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 AM 200 Introduction to American Studies
Topic for Summer 2019: Immigration Past and Present: Understanding America's Immigrant Identity from Ellis Island to Border Walls. Examines America's immigrant identity through analysis of current immigration issues, including the border wall, deportations, the Muslim ban, and unauthorized migration. Combines close reading of primary textual sources with visits to historical locations around Boston to shed light on fake news and misunderstandings that currently exist. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Suarez Becer
CAS IR 271 Introduction to International Relations
Explores major issues in international relations, including conflict, cooperation, and governance. Addresses dominant international relations theories and their application. Investigates state system, international law and organization, transnational actors, state behavior, and globalization. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND T, R 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Nakai
CAS IR 330 Diplomatic Practice
This course is designed to familiarize students with the "art of the possible," emphasizing the evolution of diplomatic practice. Students will be able to understand how foreign policy is formulated and promulgated and how diplomacy works on a daily basis. The course explores the role and importance of multilateral diplomacy/international organizations (liberalism) in today's world and examines how multilateral diplomacy functions. Students will grasp the core principles of diplomatic negotiations and demonstrate them in simulations. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Research and Information Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Garcevic
CAS IR 349 History of International Relations, 1900-1945
What were the causes and the consequences of the two World Wars? What was the nature of political, economic, and military relations among the major powers of the world from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the Second World War? What was the effect of domestic factors (political, economic, religious, and ideological) on the foreign policies of individual states? Seeking to provide a genuinely multinational perspective on world affairs, this course assesses the ways in which powerful nation-states in this period competed and cooperated in the international system. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Research and Information Literacy. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Mcguire
CAS IR 390 International Political Economy
Emphasizes the dynamic interaction between politics and economics to understand and explain historical and contemporary issues in international political economy, including international monetary, trade, investment, financial, and environmental relations. Considers emerging challenges and structures in the international political economy. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Olsson
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.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Miller
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 SA1 IND T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Aftandilian
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, 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.