisor in the minor department. In the case of Business, Anthropology, History, and Economics, students do not need to meet with an advisor from that department and may declare the minor by meeting with an INTS advisor.
Arabic Studies – Students must have completed 101-201 of the language and be registered for ARAB 202 before declaring a minor. The minor must be declared before completing 90 credit hours.
Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Russian minors – Students must have completed 101-102 of their language and at least be registered for 201 before declaring a minor. The minor must be declared before completing 90 credit hours.
Minor must be declared before the student has completed 90 credit hours.
Students must have completed either CLAS 101 and 102 (Classical Greek) or CLAS 121 and 122 (Latin). The minor must be declared before completing 90 credit hours.
A maximum of 6 hours from the major may double count with minor requirements.
A maximum of 6 hours from transferred abroad credits may count toward a language minor.
Students must first meet with an advisor in the International Studies Department. Please refer to the “General Advising Questions” section to determine which advisor you should meet with.
Students will also need to submit a Major Change Request in Howdy. This may be done before or after you meet with an advisor, but your major change will not be considered for approval until you have met with an advisor. Check the Academic Calendar to determine dates the form is available in Howdy.
The Academic Calendar can be found here: https://registrar.tamu.edu/Academic-Calendar
If you are an INTS/CLAS/MODL major interested in changing your major to something else, you must reach out to an advisor in their department to find out what their requirements are and initiate a major change. You do not need approval from INTS advisors to change majors.
Please refer to this page for questions about language placement exams: https://liberalarts.tamu.edu/ints/placement-exams/
If you are a domestic student who speaks a second language, you may take a Language Placement Exam to earn college credit for the language. If you are an international student, you are not permitted to earn credit for your native language.
Spanish courses are under the control of the Hispanic Studies department. Please reach out to a HISP advisor for assistance with Spanish courses at email@example.com.
Make INTS advisors aware of your intentions to apply for the 3+2 program as soon as possible and mention it during subsequent advising appointments. This will ensure that you stay on track and reserve the correct courses for graduate use. Starting Sophomore year, students should be planning all courses with the 3+2 program in mind.
Students should apply for the Bush School 3+2 program their second semester of their junior year. Application information can be found here: https://bush.tamu.edu/admissions/degree/inta/5year/
INTS majors must be on the International Politics and Diplomacy track to qualify. Complete information about the 3+2 Program requirements can be found here: https://bush.tamu.edu/degrees/joint/mia-ints/
Students still completing undergraduate coursework may meet with INTS advisors for questions regarding undergraduate coursework or graduate coursework that will count toward INTS degree requirements.
Students who have completed all requirements for their INTS degree and are solely working toward the MIA requirements should meet with a Bush School advisor.
Students must complete 18 hours of Honors coursework to graduate with an Honors designation. While still a student, students must (1) maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPR, (2) maintain a 3.25 GPR in Honors course work, (3) make progress toward Honors curriculum requirements by taking at least 12 Honors credits by the time they depart for their international experience, (4) participate in the annual INTS Honors meetings, and (5) meet with their faculty mentor at least once per semester.
Prospective Freshman and Transfer students can submit an Honors application by email after their admission to Texas A&M. These should be submitted by the first week of May.
Continuing students must meet with the INTS Honors advisor to determine eligibility and whether they will be able to complete Honors requirements. If spots are available and they meet eligibility requirements, continuing students may submit an application for review. Applications for continuing students are reviewed January 15th, Math 15th, and September 1st.
The application can be found here: https://liberalarts.tamu.edu/ints/academics/ints-honors-program/
Yes, students are able to participate in all Honors programs. Each has unique requirements and students must complete all requirements for each program they participate in.
Courses with an Honors attribute will count toward Honors credits. Students may also Contract a non-Honors course for Honors credit. Students should work with faculty to develop an Honors contract and submit it to the LAUNCH portal (https://launchportal.tamu.edu/) by the 20th class day.
Daniella Stratta is the primary advisor for INTS Honors.
Please see the INTS Honors page here: https://liberalarts.tamu.edu/ints/academics/ints-honors-program/
This is where you can find the information you need as well as the INTS Honors Handbook and Application.