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Carroll School of Management

Founded as the College of Business Administration at Boston College in 1938, and later named the Carroll School of Management, in honor of a distinguished alumnus, the school identifies its mission in these terms:

The Carroll School of Management educates undergraduates preparing for careers in management, graduate students aspiring to greater responsibilities in a complex global economy, and practitioners and executives seeking renewed vision and new skills for that economy. Vigorous teaching, learning, and research that advance business theory and enhance management practice are crucial means to these ends. Our current efforts are a partnership of students, faculty, staff, the business community, and the broader academic community. We seek and value the support and counsel of our alumni and the wider business community. We aspire to be an effective and caring organization for our immediate community, and we strive to orchestrate all our efforts for the service of the many communities—local, national, and global—that sustain us.

The undergraduate curriculum, which combines a broad liberal arts background with specialized training in a management discipline, prepares students for leadership roles in business and society. The Carroll School of Management provides future managers with a knowledge of the methods and processes of professional management and an understanding of the complex and evolving social system within which they will apply this knowledge.

Philosophy of Undergraduate Education

Managers bear great professional responsibilities. A pervasive concern with the ethical and moral dimension of decision-making informs the undergraduate management curriculum. In outline, the program seeks to:

  • instill a humane managerial perspective characterized by high personal and ethical standards
  • prepare students with the necessary skills in analytical reasoning, problem solving, decision making, and communication to make them effective contributing leaders and managers in society
  • develop a multicultural and global perspective on the interactions within and between organizations and their members
  • convey a thorough appreciation of the functional interrelationships among management disciplines
  • communicate a clear understanding of the reciprocity of business organizations to the societies in which they operate
  • empower students to initiate, structure, and implement learning that leads to self-generated insights and discoveries
  • prepare students to use advanced information and control technologies relevant to the management of organizations

We believe that the combination of liberal study and core and specialized business disciplines creates baccalaureate candidates who possess unusual breadth and depth of understanding of management and who will be thoughtful contributors to civic life.

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Information for First Year Students

In most ways, the first year in the Carroll School of Management resembles the first year in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. Carroll School of Management freshmen are expected to focus their study on aspects of the University's Core curriculum (described in the University Policies and Procedures section); the study of courses required in the Management Core, with the exceptions noted below, usually begins in earnest in sophomore year.

All Carroll School freshmen will enroll in PRTO1000 Portico, a 3-credit course, offered in the fall semester, which combines an introduction to business with ethics and attention to globalization.

During freshman year, CSOM students should also complete the Writing Seminar and the Literature requirement as well as one semester of Calculus (MATH1100 or higher) and one semester of Business Statistics (OPER1135). These five courses, or their equivalent via Advanced Placement, along with ISYS1021 Computers in Management, are indispensable in the first year. Note that there is no necessary sequence for the above mentioned courses; they may be taken in any order, either semester, during the first year.

What other courses should a freshman pursue? If a student has yet to fulfill the language requirement (see elsewhere in this section for the variety of ways in which it can be satisfied), language study is in order. Note that students contemplating study abroad, and cognizant of the increasingly global nature of business, are well advised to hone existing language skills and consider beginning study of another language. Proficiency in several languages constitutes a significant advantage for aspiring business people. Boston College's international programs include a number of programs—from Scandinavia to the Pacific Rim—which are especially attractive for Carroll School students.

Freshmen should also consider enrolling in one of the University's hallmark programs, PULSE and Perspectives, which fulfill both the Philosophy and the Theology Core requirements. Perspectives, with the exception of one sophomore section, is restricted to freshmen; PULSE may be taken at any time except senior year.

Other possibilities for freshman year include the Modern History sequence, the two-semester Principles of Economics sequence, and a pair of science courses.

While the preceding remarks capture a range of possibilities, even greater possibilities await a student possessed of advanced placement, transfer, or international baccalaureate credit. Such students should consult carefully with the Associate Dean and their faculty orientation advisor in crafting a plan of study for first year.

