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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

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 liberal arts curriculum which includes core requirements permits registrants to choose courses and programs of study reflecting individual interests and varied career objectives. The curriculum offers intensive work and a degree of disciplined mastery in a major area.
Degree Requirements:
A distinguishing characteristic of liberal arts education is a required core curriculum. The Bachelor of Arts programs require the following core courses:
•  3 English
•  3 Philosophy courses comprised of Logic, Ethics, and a
      Philosophy elective
•  3 Theology courses comprised of two sequential Theology
      courses and one Theology elective
•  2 Social Science courses
•  2 History courses
•  1 Mathematics course
•  1 Natural Science course
•  1 Computer course
•  1 Fine Arts course
•  1 Public Speaking course


Undergraduate Majors

The 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 Public Speaking, Survey of Mass Communication, and a combination of eight additional communication courses.

The Corporate Systems major interweaves theory, practice and an interest in management and social responsibility. Today’s dynamic corporate environment, fueled by global competition and an infusion of interactive and increasingly sophisticated technology, requires carefully honed problem-solving and communication skills.

The 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. This major focuses on supporting fields to broaden perspectives, improve decision making and deepen insights.

The 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.

The English major functions to ensure more effective expression and greater literary comprehension. 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.

The History major prepares students to enter a variety of professions, such as law, journalism, government services and teaching. History majors must complete a full-year course in European Civilization and two American period courses as part of the core curriculum in addition to the eight additional history electives.

The Information Systems 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.

The Natural Sciences seek to explain phenomena that occur in the biological, physical, and chemical realm of nature on earth and in the universe. The Natural Sciences utilize scientific methods, empirical data, and research to test hypotheses and propose theories to further an understanding of the natural world. The Natural Sciences provide a solid foundation for science practitioners as well as individuals seeking advanced degrees in related fields.

The study of Philosophy seeks to answer life’s perennial questions regarding the ultimate meaning of life, such as knowledge, truth, rationality, language, being, transcendence, God, faith, beauty, good, justice, humanity, friendship, love, sexuality, identity, power, and authenticity.  Reflection on such questions remains the core of the study of Philosophy.  Answers to these questions proposed by philosophers of the past remain with us today, not only inscribed in books, but embedded in the practices and institutions of our contemporary society.

The 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 and selected history courses are electives that further develop the required eight courses selected in political science.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Theology is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a reasoned reflection on their own values, faith, and tradition, as well as on the religious forces that shape our society and world.  As a broad liberal arts discipline, theology encourages and guides inquiries into life’s most meaningful issues from such diverse perspectives as ethics, Biblical studies, history, psychology, social studies, philosophy, and comparative religion.  There is a strong, although not exclusive, emphasis on Christianity, especially as manifested in the Roman Catholic tradition.