Admission

Current freshmen (Class of 2022) who wish to apply for the major must complete a NEW online application form (this new application form will go live by January 15th, 2019). We will hold an information session for freshman on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 in Higgins 300.

The International Studies Major

Admission is by application which is due February 1, 2019.

The International Studies (IS) program offers a flexible and rigorous interdisciplinary undergraduate major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences that develops keen analytical skills and ethical reasoning amidst complex global dynamics.

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 "Academics" 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.

Class of 2021

Current freshmen who wish to apply for the major must complete and submit one copy the International Studies Major application to Gasson Hall 104. Please see the specific instructions in the application.

Transcripts will be requested by the ISP office from Student Services after second semester grades have been posted. Please be sure to sign and return the first page of your application, as this authorizes ISP to request a transcript on your behalf.

The application form is available in a PDF format.

If after reading the description of admission requirements you have further questions please e-mail Ms. Patricia Joyce at patricia.joyce@bc.edu or stop by Gasson 104 during her office hours which can be found on our web page under “Contact Us”.

Students must submit an application form to the International Studies Office, Gasson 104. Students wishing to declare an IS Minor must do so by the first semester of their Junior year no later than the last day of drop, on or about October 3. The application requires a proposed program of courses that fulfill the requirements of the minor and are chosen from a list of acceptable courses. When the application is approved the minor will be listed on the student's University record.

The Carroll School of Management offers its own International Studies minor for CSOM students; contact Josephine Xiong in Fulton 360 for further details.

​The application form is available as a Google doc on which you may enter information before printing it out or sending it electronically. The Googe doc should be shared with the Program Administrator, Ms. Patricia Joyce at patricia.joyce@bc.edu. Please be sure to change the name of the document to the following format: Last Name, First Name, Class Year, IS Minor Course Plan (i.e., McLaughlin, Patricia, 2020 IS Minor Course Plan).​

The application form and the list of acceptable International Studies courses are also available in the International Studies Office, Gasson 104. It is important to read these guidelines carefully, fill out the form, and then set up an appointment to meet with an IS peer adviser in Connolly House or our Graduate Assistant in Gasson 104. Graduate assistants are not available during the summer months. General questions can be emailed to isp@bc.edu.

For the class of 2016 and beyond, the degree audit will no longer automatically pull courses into your IS minor on your degree audit. Students must fill out degree substitution forms and submit them to Ms. Joyce in Gasson 104 for approval. We ask students to fill out the degree substitution forms each semester so that the courses can be properly credited to degree audits for IS Minor requirements, and there are no surprises come senior year. We have created a Checklist Form for students to keep track of what they are doing each semester to be sure that you are on track to graduate with your IS Minor. Be sure to monitor your degree audit each semester and have this form signed by Ms. Joyce for commencement clearance in senior year.