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

For a quick overview of the program, download our program flyer. For more details about the major or minor, we invite you investigate our web site, join us at one of our information sessions each October and January (they will be announced on our event calendar), watch this webinar about the program, or review this slide presentation.

Our Academic Programs

Undergraduates wishing to become an IS major should submit an application by February 1 of their Freshman year.  (Read more about the admission processs.) Majors must complete 45 credits in 14 courses, demonstrate advanced proficiency in one non-English modern language (or intermediate proficiency in two non-Elglish modern languages), and nearly always study abroad.

The IS minor is open to all BC undergraduates who submit an acceptable course of study at any point in their time as an undergraduate student. Our minors must earn 18 credits from six courses (including two foundations courses and four electives in one of four concentrations); they must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in one modern foreign language (even if their home school at BC doesn’t require it); and they usually study abroad

Where Can International Studies Take You?

Across disciplines

  • IS faculty are trained in many disciplines and teach in eight different departments.
  • Approved courses for the IS major are offered across all of BC’s schools.

Into a wide range of careers

  • Our graduates work in diplomacy, international business, social service, public policy, finance, law, consulting, education, public health, humanitarian work, and more.

Around the world

  • Students choose from study abroad opportunities in 50+ countries
  • Our majors earn post-graduate fellowships at 4x the rate of other BC grads.
  • Our majors have won 58+ Fulbright Awards since 2000, taking them across the world to study or teach.
  • Our majors undertake a year or more of post-grad service at 2.5x the rate of other BC grads.
  • More than half of our graduates work or study abroad at some point in their careers.