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The Management Core Courses

Note: All courses 3 credits

  • PRTO1000 Portico (freshman, fall)
  • OPER1135 Business Statistics (freshman)
  • ECON1131 Principles of Economics I–Micro (freshman or sophomore)
  • ECON1132 Principles of Economics II–Macro (freshman or sophomore)
  • ISYS1021 Computers in Management (freshman or sophomore)
  • ACCT1021 Financial Accounting (sophomore or freshman, spring)
  • ACCT1022 Managerial Accounting (sophomore)
  • OPER2235 Math for Management (sophomore)*
  • BSLW1021 Introduction to Law (sophomore or junior)
  • MGMT1021 Organizational Behavior (sophomore or junior)
  • OPER1021 Operations Management (junior)
  • MFIN1021 Basic Finance (junior)
  • MKTG1021 Principles of Marketing (junior)
  • MGMT3099 Strategic Management (senior)
  • 4–6 CSOM concentration courses (junior, senior)
  • 12 credits of A&S Electives

With the exception of MGMT3099 Strategic Management, all Management Core courses usually are completed by the end of the junior year. Students who have transferred, who have done a semester or a year abroad, or who have had deficiencies may have to modify their schedules somewhat.

Students who enroll in a Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences minor may reduce, by one, their Management Core courses; note that not all courses are eligible for this reduction. All students must take Portico, Statistics, and Financial Accounting. Students who pursue a Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences major may reduce their Management Core by two courses, with the exceptions noted above. Students who wish to pursue one of these options must consult with the Associate Dean’s office.

Prerequisites, which are listed in the individual course descriptions, must be followed.

*All students must complete, either via AP or course work, one course in Calculus. A second Mathematics course must be taken at BC and be chosen from among a “bucket” that includes Math for Management, Calculus II, Multivariate Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Econometric Methods. All CSOM students must take at least one mathematics course at BC.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students must complete 120 credits for graduation.

To continue enrollment in a full-time program of study, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.5 as the minimum standard of scholarship and must not fall more than six credits behind the total number of credits a student of their status is expected to have completed. For example, a first semester sophomore student must have completed at least twenty-four credits during the freshman year. Any student who is permitted by the dean to continue enrollment in a full-time undergraduate program is considered to be in good standing.

Failure to maintain good standing either through a low cumulative grade point average or by incurring excessive deficiencies including failures, withdrawals, or unapproved underloads will result in the student's being placed on probation, or being required to withdraw, as the Academic Standards Committee or the Dean shall determine.

A student on probation may return to good standing by approved methods (e.g., make-up of credits via approved summer school work; students may make up no more than nine credits in summer study). A student who incurs additional failures or withdrawals, or carries an unapproved underload while on probation, may be required to withdraw from the School at the time of the next review.

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Arts and Sciences Majors

Students who have a very strong interest in an area in Arts and Sciences may complete a major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences by careful use of their electives. For example, it is possible to graduate with a concentration in Finance and a major in Philosophy or History. Students interested in this option should contact the Carroll School of Management Undergraduate Associate Dean and the department chairperson in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences as early in their studies as possible.

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Pre-Medical Studies

Carroll School students are also eligible to pursue a pre-medical course of study in addition to their management curriculum.

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International Study

Studying and living in another country enables students to broaden their horizons and experience a different culture, and Carroll School of Management students are encouraged to spend at least a semester studying abroad, usually during junior year. During the spring semester of freshman year, the Dean’s Office sponsors an annual program for management students interested in studying abroad; a subsequent fall semester program for first semester sophomores complements the first year program. All students interested in international study should visit the Office of International Programs early in their sophomore year and then the CSOM Undergraduate Assistant Dean, Erica Graf.

The Office of International Programs administers a growing number of programs for Boston College including course-based summer programs for those who desire a shorter abroad experience or cannot go during the regular academic year. Carroll School of Management students may avail themselves of opportunities for study in excellent institutions in the Pacific Rim, continental Europe and the United Kingdom, South America, and Eastern Europe, among others. See elsewhere in this Catalog for a full listing.

