The International Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum to students interested in the international aspects of Arts and Sciences disciplines. Both a major and minor are available to qualified students. Course offerings are drawn from nearly all Arts and Sciences academic departments. A key goal of the Program is to provide students with the opportunity to combine insights from different disciplines so as to develop a broad understanding of international affairs.
The academic year 2017-2018 marks the 16th year for the International Studies major, with up to 100 students entering their senior year. As in past years the International Studies minor continues to be one of the largest interdisciplinary minors at Boston College, with over 200 students currently enrolled.
Admission to the major is by competitive application at the end of the freshman year.
Admission to the minor is by submission of an acceptable course of study.
CSOM students have an International Studies minor provided through CSOM; contact Josephine Xiong in Fulton 360 for further details.
- Students are expected to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of international affairs. Students should be able to apply basic analytical frameworks to analyze problems and interpret policy alternatives.
- Students also are expected to obtain a basic understanding of the core concepts and methodological tools used in the discipline(s) comprising their chosen track of the major. Students should be able to interpret and apply basic methods and understand empirical papers of an appropriate level.
- Students are expected to develop basic facility with theoretical and empirical applications of the discipline(s) comprising their track through a set of elective courses.
- When writing papers, students are expected to responsibly utilize data and research methods and to give appropriate attribution to original work and source material.
- Students are expected to understand the differences between positive and normative dimensions of international affairs, in particular as applied to instances for which ethical aspects conflict with, or reinforce, political and economic objectives.