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Academic Regulations

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All students entering Lynch School undergraduate programs are to follow a program of studies in selected majors and complete Core requirements and electives needed to fulfill degree requirements. A second major, either interdisciplinary or in a department in the College of Arts & Sciences, is also required of students in licensure programs.

Students in the Human Development program are required to complete a minor of six courses in one discipline outside the Lynch School, or an interdisciplinary minor or major, or a second major. All programs lead to the degree of Bachelor of Arts.

Requirements for the Degree
Standard Program
Transfer into the Lynch School
Pass/Fail Electives
Requirements for Good Standing
Course Make-Up
Attendance
Professional Practicum Experiences Leading to Teacher Licensure
Human Development Field Practica
Leave of Absence
Academic Integrity
Grade Change
Academic Honors
Honors Program
Degree with Honors

Requirements for the Degree
Although students may satisfy Core requirements in any of their four undergraduate years, they are advised to complete most and, if possible, all Core requirements within the first two years. The remaining 24 courses are to be completed with major and elective choices.

All first year students should select EN 010 First Year Writing Seminar or a Core Literature course, APSY1030 Child Growth and Development and the course(s) designated by your major department. Major requirements are listed in the sections that follow. If you have not declared a major and are listed as Unclassified, follow the course requirements for the   Applied Pscyhology and Human Development major.

The ERA seminar, a three-credit course, is also a requirement for all Lynch School students.

The bachelor's degree requires the completion, with satisfactory cumulative average (at least 1.667) of at least 38 one-semester courses (each carrying a minimum of three semester-hour credits), normally distributed over eight semesters of four academic years. Students pursuing teacher licensure programs, however, must maintain a cumulative average of at least 2.50 to enroll in the practicum (full time student teaching).

Within the 120 credits required for graduation, 45 credits comprise the New Window Will Open Core Curriculum.

Students are advised to select Core courses very carefully, making sure they satisfy the Core requirement in each department in Arts & Sciences. APSY1030 and APSY1031, both required courses for all students in the Lynch School, meet the Core Social Science requirement.  APSY 031 also meets the Core requirement for a course in Cultural Diversity. Identification of Core courses can be determined by contacting the appropriate department head in Arts & Sciences and by reference to each semester's Schedule of Courses.

A second major, either interdisciplinary, Applied Psychology and Human Development, or in a department of the College of Arts & Sciences subject discipline, is required of all students in licensure programs. This major should be in an area that complements the student's program in the Lynch School. These majors must have the approval of the Office of Undergraduate Student Services (Campion 104/106).

Students in licensure programs are encouraged to declare their liberal arts majors early so that they are eligible to take courses restricted to majors in these disciplines.

Students in the Applied Psychology and Human Development program are not required to have a second major but are required to complete a minor of six courses in one subject discipline outside the Lynch School, or an interdisciplinary minor or major, or second major. 

A major program of studies within the Lynch School must be declared by all students and approved by  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services before the end of the sophomore year. Applied Pscyhology and Human Development majors as well as those seeking a major leading to teacher licensure must be officially accepted into the major by the Lynch School.

Students seeking a major leading to teacher licensure must complete and submit a Declaration of a Major form, an application for admission to a Teacher Education Program, and a current transcript to  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services. That office reviews applications and accepts qualified applicants before the end of the sophomore year. Early program application is encouraged.

Applied Pscyhology and Human Development majors need to complete a Declaration of a Major form and submit a current transcript.

The remaining courses required for graduation include additional major courses, minor courses, and electives.

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Standard Program
The standard course load for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors is five three-credit courses each semester; for seniors, four courses. A freshman or sophomore who wishes to take only four courses may do so only with prior approval of  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services. After the first year, a sixth course may be taken by students whose GPA is at least 3.3. A student whose average is between 2.8 and 3.2 must obtain prior approval for a sixth course from the  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services.

During the first two years, students are required to enroll each year in a minimum of six credits of Education courses, unless they receive prior approval from  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services.

No more than 11 courses may be taken for credit in one year without special permission from  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services.

Full-time status for a student in any class requires enrollment in at least four three-credit courses in each semester. 

Tuition shall apply each semester as published, even if the student carries the minimum full-time load or less.

Acceleration of degree programs is possible in exceptional circumstances, provided that approval is obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Student Services at least two full semesters before early graduation, and that University policies governing acceleration are followed.

The only courses that a student, after admission to Boston College, may apply toward a Lynch School degree (whether for Core, major, or total-course requirements) will be those taken at Boston College in a regular course of study during the academic year.  The Office of Undergraduate Student Services may grant exceptions to the provisions of this regulation for the following situations

  • official cross registration programs
  • international programs
  • official college exchange programs
  • special study programs authorized by  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services
  • removal of deficiencies incurred by failure, withdrawal from a course, or course underload
  • subject to certain restrictions, courses in the College of Advancing Studies as approved by the Office of Undergraduate Student Services prior to enrollment in the course

Any of the above exceptions granted must be based on <b>prior</b> written approval from  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services.

