Boston University Reviews - Political Science Bachelors
Review of Political Science Bachelors Degrees
Boston University is a great school for anyone who is looking for a non-traditional experience. BU offers a number of incredible opportunities outside of the classroom. I studied abroad twice, had four amazing internships, and graduated in 3 years. BU will take you out of your comfort zone so if that's something you're interested in, I urge you to consider it.
International Relations major in Pardee School of Boston University is very well-designed. The required courses are very useful to grant basic knowledge, and the great range of elective courses allow students to study on very specific topics or current events. Academic advisors are very helpful and they provide all opportunities in students' request towards their pursuit, such as direct study program and honor program. Many featured talks happen on campus are available to all students. Overall, it's a very good program to gain knowledge about our world.
Boston University, sprawling institution of higher learning, you provided me with a wonderful foundation for the things to come. This review is distanced a bit from my time there -- i'm writing this in February of 2017 and I graduated in 2011. I write currently as a a first year MFA candidate at The Juilliard School. I studied International Relations at BU, not drama, but Boston University played a part in my matriculation to Juilliard because of their inter-school minor system. I was able to study in the College of Arts and Sciences for my major while pursuing a minor in the College of Fine Arts. BU is recognized as having one of the best undergraduate theater programs in the country, so to be able to audition for shows and get experience in the program while simultaneously getting my degree in IR was a tremendous gift. In general, I would say that BU gives you as much as you can make of it. It's a large school (around 32,000 including graduate students), which means some of your classes are auditorium sized. I had close relationship with a few of my teachers, especially as my classes got more sophisticated in the second half of my education, but for the most part I had a professional and detached experience with my professors. There's not much of a centralized campus or quad; not a strong Fraternity or Sorority scene. In other words, the charms of the stereotypical college experience are few and far between at BU. What you will get is a long, embedded urban campus, plenty of school resources should you be proactive enough to search them out, the city of Boston as your campus (a great city to spend time in as a student), and a large and diverse student body. I can not stress this enough -- BU is large, it is in a city, and its not a particularly nurturing school. You should only apply and seriously entertain the notion of matriculating if you consider yourself the proactive sort, who's not yearning for an intimate college experience, but one where friends are found, Boston is to be explored, and you are willing to make the most of your own experience.
At the time of my enrollment Boston University had a great program for International Affairs students. My professors all had a diverse array of experience and knowledge, which made my learning experience all the richer. I just wish BU invested a little more in its student body. Career Services seemed weak or generally uninterested in pre-graduation advisement and BU seemed to care more about its real estate ventures than spending money on good professors who care about student outcomes and services for students.
It's a big school with a pretty good IR program. Unlike other schools, if you don't put in a lot of effort it's hard to make friends, especially as a transfer.