Students in the Honors Program, students with two concentrations, transfer students, and other students with special circumstances should plan their schedules carefully. Students in the Honors Program should seek advice on planning from the Honors Program Director. In order to receive permission to study abroad, students typically need a 3.0 grade point average.

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Special Programs

Management Honors Program

The Honors Program has as its goal the development of the whole person with an emphasis on academic rigor and leadership ability in the organizational world.

Students are invited to join the Honors Program through the Boston College Office of Undergraduate Admissions as entering freshmen. In January of freshman year, a few students who have excelled during the fall semester are invited to apply to the Honors Program. In addition to academic excellence, students must exhibit an ability to work well with others and have a desire to be involved in the extracurricular functions of the program. Honors students are expected to remain on the Dean's List.

Students in the Honors Program take honors sections of the business core classes. They must also take three courses beyond the business core: MHON1126 Business and Professional Speaking, OPER3384 Predictive Analytics, and MHON1199 Senior Honors Thesis.

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Pre-Professional Studies for Law

Pre-Law students need clear reasoning power, a facility for accurate expression, a mature balance of judgment, and the ability to appreciate the moral, social, and economic problems related to the administration of justice in modern society. The Carroll School of Management offers an ideal opportunity to develop these qualities both through the Liberal Arts Core and specialized management courses, notably those case style courses which place a premium on analytical powers and a capacity in both oral and written expression.

Carroll School students interested in law should contact Amy Brunswick, Assistant Director for Career Engagement, in the Career Center, and the University's prelaw advisor.

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The Ethics Initiative

In addition to PRTO1000 Portico, many regular Carroll School of Management courses integrate ethical issues in business and management. Elective courses in accounting, marketing, law, and operations are focused on ethical issues specific to those disciplines.

The Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics offers annual lecture, seminar, and workshop programs on ethics and leadership for undergraduate students.

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Summer Management Catalyst Program

The Carroll School of Management Summer Management Catalyst Program is an intensive, full-time, 10-week program designed to develop a solid and broad foundation in the functional areas of management for non-management students.

Participants take three full courses and five micro courses that cover a wide range of business management topics, including management, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, ethics, business law and strategy.

Additional information and application can be found at:

Program Benefits
  • Learn how organizations operate and develop management skills to contribute to complex, not-for-profit, business and government entities.
  • Complete the core management courses in one summer—ideal for students who find it difficult to fit management courses into their schedule.
  • Qualify to take higher-level management courses upon completion of the summer program.
  • Develop career strategies in building your personal brand through sessions on skills assessment, writing resumes and business letters, interviewing skills, effective networking, and employer panels.
  • Stand out in the competitive job market for internships or full-time positions with enhanced credentials from the summer program.

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CSOM Dean's Office Courses

PRTO1000 Portico (Fall: 3)
This course is required for all Carroll School students and must be taken in the fall semester of their first year at BC. Portico fulfills the Carroll School ethics requirement.

This is the introductory course for Carroll School of Management’s first year students. Topics will include ethics, leadership, globalization, economic development, capitalism, innovation, entrepreneurship, vocational discernment, and the functional areas of business. This will be an interactive three-credit seminar, serving as one of the five courses in the fall semester and fulfilling the ethics requirement for the Carroll School. The instructor will serve as academic advisor during the student’s first year.
The Department

BCOM5588 Business Writing and Communication (Fall/Spring: 3)
Restricted to CSOM juniors and seniors
The course focuses on the types of communication done on the job, especially in corporations. Business assignments are used to illustrate appropriate writing and communication strategies, protocols, styles, and formats. Students work alone and in collaboration with others around a variety of assignments and tools including traditional paper reports, electronic discussion boards, emails, wikis, live chats, social media, and oral presentations. By the end of the semester, students will be proficient in producing business letters, instructions, reports, proposals, resumes and presentation materials.
Timothy Gray
Rita Owens

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