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Transfer into the Lynch School
The Lynch School requires that students transferring into it from other schools of Boston College will have a record free of academic deficiencies and ordinarily a cumulative average of at least 3.0, and will complete at least four semesters of full-time study in Education after the transfer.

For students who have transferred from a college or university other than Boston College, courses that have been granted transfer credit and are similar to the offerings of Boston College will count toward degree requirements.

Students transferring into the Lynch School must meet with  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services. Students should seek advisement from the  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services as soon as possible after admission to the Lynch School, prior to the beginning of classes.

Official transfer applications must be submitted to  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services before November 30 for spring semester admissions and before April 15 for fall semester admissions. 

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Pass/Fail Electives
In sophomore, junior, or senior years, a student may, with the approval of the department offering the course, take an elective course on a Pass/Fail basis. No more than one Pass/Fail course may be taken in any semester.

Pass/Fail evaluations may not be sought in Core or major courses. A student is required to complete a Pass/Fail form and obtain approval from the instructor and from the Office of Undergraduate Student Services.

No more than three courses for which the final grade is "Pass" will be counted toward a degree.

Students, anytime before senior year, may be relieved of a Core requirement without receiving credit by demonstrating, by means of an equivalency examination, to the chair of a department that administers courses satisfying the Core requirement, that they have mastered the content of such a course.

In certain departments there are courses in which continuation in the second semester is intrinsically dependent upon mastering the content of the first semester. A student who fails or withdraws from the first semester of such a course may, with the approval of the Office of Undergraduate Student Services, be allowed to continue in the course and gain credit and the grade of D- for the first semester by passing the second semester satisfactorily (with a C+ or better, if graded). This regulation may be applied also to Pass/Fail electives involving a two-semester offering provided both semesters are taken Pass/Fail. The grade of Pass, rather than D-, will be awarded for the first semester in such cases. A list of departments and courses where these regulations apply is on file in the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

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Requirements for Good Standing
To remain in the Lynch School, a student must maintain a cumulative average of at least 1.667 as the minimum standard of scholarship and have passed at least nine courses by the beginning of the second year, 19 by the beginning of the third year, and 29 by the beginning of the fourth year. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for a practicum (full-time student teaching senior year).

Failure to maintain good standing, either through a low cumulative average or by incurring failures and/or withdrawals, or by taking an unapproved underload, will result in the student being placed on probation or being required to withdraw from the School, as the Academic Standards Committee shall determine.

Unless the student returns to good standing by an approved method (see "Course Make-up") or if the student incurs additional failures or withdrawals, or carries an unapproved underload while on probation, the student will be required to withdraw from the Lynch School at the time of the next review.

A student who has not passed 17 courses after two years or 27 after three years will be required to withdraw. If seven courses are not passed in one year, withdrawal will be required. If a student passes fewer than two courses in a semester, the Academic Standards Committee and the Dean may require immediate withdrawal.

No student may begin a given academic year in September with more than one deficiency. Three deficiencies within an academic year will mean dismissal. A deficiency is defined as a failure in a course, a withdrawal from a course, or an unapproved underload. A deficiency should be made up as soon as possible after it has been incurred.

A student who has been required to withdraw because of three or more deficiencies may be eligible to apply for readmission. To be eligible for return, a student must fulfill the conditions specified in the letter of withdrawal from  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services. This will ordinarily include the reduction of deficiencies and the attainment of a minimum grade point average. A student who fails to fulfill the specified conditions will not be allowed to return to the Lynch School, and it is at the discretion of the Dean whether to allow readmission.

Students may be reinstated once after a dismissal. A student who receives a subsequent dismissal may not be reinstated.

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Course Make-Up
A student who has failed or withdrawn from a course may make up the credits by passing an additional approved course during the regular school year or in a summer session at Boston College (with a grade of at least C-) or at another accredited four-year college (with a grade of at least C-).

All make-up courses must be authorized by  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services or by the appropriate department for Core and/or A&S major courses prior to registration in them.

To make up deficiencies, not more than two approved three-credit courses or their equivalent will be accepted from any one summer session; and no more than a total of three approved three-credit courses or their equivalent will be accepted from two or more sessions in the same summer.

A student who has been or will be required to withdraw may seek approval of  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services for summer courses, and may thereby become eligible for consideration for reinstatement. A student who does not receive permission for summer courses or who fails to achieve creditable grades of C- or better in approved summer courses will not be allowed to matriculate in the Lynch School.

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Attendance
Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Students who are absent repeatedly from class or practica will be evaluated by faculty responsible for the course to ascertain their ability to achieve the course objectives and to continue in the course.

A student who is absent from class is responsible for obtaining from the professor, or other students, knowledge of what happened in class, especially information about announced tests, papers, or other assignments. 

Professors will announce, reasonably well in advance, all tests and examinations based on material covered in class lectures and discussions, as well as other assigned material. A student absent from class on the day of a previously announced examination is not entitled, as a matter of right, to make up what was missed. The professor involved is free to decide whether a make-up will be allowed.

In cases of prolonged absence, due to sickness or injury, the student or a family member should communicate with the Office of Undergraduate Student Services as soon as the prospect of extended absence becomes clear. Academic arrangements for the student's return to classes should be made with the the Office of Undergraduate Student Services, as soon as the student's health and other circumstances permit.

Final examinations must be given in all courses at the prescribed time. A student who misses a final examination is not entitled, as a matter of right, to a make-up examination except for serious illness and/or family emergency. The illness or emergency must be confirmed by  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services preferably before the time of the final examination, but certainly within 48 hours of the examination.

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Professional Practicum Experiences Leading to Teacher Licensure
Placements for pre-practica and practica leading to license are arranged by the Office of Professional Practicum Experiences, Campion 106, only for eligible students enrolled in programs in the Lynch School. The Director of Professional Practicum Experiences, for appropriate reasons, may choose not to approve a student for the practicum.

Pre-practica and practica are essential parts of the curriculum in the Lynch School. Attendance is required of all students assigned to cooperating school systems and agencies. It is the student's responsibility to inform the school or agency and the college supervisor of absences from the site.

Three semesters of pre-practicum assignments of one day per week are required before student teaching in the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education programs.

A full practicum (student teaching) is a full-time, five-days-per-week experience in the senior year for an entire semester. In the Lynch School, a full practicum is characterized by the teaching competencies required by the Massachusetts Department of Education.

The full practicum must be completed by all students seeking licensure. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and successful completion of all major courses are required prior to student teaching for all students in Early Childhood and Elementary programs. Students in Secondary Education must complete all major courses and 4/5 of A&S courses prior to student teaching. No incomplete grades may be outstanding and a minimum of 29 courses must have been completed before placement is approved.

All students will be screened for eligibility and any who fail to meet the standards (academic, health, professional) will be excluded. Those so excluded will take courses on campus during the semester to qualify for a degree from Boston College, but not for recommendation for teacher licensure.

Students will not be allowed to enroll in an overload while doing student teaching. If, for any reason, a student is unable to complete the full practicum, an extended practicum (additional time in the field) will be required by arrangement of the Director of Professional Practicum Experiences.

All pre-practica and practica for students seeking teacher licensure are arranged by the Office of Professional Practicum Experiences. Students must apply for a field assignment during the semester preceding the one in which the assignment is to be scheduled. 

Application deadlines for all pre-practica are December 1 for spring placements and April 15 for fall placements. Application deadlines for all practica are October 30 for spring placements and March 15 for fall placements. The Office of Professional Practicum Experiences will not be able to arrange assignments for late applicants.

The facilities utilized for pre-practica and practica are located in Boston and neighboring communities. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from these facilities.

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Leave of Absence
A student in good standing who desires to interrupt the normal progress of an academic program and to resume studies at Boston College within a year may petition for a leave of absence. The process begins at the Office of Undergraduate Student Services.

A leave of absence will not usually be granted to students who expect to do full-time academic work at other institutions. A leave of absence will be extended for no more than one year, although petition for renewal is possible.

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Academic Integrity
Students at the Lynch School are expected to have high standards of integrity. Any student who cheats or plagiarizes on examinations or assignments is subject to dismissal from the University. Cases involving academic integrity shall be referred to the Dean's Office for adjudication.

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Grade Change
In exceptional circumstances, a grade change may be warranted. All such grade changes must be submitted for approval by the faculty member to  the Office of Undergraduate Student Services no later than six weeks after the beginning of the semester following that in which the course was initiated. This rule applies also to those grade changes that result from the completion of course work in cases where an extension was given to a student by a professor to finish the work after the end of the semester in which the course was initiated.

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Academic Honors
The Dean's List recognizes the achievement of students semester by semester. The Dean's List classifies students in three groups according to semester averages: first honors (3.700-4.000), second honors (3.500-3.699), and third honors (3.300-3.499).

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Honors Program
Scholarship and academic excellence are traditions at Boston College. To meet the needs of superior students, the Lynch School offers an Honors Program.  Honors students must maintain a 3.5 gpa.

Students are admitted to the Honors Program by invitation only during their freshman or sophomore year, based upon prior academic accomplishment.

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Degree with Honors
Honors accompanying the degree of Bachelor of Arts are awarded in three grades

  • summa cum laude, with highest honors, is awarded to the top 4.5 percent of the graduating class
  • magna cum laude, with high honors, to the next 9.5 percent
  • cum laude, with honors, to the next 15 percent

These percentages are based on the students' eight-semester cumulative averages.

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