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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.

"The Summer Study Internship Program was a great way for me to spend my summer in an academic and constructive way. While I could have interned all summer back at school in DC, this program allowed me to explore Boston while taking classes in addition to completing an internship. I'm so glad I participated!"
CAMILLE SHEETS, THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
INTERN, THE FLETCHER SCHOOL AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY

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. The courses below were offered in Summer Term 2016 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered. Courses for Summer Term 2017 will be posted on January 15, 2017.

  • 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 T, W, R 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Carliner CAS 235
  • CAS HI 102 The Emergence of Modern Europe: Renaissance to the Present

    What is Europe? Explores the emergence of Europe as an idea and place. Draws on literature and art from Machiavelli to Russian ballet to explain Europe's changing meaning; focuses on nation- and state-building to explain Europe's shifting boundaries. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, T, W 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Rabinovitch CAS 323A
  • 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 Havstad HIS 304
  • 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 Winger HAR 240
  • 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 201
  • CAS IR 365 Rise of China

    China's political, economic, and strategic development since the late nineteenth century, with emphasis on the period since 1949. Examines three questions: In what ways is China rising? How did it happen? What are the impacts of China's rise on the U.S. and the global system? 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Sun 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 IR 568 U.S.-Latin American Relations

    The international context within which Latin American countries operate, with primary emphasis on U.S. policy toward the region. Includes historical overview, the policy-making process itself, and case studies of specific policy issues. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Palmer IRC 220
  • CAS PO 380 Special Topics in International Relations

    Topic for Summer 2016: Transitional Justice. Explores the questions of accountability, justice, peace, and reconciliation in the aftermath of state-sponsored violence and authoritarian rule. Examines the application of diverse post-conflict mechanisms and institutions such as war crimes tribunals, truth commissions, reparations, and memorialization. Includes theoretical discussions as well as case studies. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Suh HAR 315
  • 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 SHA 201
  • SAR HS 325 Introduction to Global Health

    Provides students with an overview of the complex social, economic, political, environmental, and biological factors that structure the origins, consequences, and possible treatments of illness worldwide, as well as the promotion of health. Students learn about the major themes and concepts shaping the interdisciplinary field of global health, and gain an understanding of solutions to health challenges that have been successfully implemented in different parts of the world. Major topics include the linkages between global health and economic development, the global burden of disease, key actors in global health, and lessons learned from the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 11:00 AM-2:30 PM Brown CAS 233
  • 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 323A

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 opportunities are available in international development and at international non-governmental organizations, 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

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.