International Studies Track

Once the major hub of colonial trade, Boston continues to thrive today as a center for international commerce and services, and as a gateway city for immigrants from around the world.

The International Studies track is designed to give you a global perspective, with courses in economics, international relations, political science, and international management, and with internships that have an international dimension.

"I had the chance to be exposed to subjects and experiences that surpass what I can do during the regular school year. The combination of intensive study at Boston University and experiential learning at my internship site was a valuable mix of opportunities."
Jen McGeoch, Colby College
Intern, Institute of Foreign Policy Analysis

Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 19 - June 26, 2015)

You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in international studies.

Choose Two:

  • CAS EC 392 International Economics II: Problems and Policy

    Basic issues of international finance. Topics include the balance of payments, balance of payment adjustments, theories of exchange rate determination, and case studies in international economic policy. 4 cr.

    Prereq: CAS EC 202.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, T, W 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Carliner CAS 227
  • CAS HI 176 World History after 1500

    Examines the religious encounters, economic rivalries, and military battles produced by European imperialism since 1500 in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Analyzes how European colonialism came to dominate the world and how nationalist movements succeeded in gaining independence. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, W, R 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Buckley HIS 304
  • CAS HI 273 The History of the Soviet Union

    Examines the tumultuous history of Russia's revolutions and its 74-year experiment with socialism. Explores the new revolutionary state's attempt to create a utopia by re-engineering human bodies, behaviors, and beliefs, and the successes and failures of that project. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same number that was previously entitled "Russia and Its Empires Since 1900." 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, T, W 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Rabinovitch CAS 208
  • CAS IR 271 Introduction to International Relations

    Undergraduate required principal course. Study of basic factors in international relations, Western state systems, the concept of balance of power, nationalism, and imperialism. Primarily for majors and minors. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Nakai SMG 228
  • CAS IR 349 History of International Relations, 1900-1945

    The causes and consequences of the First World War; the search for postwar reconstruction and stability during the twenties; economic collapse, revolutionary nationalism, and fascism during the 1930s; the Second World War and the advent of the bipolar world. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Holm CAS 221
  • CAS IR 352 International Human Rights

    Studies the growing international influence on politics of human rights principles, documents, and organizations, drawing especially on African cases such as Congo, Zimbabwe, and Sudan. Topics include universality vs. cultural relativism, individual vs. group rights, and issues in human rights enforcement. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Longman CAS 233
  • CAS IR 511 The Middle East Today

    A critical survey of the rise and development of modern nations, states, and economies in the Middle East and North Africa since 1900 that provides context and perspective essential for understanding contemporary issues (e.g., peace process, gender relations, religion's roles, democracy). 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Aftandilian CAS 225
  • MET MG 431 International Marketing

    Organization of the marketing function in international business. How government policies and practices affect marketing. Comparative marketing strategies for doing business abroad. Examination of case studies. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Goncalves KCB 104
  • SAR HS 345 Global Environmental Public Health

    Environmental health is associated with recognizing, assessing, understanding, and controlling the impacts of people in their environment and the impacts of the environment on the public health. The complexity of the problems requires multidisciplinary approaches. This course provides an introduction to the principles, methods, and issues related to global environmental health. It examines health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control of the major environmental health problems internationally. Topics include how the body reacts to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; bio-markers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; risk communication; and emerging global environmental health problems. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 4:30 PM-8:00 PM M-moattari CAS 315

Note: A foreign language course may be taken as one of the two courses on the International Studies track. Students may pick from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, or Spanish.

Summer 2: The Internship Phase
(July 6 - August 14, 2015)

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.

International Studies Internship Opportunities

Internship placement opportunities are available at international non-governmental organizations; international development; state and federal agencies; foreign policy think tanks; commercial import/export firms; and cultural exchange and education institutions.

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
(May 22 - August 14, 2015)

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.

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