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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Bachelor of Arts Core Program and Majors

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The Woods College of Advancing Studies offers the atmosphere of a small college within the environment of a large university. Students receive personal attention while enjoying access to the many resources of Boston College. The inclusive admission policy of the Woods College of Advancing Studies captures and embodies the spirit, the defining character of Boston College, where institutional aspirations are never allowed to overshadow the unique individuality of the learners who make up our local educational community. This presence sparks dynamic and interactive undergraduate learning opportunities. Bachelor of Arts degree program allows students to begin studying for an undergraduate degree or complete a degree initiated at other institutions.

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.

Bachelor of Arts Core Curriculum

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 these courses, each with a grade of B- or above, in the previous semester. Degree candidates may register for either day or evening classes.

The core curriculum emphasizes a distinguishing characteristic of liberal education; it is neither too narrowly focused nor too diffuse. 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.

Undergraduate Majors

American Studies major permits students to examine American heritage from different perspectives. Students elect five courses in either American history or American literature, and select three courses from the other field. American Studies majors complete the two courses in American period history and a course from one of the following areas: American architecture, American philosophy and sociology, American economics and politics as part of the core curriculum.

Communication major allows development in writing and speaking effectively and communicating through a variety of media. Students address pressing social and political issues and the contexts in which personal and mass communication occur. Required courses are Survey of Mass Communication, Public Speaking, and a combination of eight additional communication courses; five from advertising, communication, career development, public relations and three which may be elected from such areas as information processing (Exploring the Internet, Collaborative Computing, Computer Graphics), English (Corporate Communication, Creative Nonfiction), psychology (Statistics, Organizational Communication), corporate systems (Research Methods and Data).

Computer Information Technology major emphasizes technical and theoretical issues in information technology while offering competencies in team building and human relations, leadership and change, written and oral communication, critical thinking and problem solving. Courses ensure the success of the information technology professional within an organization and its systems. In addition to statistics and a year of math, a student completes six computer courses including Exploring the Internet, Database Management, and a second level programming course.

Corporate Systems major interweaves theory, practice and an interest in management and social responsibility within the arts, business, criminal justice, information technology, education, health care, private, non-profit and public sectors. Two courses in mathematics as well as Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics are taken as part of the core curriculum. The major requires completion of a distribution core and a professional studies certificate area focusing on essential knowledge professionals must master. The professional studies areas are Accounting, Communication, Criminal and Social Justice, Finance, Information Technology, Management or Marketing.

Criminal and Social Justice major develops greater analytical communication and leadership skill among career personnel in law enforcement, juvenile service, social service, corrections, parole and probation agencies. The curriculum assumes training in specialized techniques is obtained through academy instruction, in-force training or other programs that enhance effective professional performance. Major focuses on supporting fields to broaden perspectives, improve decision making and deepen insights. During the first two semesters, a program is thoughtfully constructed according to each individual’s interests or career goals. It is reevaluated periodically and modified in writing by both the student and Dean of Advancing Studies.

Economics major provides essential knowledge for understanding a wide range of domestic and international issues and prepares individuals for decision-making responsibilities in areas such as business, law, government, consulting, teaching and management. Economics majors must complete Micro and Macro Principles as part of the core curriculum; Micro and Macroeconomic Theory and statistics are required as well as six additional economic electives.

English major functions to ensure more effective expression and greater literary comprehension. The immediate satisfaction is the knowledge gained of human values as they have been imaginatively expressed with all the resources of our native language. An English major offers preparation for a variety of professions: writing, both commercial and creative; editorial work; public relations; corporate and academic teaching; advertising and business. Practice of Criticism, Shakespeare and literary period courses are strongly recommended among the nine English electives required beyond Introductory College Writing and Literary Works. Research Methods and Data is an elective from corporate systems that broadens this major.

History major prepares students to enter a variety of professions, such as law, journalism, government services and teaching. History majors must complete the full-year course in European Civilization and American Civilization as part of the core curriculum in addition to the eight additional history electives. Statistics and Research Methods and Data are electives that further develop this major.

Political Science major prepares students for political and administrative careers, foreign service, law, journalism and teaching in the social sciences. Statistics and Research Methods and Data from corporate systems and selected history courses (i.e., Constitutional Development, Capital Punishment) are electives that further develop the required eight courses selected in political science.

Psychology major provides a background in personality and behavior applicable in a variety of professional settings: industry, social work, management, education, and counseling. Majors are required to take Introductory Psychology, Statistics and Research Methods within the eight courses in psychology. In addition, majors complete either one-year of mathematics or one year of biology or nutrition.

Social Science major provides a general knowledge of contemporary society from a political, economic, historical and social perspective. The major develops an excellent basis for an intelligent approach to problems confronting a changing world. The major includes the possibility of elective courses in economics, history, political science, psychology and sociology. Statistics, Research Methods and Data are electives from corporate systems that further develop the major.

