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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Bachelor of Arts

woods college of advancing studies


The Bachelor of Arts Program prepares students to address and master the challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world. A flexible, broad-based curriculum permits registrants to choose courses and tracks of study reflecting their individual interests and varied career objectives. The curriculum offers intensive work and a degree of disciplined mastery in a major area. It also provides breadth and venturesome possibilities in communications, corporate systems, criminal and social justice, information technology, the humanities and the social sciences.

Our Undergraduate degree program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.


Degree candidates complete a minimum of thirty courses with at least a C- cumulative average.

Transfer students must complete at least half of their course work at Boston College to be eligible for a degree.

For students in the degree program, the maximum course load is three per semester; authorization for one additional course will be given only if a student has completed three courses in the previous semester, each with a grade of B- or above.  Degree candidates may register for either evening or day classes; however, day classes do require authorization from an academic counselor.

The core curriculum emphasizes a distinguishing characteristic of liberal education; it is neither too narrowly focused nor too broad. Such diversity of subject matter and approach promotes professional success. All bachelor programs require seventeen core courses in humanities, social sciences, mathematics and sciences.

A possible first year course schedule in the Fall is Introductory College Writing, Mathematical Analysis or science and a Theology course, followed in the Spring by Literary Works, Basic Problems in Philosophy and continuing Mathematical Analysis or science.

Humanities develop communication strengths, explore diverse cultures, and introduce the kinds of thinking that relate learning to the moral significance and practical direction of life. The nine course requirement comprises Introductory College Writing, Literary Works and an English elective; two foreign literature in English translation or two intermediate foreign language courses; Problems in Philosophy and a philosophy elective; two Theology electives.

Social Sciences provide a better understanding of how people develop, think and interact; how they adapt and change the environment. Required are two history courses and three additional courses selected from the following areas: economics, history, political science, psychology or sociology.

Mathematics and Sciences enhance content knowledge and its impact on individuals, communities, societies and the global environment. A computer course and two courses in either mathematics or science comprise the three course requirement.