First-year students considering an International Studies major should:
1. Begin or continue language study: IS majors must take one year of language beyond Kenyon's language requirement. Language study also provides a valuable introduction to a region's culture and is necessary to study off-campus in the student's region of geographical focus.
2. Take one or preferably two "foundation courses" in the thematic track in which the student is interested as listed in this website's description of "The Major". Specific foundation courses first-year students should consider in the four tracks include the following:
Note that these foundation courses serve as required or strongly recommended introductory courses for the majors in the departments in which they are offered. Students unsure about a major can hence begin to make progress in both International Studies and other majors by taking some of these courses.
3. Or explore a course on the geographical area in which the student might concentrate—i.e. sub-Saharan Africa; North Africa and the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; East or South Asia; Eastern Europe and Central Asia; Western Europe; or the Islamic world.