Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Minor Programs


 

Please note that Course Substitution forms are only required for Ancient Civilization, Environmental Studies, and International Studies courses; For all other interdisciplinary minor course approvals, please contact departments (you do not need to complete forms).

African & African Diaspora Studies (AADS) minors who study abroad, particularly those who travel to countries on the African continent and/or those that have a majority African-descended population, will find myriad opportunities to experience what they study. Courses taken at universities in these countries can count as AADS electives, particularly classes whose topics and approaches complement those taught through the program. AADS courses taken abroad, as well as the experience of living abroad, significantly enhance the liberal arts experience that Boston College seeks for its students and the global vision that Amanda V. Houston (founding Black Studies director) had in laying the groundwork for the minor in 1985.

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Richard D. Paul

Assistant Director
                                                     617-552-4938          richard.paul@bc.edu

 

Course Approvals & Program Director

The field of American Studies has taken an international turn in recent years in response to the recognition that American culture is significantly shaped not only by immigration but also by the increasing pace and complexity of globalization. One effect of these changes has been the new importance placed upon studying American culture from perspectives afforded by vantage points outside the United States. At the same time, American Studies programs in other countries have flourished. Accordingly, BC's American Studies program now accepts some courses taken abroad in fulfillment of the requirements of the minor.
The procedure is this: American Studies minors planning to study abroad who identify courses focused on American culture that they want to take should inform the director of American Studies of their course selections, forwarding course descriptions or syllabi as soon as they can. If the director determines that a course fits the student's program of study within the minor (it may depend on his or her chosen area of concentration within the minor), *one* course per semester abroad can be counted toward the minor, provided it's not also being counted toward the student's major. In extraordinary circumstances, the director will consider counting more than one course per semester toward the minor.

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Studying in Greece, Italy, and in some parts of Western Europe can be an excellent complement to the minor in Ancient Civilization. It gives students an opportunity to study the material culture and history of the ancient world at first hand. Courses taken abroad may count towards the minor with the permission of the director.

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Studying in Asia is an excellent complement to the minor in Asian Studies. It gives students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the region they have been studying, improve language skills, and gain different perspectives on both Asian and global matters. Courses taken abroad may count towards the minor with the permission of the director.

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Program Contact | Acting Program Director & Course Approvals (Fall 2018)

Studying in Europe, Central or South America, Africa, Asia or Australia is an excellent complement to the minor in Catholic Studies. Since Catholicism is a major world religion found in all cultures, students have an opportunity to immerse themselves in an inculturated Catholicism and to compare this experience to the experiences of U.S. Catholicism. Courses taken abroad may count towards the minor with the permission of one of the co-directors.

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All students in the East European Studies minor are strongly encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program for a summer, semester, or a year.

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The Environmental Studies Program strongly encourages students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Studying outside of the U.S. provides a global perspective on environmental and sustainability issues, and educational opportunities not available at Boston College. We typically allow one elective per semester abroad to count toward the ES minor, or two courses in unusual circumstances. Students should work out their plan well in advance with the contact listed below.

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The Department offers and encourages opportunities for contact with German-speaking Europe and for study abroad in Germany and Austria, as well as summer internships in Germany and the possibility of teaching in Germany following graduation. In addition, the German Studies Department has been highly successful with its graduating students applying for the Fulbright Grants and for DAAD scholarships. In 2006-2007, the Department produced thirteen Fulbright scholars to Germany, which was in all likelihood the most from any university in the United States to a single country in the history of the Fulbright program.

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International studies minors are encouraged to spend at least a semester abroad to complement their course of study. Many international programs provide courses on topics that may not be available at Boston College and students are urged to seek out these programs. Due to the diverse nature of the international studies curriculum, students should plan carefully when considering study abroad, so as to ensure that they can fulfill all requirements. Our faculty join with the Office of International Programs in strongly recommending study abroad for all international studies minors.

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Associate Director, Thesis Coordinator & Course Approvals
Course Approvals & Program Administrator

Patricia McLaughlin

Program Administrator

                                                     617-552-2800          patricia.mclaughlin.3@bc.edu

 

The Irish Studies program works closely with OIP to accommodate students with study abroad opportunities throughout Ireland. Immersing yourself in the culture of study is an excellent way to broaden your understanding of Irish Studies.

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All students in the minor are encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program, preferably during their junior year.

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The Jewish Studies Minor strongly encourages its students to take advantage of the opportunities to study abroad. These opportunities include a chance to learn and use a different language and to work in an environment with different cultural norms and standards. Studying abroad will provide important examples of the long and varied record of Jewish civilization.

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Latin American Studies minors are encouraged to take advantage of abroad programs in university-based destinations such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico.

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Studying abroad for students pursuing the minor in Psychoanalytic Studies represents an important opportunity to study different approaches to themes and practices in the field, and to reflect on the relationship of those themes to a new intellectual context. Courses on basic concepts in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic interpretation of texts, forms of culture and social practices promise to enrich and enhance the liberal arts experience that Boston College seeks for its students. The faculty teaching in Psychoanalytic Studies joins the Office of International Programs in encouraging its undergraduate students to spend at least one semester of study abroad.

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The Women’s and Gender Studies ( WGS ) interdisciplinary minor provides students with a plethora of opportunities to study issues pertaining to women and gender from a feminist perspective in universities throughout the world. Our minors have the opportunity to take elective courses on topics that would not be available to them at Boston College especially from a cross-cultural and trans-national feminist perspective. Study abroad courses enrich and enhance the overall liberal arts experience of a Boston College student. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program wholeheartedly joins and endorses the Office of International Programs in encouraging our minors to spend at least one semester studying abroad. If you would like a course taken overseas to count toward your Women's and Gender Studies minor, please contact our office at gender@bc.edu with a copy of the syllabus. Our Director will review the course content to determine if it can fulfill one of your Women’s and Gender Studies elective requirements.

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