Undergraduate Programs

The Pardee School’s 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.

Majors

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, as well as specialized substantive knowledge of at least one region of the world and one functional area of study. IR courses are taught by a diverse faculty of CIA agents, expert international negotiators, former ambassadors, military officers, White House advisors, world famous academics, and more.


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 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.


The major in Latin American Studies is a regionally focused, in-depth study of the history, politics, art, and economy of Latin America’s 20 independent countries. 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, as well as opportunities for study abroad.


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. MENA Studies works well on its own or as a double major with International Relations or a disciplinary major.

Minors

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. The minor in International Relations is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges.


The Pardee School and the African Studies Center provide an excellent opportunity to further your interests in the study of Africa.

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.


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 Studies encourages increased exposure to the African continent and its many peoples through a variety of lenses. With over one hundred qualifying African content courses each semester, the African Studies curriculum provides ample opportunity and variety to the interested student.


The minor in East Asian Studies (EAS) 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.


Boston University’s European Studies program combines a unifying regional focus with a multidisciplinary approach. The six-course interdisciplinary minor draws on the resources of 13 College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) departments and on Boston University Study Abroad programs.


The minor in Latin American Studies (LAS), offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, provides students with a versatile vehicle for acquiring an interdisciplinary understanding of the Latin American region’s 20 diverse nations.


The minor in Muslim Cultures reflects the University’s long-standing commitment to the advancement of scholarship of the Muslim world. Courses focus on the Muslim societies and civilizations of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.


Ongoing world events have sparked a deep interest in the study of Muslim societies. The Muslim Societies minor takes a social sciences approach to Muslim societies, focusing on historical, religious, anthropological, political, linguistic, and cultural characteristics.