An International Studies minor provides an excellent intellectual complement to traditional academic disciplines. Many students choose to pursue a minor in International Studies to prepare themselves to meet the challenges of the complex and interconnected world of the twenty-first century.

The minor is open to students who submit an acceptable course of study. The Carroll School of Management provides an International Studies minor specifically for CSOM students. Eligible 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, in October of the fall semester.

Note: this date changes from year to year. Check the academic calendar for the specific date.

Language Proficiency

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 Arts and Sciences. This policy affects all students entering Boston College starting in the Fall 2016.

Enrollment forms and instructions can be found on this page, downloaded and filled out, and returned to Gasson 104.

In order to earn an interdisciplinary minor, students must have at least 15 credits in the minor program that are not used to fulfill requirements for another major or minor or Core requirement.

All current and prospective students are encouraged to take advantage of the advisement services offered by the International Studies office.


This interdisciplinary minor is a carefully a structured six-course plan of study focused around the students chosen thematic concentration. The five options are:

  • Cooperation and Conflict
  • Political Economy and Development Studies
  • Ethics and Social Justice
  • Global Cultures

The requirements are a Foundation I course, a Foundation II course, and four electives within the chosen cluster:


  • INTL/POLI 3510 Globalization - NB: This is not the same as the History core sequences of the same name.
  • INTL 2546 World Politics - Students who have already taken INTL 2500 or POLI 1081 will not be able to take this as their Foundation I course.
  • POLI 1081 Introduction to International Politics - NB: This course is only for POLI majors; it may be a double-count for IS minor purposes only. It cannot be taken by IS minors with other majors (e.g., a HIST major/IS minor may not take POLI 1081).
  • POLI 1501 International Politics - NB: This course is only for POLI majors; it may be a double-count for IS minor purposes only. It cannot be taken by IS minors with other majors (e.g., a HIST major/IS minor may not take POLI 1501).


Students select one course from the list of foundation courses approved for the student’s chosen Thematic Concentration. NB: If you have AP credit for HS university Core OR have already completed another HS core sequence not listed below (e.g., Modern History), DO NOT take another HS core sequence. Select another approved course below or contact the IS program for upper-elective alternates.


Students select four courses from the list of elective courses approved for their chosen Thematic Concentration. In selecting these courses, students should follow the University’s requirement that the six courses taken for the minor must come from at least three different academic departments. The specific courses approved for each Thematic Concentration are reviewed and updated regularly by the International Studies Program.

NB: Students wishing to follow the Ethics and International Social Justice track must choose electives according to the "Clusters" outlined on our course list.

NB: Students wishing to follow the Global Cultural Studies track must choose electives according to one of the following options: Global Culture and the Humanities option; Global Culture, History, and the Social Sciences options, and Area Studies option. Please Note: In addition, there are "Suitable Clusters" within each of the three options above that the student must follow. Students must select a cluster of courses that are related.

Students who minor in International Studies are encouraged to study abroad, taking courses relevant to their thematic concentration and advancing their knowledge of a foreign language. Students are permitted to count two courses taken abroad toward fulfillment of the electives requirement of the International Studies minor. These courses must be approved in advance by the Program Administrator or the Associate Director of the International Studies Program.

Freshman and other students considering a minor in International Studies should take a Foundation II course in their desired thematic concentration.

The International Studies Program keeps an up-to-date list of suitable courses for an IS minor.