Sociology major explores the complexities of society and the interactive dynamic of social groups and institutions. The program provides an excellent background of society’s changing profile and prepares individuals for graduate work in sociology, social work and related career areas. The required courses, Introductory Sociology, Sociological Theory, Statistics and Methods of Social Research, provide essential professional knowledge and skills. Four additional sociology electives survey special aspects of the discipline.


Corporate Systems Major

Positioned for the Future
The Woods College of Advancing Studies’ focus is the future which is now. The tables have turned. Technology first revolutionized business, now higher education. Technology’s lexicon adds new meaning to the words: communication, connected, collaboration, competition, interactive, interface, immediate. Education’s dialogue is forever changed. Today, learners come not solely to be challenged but to challenge institutions to offer what they need. Advancing Studies accepts the challenge; expanding our programs and offering an even broader experience through the Corporate Systems major. Today individuals pursue several careers over a lifetime. By broadening this program into the corporate world of non-profits, social agencies, criminal justice, etc., the major provides more opportunities for interweaving theory, practice and an interest in social responsibility. Students develop management and policy analysis skills necessary for personal success. The major prepares dynamic problem solvers – professionals with specialized communication skills and a keen awareness of the growing complexity of the interactive and increasingly sophisticated technological world in which they practice.

English (3 Courses)
Introductory College Writing, Literary Works and an English literature or writing elective. Effective expression defines the successful professional. Revolutionary changes in communication demand an ability to read intuitively, examine texts critically, articulate positions, develop judgment and write with clarity and precision.

Language and Literature in Translation (2 Courses)
Foreign literature in English translation or two intermediate foreign language courses. The multiple options available to meet this requirement respond to the typical ambivalence toward foreign language. Some pursue Conversational Spanish at a challenging level. Others pursue modern foreign literature in English translation to gain new insights into the nature of human thought and by comparison enhance the understanding of their own culture. Passing a Boston College proficiency examination allows two free elective courses.

Philosophy and Theology (4 Courses)
Problems in Philosophy and a philosophy elective and two Theology courses. The courses introduce the kind of thinking that relates learning to the moral significance and practical direction of life.

Economics (2 Courses)
Principles of Economics: Micro and Macro. An understanding of such microeconomic concepts as demand, supply and cost is essential to the study of corporate systems. In addition, basic concepts in macroeconomics including national income and employment analysis.

Social Sciences (1 Course)
Course is selected from the following areas: economics, history, political science, psychology or sociology. Social sciences provide a better understanding of how people develop, think and interact; how they adapt and change the environment.

History (2 Courses)
Two history courses establish a framework to locate and understand one’s own culture and era and encourage tolerance of others’ roots.

Mathematics and Science (4 Courses)
Two mathematics courses appropriate to the student’s background and ability, Economic Statistics and a computer course such as Information Systems. Courses enhance content knowledge and its impact on individuals, communities, societies and the global environment.

Corporate Systems Major Distribution (5 Courses)
Five-course distribution. Today’s dynamic corporate environment, fueled by global competition, an infusion of interactive and increasingly sophisticated technology, requires carefully honed problem-solving and communication skills.
AD 140 Research Methods and Data
MT 349 Information Systems: Collaborative Computing
PS 346 Organizational Communication
EN 575 Corporate Communication
CO 210 Computer-Mediated Presentations or MT 351 Discovering Computer Graphics

Professional Studies and Electives (7 Courses)
The curriculum offers intensive work and allows a degree of mastery in one professional studies area such as:

Accounting requires Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Nonprofit and Public Accounting or Accounting Theory: FAST III, Cost Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis.

Communication requires Public Speaking, Organizational Communication, Computer-Mediated Presentations, two electives such as Public Relations, Negotiation/Conflict Resolution, Team Dynamics, Corporate Communication, Exploring the Internet, Collaborative Computing, Computer Graphics.

Criminal and Social Justice requires Law for the Layperson, Family Law, and three electives from Psychology and Law, Crime and Corrections, Deviant Behavior, White Collar Crime, Social Psychology, Law and Society, Crime without Boundaries, Health Psychology, Psychological Trauma.

Finance requires Principles of Financial Management, Financial Statement Analysis, Microeconomic Theory, and two electives such as Investments, Personal Finance.

Human Resources requires Organizational Communication, Health Psychology, Human Resources, and three electives such as Family Law, Crime Without Boundaries, Negotiating/Conflict Resolution, Team Dynamics, Labor Relations/Human Resources, Interpersonal Relations, Group Dynamics, Social Psychology.

Information Technology requires Exploring the Internet, Database Management, Video Games and Virtual Reality, and two electives.

Management requires Managerial Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Principles of Financial Management, Psychology and Law, Marketing Overview, Principles of Micro and Macro Economics, Economic Statistics, Organizational Communication.

Marketing requires Marketing Overview, Marketing Research, two Marketing electives, Economic Statistics, Managerial Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis.