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.
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 international studies.
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 1:30 PM-4:00 PM Carliner HAR 316
CAS HI 332 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 349 and CAS HI 289. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor Location SA1 Independent M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Holm SOC B63
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 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Kim CAS B06B
CAS IR 501 Conflict and Cooperation in Asia
Investigates patterns of conflict and cooperation in South and East Asia surrounding issues ranging from water resources and health to borders and war. Analyzes how such issues contribute to instability in the region, as well as methods of cooperation. 4 cr.
Prereq: junior standing or consent of instructor.
Section Type Days Times Instructor Location SA1 Independent M, W 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Miller IRC 220
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 IRC 220
CAS XL 315 Film and Identity in the Islamic World
Topic for Summer 2018: Tradition and Modernity in Iranian Literature and Film. Explores the transition from tradition to modernity in Iranian society by examining its depiction in film and literature. Topics include societal strain brought about by urbanization, class struggles, and the role of women in society. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor Location SA1 Independent T, R 2:00 PM-5:30 PM Tabatabai CAS 314
CAS IR 275 The Making of Asia
Explores the diverse experiences of modernization and development in China, Japan, Korea, as well as the countries of Southeast Asia. Also examines the domestic and international impacts of growing social-economic ties, as well as the complex security challenges among Asian states. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course titled "The Pacific Challenge" that was previously numbered CAS IR 275. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor Location SA1 Independent T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Ye CAS 315
CAS IR 330 Diplomatic Practice
Introduces the practice of diplomacy as management of a country's foreign relations with a view to secure or restore peace. The nation state in diplomatic relations; foreign ministries, diplomatic missions, embassies, and consulates; the peacekeeping role of international law and international government organizations. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor Location SA1 Independent T, R 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Garcevic CAS B06A
SAR HS 345 Introduction to 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. The course 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 T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Quissell SAR 104
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
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 sites in past years have included international development and international non-governmental organizations, state and federal agencies, foreign policy think tanks, commercial import/export firms, and cultural exchange and education institutions.
- 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 International Studies Student
Student: Will Campo
Courses: History of American Foreign Policy; Topics in International Relations - Iran: Anatomy of a Crisis
Internship Site: Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis
On the job: I was in charge of researching a number of issues, all essentially dealing with potential conflict and territorial disputes in Central, East, and Southern Asia. I gained insight into research techniques, especially in weeding out unreliable sources. The people I worked with were very welcoming, supportive, and fun from my first day on the job.
Perspectives: My time at BU was great. From the classes I took to the people I met, the whole experience was incredibly rewarding. I learned to manage my time well and meet deadlines. The combination of interesting classes and a valuable and educational internship is a unique experience well worth the work.