What We Do


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

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 and Civilizations, and the new Middle East and North Africa Studies Program.

The School is dedicated to advancing human progress and 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 brings together faculty from across the University to support uniquely interdisciplinary research aimed at the great challenge of advancing global human progress and educating the next generation of leaders who will address these issues. Improving the human condition around the globe is at the core of the school’s mission.

The Pardee School creates a unifying force for faculty and students by combining a number of existing departments, degree programs, and centers into its two divisions: one for regional studies and another for international studies. The Pardee School will seek to build on these synergies to develop new initiatives in teaching, research, and policy outreach that respond to the great global challenges of our times.