The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies prepares students to be leaders in an increasingly interdependent global community. Structured coursework in comparative social, cultural, economic, and political models provides a contextual framework for understanding today’s world. Existing courses create opportunities to examine world affairs and developments in Europe, Asia, and other regions of the world. New courses introduced in 2016-17 by a visiting professor from Ethiopia, including African History, Social and Political Changes in the Developing World, and Introduction to International Law and Organizations, are designed to significantly expand students’ options. Through a multidisciplinary lens, students are asked to look critically at the issues facing nations today. Finally, coursework in foreign languages and cross-cultural communication, as well as engagement in field experiences, round out the course of study, providing the graduate with the practical tools needed to apply one’s knowledge and
skills to the world at large. To ensure this, students are required to study abroad for at least one full semester and complete internships that have a clear international dimension, whether they occur abroad or in the United States.
Students in the international studies major are encouraged to plan their language courses and study abroad experiences as early as possible in their academic careers through consultation with their advisors, the chair of humanities within the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Undergraduate International Programs. First-year students are strongly urged to participate in a January internship/study abroad program offered through Undergraduate International Programs.
International Studies for International Students
International students should fulfill either the study abroad requirement or internship requirement in countries where their native language is not the primary language. Those students for whom English is their second language should take English courses or a third language in order to satisfy the foreign language requirement.
Students who have spent at least two years at an international institution of higher education may consider their time in the United States to be “abroad,” and any internships they complete while enrolled at the Beverly campus may be considered “international.”
Extended Overseas Options:
Students are strongly encouraged to pursue more than the minimum required time abroad. Students can elect to spend up to five semesters overseas by availing themselves of several options or any combination thereof. Students may spend up to two years at Endicott’s branch campus in Spain and/or at any of Endicott’s approved study abroad sites. The list of sites is continuously updated on the international studies website: studyabroad.endicott.edu. In addition, students may complete their semester-long internships throughout the world through distance learning technologies under the supervision of an Endicott faculty member. Students (other than those who begin their studies on Endicott’s campus in Spain) are expected to spend at least the first year and final semester in residence
Examples of Internships include:
United Nations Association of Greater Boston
World Affairs Council
Refugee resettlement agencies
Washington Internship Institute
International education agencies and college offices