Boston Studies

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | Metropolitan College

Boston University is proud to be "Boston's university." Utilizing Boston as a classroom, the Boston Studies series explores the city's rich resources in art, architecture, history, and sociology. Each course in this series combines classroom lectures with dynamic field experiences throughout the city.

College of Arts & Sciences

Introduction to American Studies

CAS AM 200

Topic for Summer 2016: Boston from Revolution to Red Sox. Intensive three-week course. From the Revolution to the Red Sox, this course explores Boston through representations of the city in history, literature, popular fiction, film, and television, as well as through several class field trips to important Boston landmarks. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 25-August 11)


Perspectives on the American Experience

CAS AM 301

Topic for Summer 2016: A Walk in the Park: Understanding Boston Through Green Space. Through numerous fieldtrips, this course uses greater Boston's green spaces as an outdoor classroom to examine the meaning of parks – public and private, large and small – and how they both shape and reflect ideas of class, race, ethnicity, and gender. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)


Boston: An Ethnographic Approach

CAS AN 309

An anthropological approach to the city of Boston through the senses, its places and its living experiences. Explores Boston as a set of ideas surrounding identity, ethnicity, race, class, religion, and politics. Includes weekly field trips to Boston's diverse neighborhoods. Topics for lecture and discussion include the mapping of Boston's peculiar patterns of geographical development, industrialization, food, and immigration. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)


Metropolitan College

History of Boston

MET HI 373

Provides an overview of the evolution and development of Boston, and examines Boston's unique cultures as manifested in religious, political, social, and aesthetic thought and events. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)


Special Topics in Sociology

MET SO 501

Topic for Summer 2016: A Social History of Boston's North End. A socio-cultural history of Boston's North End that examines changes in the area from the first Puritan settlement to the current period of gentrification, with central attention given to the dynamics of culture change among the Italian immigrants. Covers the impact of global changes on local processes, changes in American notions of identity and inclusion, and ethnic succession and competition; religious change, social organization, and Catholic festivals; William Foote Whyte's "Street Corner Society"; the image of Italians as criminals, and myths and realities of "the Mafia"; the impact of drugs and drug violence in the North End in the 70s and 80s; demographic change, tourism, food marketing, and gentrification. Course includes two visits to the North End, including dinner in a North End restaurant on the final night of the course. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560; additional fee: $100; total charge: $2660

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)


Boston Experience

MET UA 580

Topic for Summer 2016: The Role of Architecture in Creating a Sense of Place. An introduction to the formal study of architecture. Introduces the concept that the role of architecture is to develop and maintain a sense of place. Establishes why and how a 'sense of place' is important to humans for social and psychological reasons and to societies for economic, political, and health and recreational reasons. The city of Boston serves as a living laboratory for this introductory study of architecture. Using this laboratory, students work on issues of historic preservation, upkeep, repair, restoration, improvement, modification, removal, adaptive renewal, and new construction as these processes relate to the importance of a sense of place. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)