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The LAS International Student Network is here to support you. We are always here to talk if you have questions about navigating the university, finding resources or reaching your future goals. We hope to also create a home away from home for you to connect with both international and American students at Iowa State.

LAS will help you challenge yourself, explore new experiences such as undergraduate research, and prepare for your future career. You can create a unique adventure here, and make plans to reach your goals.

Academics

At Iowa State, you will enjoy the best of a large research institution in a friendly, welcoming setting. Iowa State is one of only 62 AAU (Association of American Universities) members in the United States and Canada, which puts us on the leading edge of research and innovation.

Iowa State has eight colleges, including your college — the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). Within LAS, there are 21 academic departments and one school. LAS is home to 50 majors.

How are the university, LAS, and academic departments related?

Think of Iowa State University as your neighborhood. In this neighborhood, LAS is your house. Your academic department is like your room in the house.

LAS will support you with resources such as the LAS International Student Network, LAS Career Services, LAS Study Abroad and more. Your department is where you will take classes in your major and receive academic advising.

Along with classes in your major, you will also take general education classes and elective classes. General education classes give you a strong foundation of knowledge. Elective classes are an opportunity to enhance your degree and make your experience unique from other students.

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When I first came to Iowa State, I found that the general education requirements were confusing and unnecessary as they were unrelated to my major. However, after taking many general education courses, I realize that they were essential to my learning as I was able to explore interesting subjects outside my major which also led me to my second major”

Brenda
(’21 political science and psychology), Singapore

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At first, the requirement of taking general education classes was a pressure for me, since my major courses were already difficult enough. However, since I could choose any courses I was interested in, it was actually fun to take the courses. My favorite elective course at Iowa State was to practice in the Symphonic Band. It was an unforgettable memory to play a flute in front of a lot of people in a big band.”

Ye-Lim
(’18 psychology), South Korea

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“I am surprised that there are so many subjects and classes you can choose as your general education classes. I look forward to taking Introduction to World Religions.”

Madesh
(’22 computer science), India

Minors and Second Majors

Some students also choose a minor or a second major at Iowa State. Minors allow you to take additional classes in a special area of interest. A minor or a second major can also set you apart to future employers.

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I am very fond of reading tech articles and I always wanted to write articles that help people to experience the technological advancements happening in the world. My minor in journalism and mass communication helps me to do that.”

Madesh
(’22 computer science), India

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I chose psychology as a second major to add a specialization in a field outside of my primary major, political science. I was interested in entering the public health system which led me to this combination of majors. My two majors are often intertwined especially since they are both liberal arts majors.”

Brenda
(’21 political science and psychology), Singapore

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I had one minor: biology. I was studying psychology, but I was interested in biological psychology. I wanted to broaden my knowledge and approach to psychology with the perspective of biology.”

Ye-Lim
(’18 psychology), South Korea


Welcome to a place where you can fulfill your potential, challenge yourself with new perspectives, and grow as a person.


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I have learned that it is important to fully utilize the opportunities that have been given to me. Through these opportunities, I was truly able to develop my potential and skills. I have also learned that it is important to ask for help if I have any difficulties. The staff and faculty were more than happy to attend to any questions that I had and to help me with anything as they all are passionate for student success at Iowa State”

Brenda


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I gained confidence. ISU provided many diverse opportunities to practice leadership skills, research skills, and interaction with others. I also gained love from ISU. There were so many people I have met who encouraged and cheered me to study and step outside of my comfort zone to explore the world. The love and confidence I gained developed me as a better person so that I can take further steps in a bigger society.”

Ye-Lim