Arts & Culture Track

My biggest accomplishment was spending a whole summer in Boston by myself while interning for 35-40 hours a week. I feel I am stronger and more independent because of it. This was a great experience that advanced both my academic standing and my resume.


The arts play a vital role in Boston's daily life. The city's cultural offerings include everything from small gallery shows and world-class museum exhibits to productions in the Theatre District, historic preservation projects in the Back Bay, outdoor concerts at the Hatch Shell, and summer festivals on the Boston Common.

From art history to film and the performing arts, you'll explore topics in arts and culture while gaining valuable hands-on experience through internships in local arts organizations.

Summer 1: The Academic Phase

You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in arts and culture, including courses in American studies, literature, film, music, and art history. The 2017 Summer Study Internship Program course options will be posted on January 15, 2017.

  • CAS AA 507 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

    Studies the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1935) focusing on literature with overviews of the stage, the music, and the visual arts. Authors include Du Bois, Locke, Garvey, Schuyler, Hurston, McKay, Larsen, Fisher, Hughes, Cullen. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
  • CAS AH 111 Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages

    An introduction to art history and the analysis of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Study of masterpieces from prehistoric to medieval times. Focus on monuments of Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, with a survey of Egyptian and Near Eastern art. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Tafe CAS 222
  • CAS AH 112 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Today

    Major monuments and artists. Sequential development, from the Renaissance to the modern period, of major styles in architecture, sculpture, painting, graphic arts, and photography. Relationship of visual art to social and cultural trends. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Barrett CAS B36
  • CAS AH 210 Learning to See

    Strengthens your ability to describe and analyze the visual world. From fundamentals such as color and composition to the design of advertisements, propaganda, and appliances. A lab component with frequent visits to the MFA and other Boston sites provides opportunities for direct engagement with objects, images, and the built environment. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Ribner CAS 303A
  • CAS AH 233 The Arts of Greece

    Greek architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts. Emphasis on developments in Athens and on the creation of the classical style in art and architecture. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Martin CAS 303A
  • CAS AH 389 Impressionism

    Impressionism, its sources, and its aftermath, from the painting of modern life and leisure by Manet, Monet, Morisot, Renoir, and Degas, to the evocation of spirituality, pain, and desire in the work of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin, and Munch. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Ribner CAS 303A
  • CAS AM 200 Introduction to American Studies

    Topic for Summer 2017: Life's a Beach: The Beach Boys, Surfing, and the Influential 1960s Southern California Subculture. From bikinis and surfboards to drive-ins and blockbusters, this course considers a wide range of summertime touchstones from the 1960s to the present. Using music, film, and local field trips, students will investigate culture in the American imagination and landscape. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Palfreyman HIS 110
  • CAS EN 202 Introduction to Creative Writing

    An introduction to writing in various genres: poetry, fiction, plays, and/or creative non-fiction. Students' work discussed in class. Designed mainly for beginners in creative writing, although all skill levels are welcome. Does not give concentration credit. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Menzies CAS 225
    SA2 Independent T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Bailey CAS 228
  • CAS EN 363 Shakespeare I

    Six plays chosen from the following: Richard II, Henry IV (Part I), Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, Hamlet, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Winter's Tale. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Siemon CAS 225
  • CAS LJ 451 Topics in Japanese Literature

    Topic for Summer 2017: Japanese Popular Culture. Modern Japanese popular culture including manga, anime, fantasy, Takarazuka theater, and detective fiction. Works by Murakami Haruki, Edogawa Rampo, and Tezuka Osamu. In English translation. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 2:00 PM-5:30 PM Frederick CAS 427
  • CFA AR 136 Drawing and the Figure

    An introduction to the practice of representational drawing with the human figure. Focuses on establishing basic skills concerning the translation of three dimensional form onto the two dimensional page. Students investigate methods of identification, definition, and location of form in a comprehensive space utilizing a variety of materials and approaches. Students work from still life, the figure, interior and exterior spaces, and themselves. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, W, R 2:00 PM-5:00 PM De Gaetano CFA 308
  • CFA AR 415 Photography 1

    Designed to assist the student in mastering the techniques of black and white photography, including negative exposure, film development, and print production. Critical evaluation of photographs, relationship of photography to other visual media, and study of both historical and contemporary precedents. No previous experience is required, but access to a 35mm camera with manual exposure capability is necessary. Material costs are extra. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, W, R 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Dan FLR 532
  • CFA TH 120 Acting & Performance 1

    Focuses on awareness of the human body as an expressive instrument. The approach to acting begins with preparation exercises that connect the actor's body, mind, voice, and imagination. Fundamental to the training is the assumption that all the necessary elements for alive and inspired performances are living inside the artist, and only need to be awakened through the use of image and the body. The course therefore emphasizes a physical and imagistic approach to acting. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Woodberry FLR 270A
  • CFA TH 220 Acting & Performance 2

    Nobody knew more about the excitement of walking the knife-edge of critical personal and political events than William Shakespeare. This introductory class orients students to Shakespeare's seething, violent times, and gives them the tools to hear how Shakespeare whispers directly into the actor's ear by crafting his words together in carefully patterned ways. At the table, we decode together the methods that organize Shakespeare's rich, emotional language. On our feet, we engage in playful, physical explorations that awaken the body and enliven the voice to the exhilarating sensation of living inside Shakespeare's texts. Lastly, this class includes a guided exploration of how actors sift a scene in a Shakespeare play for the active elements that bring it alive, and develop practical skills for acting Shakespeare with a scene partner. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
  • CFA TH 240 Beginning Directing

    A consideration and introduction of the basic tasks of play direction from script selection through opening night, emphasizing script analysis and interpretation and their projection into staging, as well as the process of working with a creative design team and an ensemble cast. 2 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location

Summer 2: The Internship Phase

For the second six weeks of the program, you'll be placed as an intern in a Boston-area organization or business that matches your interests and experience. You should expect to work five days a week for a minimum of 35 hours. Most internships are unpaid.

Arts & Culture Internship Opportunities

Internship placement sites in past years have included commercial galleries, auction houses, cultural councils, museums, architectural firms, design companies, arts campaigning groups, art centers, and theater, music, and dance companies.

Internship Placement

  • Internship placement for 35 hours a week
  • Internship matches are based on your interests, abilities, and experience
  • All internship sites are accessible by public transportation
  • Visit our Placement Process page for additional information

Summer Study Internship Course

The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The course explores links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and provides support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.

Meet an Arts & Culture Student

Student: Meredith Rankin

Courses: Modern Art from 1940 to 1980; Art of Classical Greece

Internship Site: Diana Levine Art Gallery

On the Job: I enhanced the gallery's online visibility through social networking sites and an e-newsletter. I helped with special projects for clients, such as selecting artwork they might be interested in for corporate or residential settings. I also assisted with designing a window display to exhibit a new artist. My job was to convey the theme and mood of the artwork while also attracting the attention of passersby.

Perspectives: I took interesting courses that count toward my major, and I gained valuable work experience while living in an exciting city. I would never have known where to start looking in Boston for the kind of work I was interested in, and the program guided my way. Interviewing at different galleries alone gave me a better sense of the art scene in Boston, as well as of the variations among galleries in general.