international studies program
Current freshmen (Class 2021) who wish to apply for the major must complete and submit one copy of the International Studies Major application to Gasson Hall 109 by 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7th, 2018. Please see the specific instructions in the application.
The International Studies Major
Admission is by application at the end of freshman year. Approximately 105 students will be accepted into the major. Criteria for admission include academic achievement (overall GPA, rigor of the academic program, and other noteworthy aspects of academic performance), demonstrated personal and intellectual commitment to the field, and quality of the student's personal statement.
The International Studies Minor
Admission is by submission of an acceptable course of study within the guidelines of the minor. Students wishing to declare a minor must do so by the beginning of the first semester of their Junior year, no later than the last day of drop, on or about October 1.
The Carroll School of Management offers its own International Studies minor for CSOM students; contact Josephine Xiong in Fulton 360 for further details.
For information on the curriculum for the major or minor, please visit the "Program of Study" portion of this website.
International Studies, Language Proficiency (Major and Minor)
Language Requirement (IS Major)
The Academic Advisory Board of the International Studies Program has approved a policy change that all students completing the IS Major, regardless of school, must demonstrate advanced proficiency in one modern foreign language or intermediate proficiency in two modern foreign languages. Advanced proficiency will be met by taking at least two courses beyond the intermediate level of a modern foreign language. This policy affects all students entering the major starting in Fall 2017. Students entering the major before Fall 2017 must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a modern foreign or classical language as required by the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.
Language Requirement (IS Minor)
The Academic Advisory Board of the International Studies Program, following a recommendation by the deans of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, has approved a policy change that all students completing the IS Minor, regardless of school, must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a modern foreign or classical language as required by the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. This policy affects all students entering Boston College starting in the Fall 2016.