International Studies Track

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.

Choose Two:

  • 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

  • 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.

Contact Us

Boston University Summer Term
Summer Study Internship Program
755 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 105
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-0556
Fax: 617-353-5532
Email: ssip@bu.edu