The Pardee School Undergraduate programs, housed within the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University, encompass five majors and eight minors, all focused on advancing human progress and educating the next generation of global leaders. Students take courses at BU’s Charles River Campus in Boston as well as at more than 40 study abroad programs offered in six continents. Our graduates work in organizations as varied as the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, the Environmental Protection Agency, in Fortune 500 Companies, and so much more.
International Relations has long been one of the most popular majors in the College of Arts & Sciences, and with good reason. IR majors receive foundational education in the economics, history, and theory of the field, as well as specialized substantive knowledge of at least one region of the world and one functional area of study. IR courses are grounded in both academic and practical applications, and are taught by a diverse faculty of CIA agents, expert international negotiators, former ambassadors, military officers, White House advisors, world famous academics, and more. With over 40 study abroad options on 6 continents, countless opportunities for undergraduate research, and a faculty of dedicated mentors to counsel students on their futures, IR students graduate well-prepared to begin their careers in global affairs.
The Asian Studies major focuses on East Asia and South Asia, with attention to Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Rim. It provides a broad interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, to deepen understanding of how Asian people, nations, states, regions, and diasporas have developed, functioned, and interacted, and how they view the world and themselves. The major is designed to be flexible, easily tailored to each student’s interests and learning goals, whether those focus on a certain country in the region or on particular transnational issues such as cultural flows, security, or economic development.
The European Studies program combines a unifying regional focus with a multidisciplinary approach, enabling students to bring together courses that develop their language skills; social, historical, and cultural knowledge; and political, economic, and international relations expertise. Combined with a study abroad program in Europe and a capstone interdisciplinary course in the senior year, students are able to integrate their European academic and cultural experiences with their disciplinary interests.
Latin America Studies
The major in Latin American Studies is a regionally focused, in-depth study of the history, politics, art, and economy of Latin America. The region is defined geographically by the 20 independent countries in the western hemisphere south of the United States. The major combines a focus on pre-Columbian and historical context, art and literature, and current social, economic, political, and foreign policy context. It also includes substantial study of Spanish or Portuguese to gain competence in a language used extensively in the region, and accepts courses from the five BU programs in Latin America.
Middle East & North Africa Studies
The interdisciplinary BA in Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Studies provides a coherent grounding in the history, cultures, artistic production, and one or more of the languages of the MENA region. MENA Studies capitalizes on BU’s remarkably strong offerings in four Middle Eastern languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish) and many aspects of Middle Eastern and North African culture and politics. It is designed to be flexible, easily tailored to each student’s particular interests and learning goals, whether those focus on a certain country in the region or a particular transnational issue. MENA Studies works well on its own or as a double major with International Relations or a disciplinary major.
The minor in International Relations is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges. The study of international relations at Boston University takes an interdisciplinary approach. Undergraduates studying international relations choose from a wide range of courses in history, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, and religion, among other disciplines. In a globalized world, the study of international relations provides a portal for entry into a variety of career fields or for further graduate or professional training.
African Languages & Literature
The Pardee School and the African Studies Center provide an excellent opportunity to further your interests in the study of Africa.
The minor in African Languages & Literature combines language and culture study with the study of written literature and oral traditions in the African context. In-depth knowledge of an African language of the student’s choosing is applied in courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology, sociology of language, history, language in government and education, literature, international relations, ethnomusicology, and folklore and oral traditions. This minor is made up of required and elective courses from the African Studies Center, as well as elective courses from other College of Arts & Sciences departments.
The minor in African Studies, offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges. Intended to expose students to disciplinary approaches outside their major, the minor adds area studies knowledge and encourages, through careful planning, increased exposure to the continent and its many peoples through a variety of lenses. With over one hundred faculty affiliates across campus and more than one hundred qualifying African content courses each semester, the African studies curriculum provides ample opportunity and variety to the interested student.
East Asian Studies
The minor in East Asian Studies (EAS), offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges. The minor focuses on China, Japan, and Korea, with attention to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim. It provides an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective in an effort to deepen understanding of how, over time, these societies have dealt with problems common to all humanity, and how they view the world and themselves. The minor can combine courses in anthropology, earth & environment, economics, history, history of art & architecture, international relations, political science, religion, and sociology, as well as language & literature. Students with a minor in EAS achieve an understanding of the East Asian experience that prepares them for a professional life in or related to East Asia.
The minor in European Studies, offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges.
Boston University’s European Studies Program combines a unifying regional focus with a multidisciplinary approach, enabling students to bring together courses that develop their language skills; social, historical, and cultural knowledge; and political, economic, and international relations expertise. The six-course interdisciplinary minor draws on the resources of 13 College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) departments and on Boston University Study Abroad programs in England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. Students study Europe’s cultural heritage; its political, economic, military, and religious histories; its literature, music, film, and philosophy; as well as its recent emergence as a new kind of international form through the European Union.
Latin American Studies
The minor in Latin American Studies (LAS), offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges. It provides students with a versatile vehicle for acquiring an understanding of the remarkably diverse Latin American region, defined as the 20 independent countries in the Western Hemisphere that are south of the United States, with Spanish, French, and Portuguese as their official languages. Interdisciplinary in nature and scope, the minor brings together a rich variety of courses that span fields including archaeology, economics, history, history of art and architecture, international relations, political science, romance studies, and sociology.
The minor in Muslim Cultures, offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, reflects the University’s long-standing commitment to the advancement of scholarship of the Muslim world. Members of the College of Arts & Sciences humanities and social science faculty offer a broad range of courses focusing on the Muslim societies and civilizations of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. This minor is available to students in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges and serves as a preparation for post-baccalaureate studies and for careers in anthropology, archaeology, history, art and literature, health, and diplomacy.
Ongoing world events have sparked a deep interest in the study of Muslim societies. The Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations within the Pardee School of Global Studies desires to foster a better understanding of those societies and to preserve their diverse heritage through an interdisciplinary approach that exposes students to Muslim societies’ historical, religious, anthropological, political, linguistic, and cultural characteristics. The minor in Muslim Societies, offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges.