Islamic Civilizations & Societies Majors and Minors
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When Can I Study Abroad?
Islamic Civilizations and Societies interdisciplinary majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. For students who plan ahead, it may be possible to study abroad for an entire academic year, but students must be in early contact with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Should I Study In A Foreign Language Destination?
Even if students have already met the BC language requirement, they are strongly encouraged to study abroad in a foreign language destination. Students who already have strong language skills can select a program where they will take all courses in the Arabic language, such as Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.
For students who do not have foreign language skills, there are several prestigious BC programs in non-English speaking countries that offer excellent courses in English. Students who have beginning or intermediate language skills can select a program that combines regular courses in English with language courses, such as the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.
What Classes Should I Take Before Studying Abroad?
Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements, as well as the requirements of the Islamic Civilizations and Societies program.
All Islamic Civilizations and Societies majors must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before studying abroad. Prior to this meeting, students should obtain their degree audits and map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.
What Classes Should I Plan To Take Abroad?
The ideal type of course is one that fits with the Islamic Civilizations and Societies interdisciplinary major but is not available at BC. Students who take relevant language courses at BC which are only offered through intermediate levels are encouraged to take upper level language courses while abroad. All students, regardless of language level, are required to enroll in language courses abroad that are pertinent to their area of study. Courses that focus on the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.
To receive major credit for courses taken abroad, students must provide a course description and obtain approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Islamic Civilizations and Societies students should remember that all courses to be taken abroad must be met with program approval.
What Should I Do When Planning An Honors Thesis?
All Islamic Civilizations and Societies students are required to do an honors thesis. Students are advised to establish a thesis topic early, to identify a BC faculty member willing to supervise their work, and to maintain e-mail contact with their thesis advisor while abroad. Students must submit a proposal for their honors thesis by April of their junior year.