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International Studies Program

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The International Studies program offers a major and minor.  The major is open to students by application following their first year at Boston College, with a deadline on or about May 1.  The minor is open to students who submit an acceptable course of study but must do so by the first semester of their Junior year, no later than the last day of drop on or about October 1.  Explore our website to find out more information, and feel free to drop by during peer advising office hours.

The Program sponsors many events during the academic year, including talks and panel discussions.  We also provide registration information sessions for our majors and minors each semester.  To receive information on these events and others related to international issues, send us an email at to be added to our mailing list.


Course Spotlight

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Ethics, Religion, and International Politics (INTL 5563)
Erik Owens, Associate Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life and Associate Professor of the Practice of Theology, encourages his students to examine the role of religion in international politics and of ethical approaches to international affairs.


Emmy Nomination for Opioid Abuse Public Service Announcement
Associate Professor of Communication and International Studies, Matt Sienkiewicz, adds another Emmy nod to his list of professional accomplishments. His 2016 public service announcement "Said No Drug Dealer Ever," which he co-produced for the Massachusetts' Middlesex District Attorney's Office, was nominated for the award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England chapter. BC News

Elizabeth Magill ’17 has been named the 2017 recipient of the Matteo Ricci, S.J., International Studies Honors Thesis Prize for her Scholar of the College project entitled, “The Myth of Integration: Diffusion of Health Systems Strengthening Norm in Global Health.” Elizabeth was advised by Professor Sarah Babb (Sociology).

Five International Studies majors have been named Fulbright scholars, accounting for nearly half of the 12 current and former BC students receiving awards this year. Winners from International Studies (and their country destination) include Alexis Fessatidis (Cyprus), Maria Ireland (Italy), Mabel Lee (Taiwan), Liam Maguire (Belgium), Caz Novak (Germany). Read about these and other BC winners. BC Chronicle, May 25, 2017

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In Print

Three International Studies faculty members published books during the past year on sustainable farming in New England, dissident philosophy in Cold War Europe, and U.S. efforts to reshape media in the Middle East. Learn about their work as described in the authors’ own words.