About the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies


The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies is Boston University’s newest initiative to advance human progress.

The Pardee School is dedicated to improving the human condition through rigorous and creative undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; path-breaking research; and active engagement in innovative initiatives that apply this education and knowledge to make a real-world difference in the critical challenges humanity faces.

The Pardee School leverages the University’s existing strengths in international and area studies to reach new levels. The School, endowed by a $25 million gift from Frederick S. Pardee (SMG’54, GSM’54, Hon.’06), will educate the next generation of global leaders by bringing together faculty from across Boston University to support uniquely interdisciplinary teaching, research, and outreach aimed at the great challenge of improving the human condition around the world.

Housed within the College of Arts & Sciences and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the Pardee School consists of two divisions: International Studies and Regional Studies, combining under one roof the University’s International Relations program and various areas studies programs and centers, such the Center for the Study of Asia, the Center for the Study of Europe, the Latin American Studies Program, the African Studies Center, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations, and the new Middle East & North Africa Studies Program.

The Pardee School approach to education and research transcends the boundaries that separate academic departments and programs. Our research and education weave together the strands of social science, natural science, and humanities methods and insights to create more integrated knowledge. Our education aims to produce globally competent citizens in all walks of life and professional specialists and leaders in international affairs. Our work is academic and engaged, grounded in a deep understanding of the past, a rigorous analysis of the present, and an unwavering commitment to a better future.