Boston Studies

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | College of General Studies | College of Communication | Metropolitan College | School of Education

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

Boston Museums

CAS AH 211

An introduction to the fundamentals of visual analysis and the history of art, focusing on outstanding works in the collections of Boston and Cambridge museums. Current, temporary exhibitions are included. Also examines the curatorial decision-making process determining the choice of works and the conditions under which they are displayed. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480; additional fee: $100; total charge: $2580

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)


College of General Studies

The Irish in Boston

CGS HU 303

Focuses on the literature, politics, and culture of Irish Bostonians in the 19th and 20th century. Through the study of poetry, drama, fiction, politics, and music, the course explores the varieties of "Irishness" in Boston. Students will hone their literary and analytical skills through a close reading and interpretation of texts and will ask rigorous questions about the style and categorization of these texts, the different portrayals of "Irishness" that appear, and the importance of such texts in literary and cultural history. An interdisciplinary, team-taught course. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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College of Communication

Beat Reporting

COM JO 310

Prereq: (COM JO 250). Students learn to cover a city neighborhood or a nearby community beat. Students branch out across the city and suburbs to cover courts, crime, education, local and state politics, and other essentials of community reporting. Students are encouraged to develop their own sources and story ideas with the goal of professional publication in the Boston University News Service. Students produce stories, photos, audio, and video for the Web. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 24)


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: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)


Special Topics in Sociology

MET SO 501

Topic for Summer 2015: 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: $2480; additional fee: $100; total charge: $2580

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)


Boston Experience

MET UA 580

Topic for Summer 2015: 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: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)


School of Education

The History of Boston University and its Presidents

SED AP 605

Provides a general overview of the history of Boston University, from its founding in 1839 to its work in the present era. While studying the educational changes that occasioned its historical development, students also explore the leadership of the University's ten Presidents. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)


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