Undergraduate

An Education That Adapts to You

Our students represent a variety of backgrounds: Some are first-time undergraduates who are working while discerning their long-term interests. Others are returning to school to finish their degrees. And still others are veterans or transfer students who have discovered a new home here on campus.

What unites them all is a desire for an education that adapts to their needs, their goals, and their lives. At Woods College, we combine flexibility with individualized support and the rigor, resources, and prestige of a Boston College education.  


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Accounting
<p>This hybrid program includes both online and on-campus courses, and students can transfer credits to degrees, including Economics and Corporate Systems.</p> <p>Curriculum requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Financial Accounting</li> <li>Managerial Cost Analysis</li> <li>Intermediate Accounting I</li> <li>Federal Taxation</li> <li>Intermediate Accounting II</li> </ul> <p>One of the following electives: Intermediate Accounting III, Audit, Nonprofit and Public Accounting, or Financial Statement Analysis</p> <p>We accept applications via our online application on a rolling basis.</p>
<p>This certificate program provides a vital foundation, critical skills, and practical experience in an expertise that’s in high demand across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The six-course curriculum covers the essentials of financial accounting, resource management, business decision-making, and more.</p>
Accounting Associate Resource Management Financial Analyst
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Communication
<h3>B.A.</h3> <p>Through this major, students hone their spoken and written communication skills and examine theories of interpersonal, relationship, group, organizational, and mass communication. Students will apply social scientific research methods to case studies and consider the ethical implications of mass communication in society.</p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/bachelors/communication.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">B.A. Program Details</span></a></p> <h3><br> Undergraduate Certificate</h3> <p>Emphasizing advanced written and oral communication skills and practical applications of theory, this hybrid program prepares students to communicate clearly, concisely, and convincingly in a wide range of contexts. Coursework covers interpersonal communication, mass media theory, digital communication, and organizational communication.</p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/certificates/communication.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Certificate Program Details</span></a></p>
<p>Acquire an in-depth understanding of the many ways communication affects—and is affected by—modern societies. Ranging in focus from interpersonal communication to how advertisers, political campaigns, and the media employ mass communication, this major or certificate equips you to analyze information across several facets of life.</p>
Communication professional Public Relations Specialist Advertising Editor Underwriter Technical Writer
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Corporate Systems
<p>Students graduate from the program ready to step forward as socially responsible, ethically-oriented business leaders. Students graduate having learned the foundations of data collection and analysis, industry standard business software, how to communicate effectively in presentations, meetings, and more, and the principles of ethical decision-making in a business context.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Research: Techniques and Processes</li> <li>Elementary Economic Statistics</li> <li>Collaborative Computing</li> <li>Introduction to Organizational Behavior</li> <li>Corporate Communication</li> <li>Principles of Economics: Micro</li> <li>Principles of Economics: Macro</li> <li>Business Ethics</li> <li>Accounting and Financial Analysis I</li> <li>Leadership and Innovation</li> </ul>
<p>Obtain both practical and theoretical tools to excel in the ever-evolving world of business. With an emphasis on financial analysis, computing, and other skills, this major equips you to understand how corporations work and economic forces shape the global marketplace.</p>
Financial Manager Purchasing Manager Human Resource Manager
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Criminal & Social Justice
<h3>B.A.</h3> <p>Students graduate understanding the processes through which criminal laws are made and enforced, the major theories of criminality, and the economic and psychological factors that underpin criminal behavior. They will apply social scientific research methods to particular case studies while honing their written and spoken communication skills.</p> <p>Sample courses:</p> <ul> <li>Introduction to Criminology</li> <li>Criminal Law</li> <li>Criminal Justice</li> <li>Research Methods for the Social Sciences</li> <li>Two upper-level sociology and/or psychology courses</li> </ul> <div><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/bachelors/criminal-and-social-justice.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">B.A. Program Details</span></a></div> <h3><br> Undergraduate Certificate</h3> <p>Five Courses</p> <ul> <li>Introduction to Criminology</li> <li>Law and Society&nbsp;</li> <li>Criminal Justice</li> </ul> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/certificates/criminal-and-social-justice.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Certificate Program Details</span></a></p>
<p>Explore the social, economic, and psychological factors of criminal behavior and understand how criminal justice operates in modern society. You’ll also assess political, legal, and judicial institutions and the ethical issues surrounding criminality and punishment.</p>
Police Officer Probation or Parole Officer Special Agent Paralegal Criminal Defense Lawyer District Attorney Law Student Social Work Student
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Economics
<p>Students aiming to become bankers, business managers, market researchers, budget analysts, or others working in careers where they need to know the intricacies of economies will be well suited for success with this degree. Students learn to differentiate between market structures and analyze case studies using theories of economic growth, unemployment, and inflation.</p> <p>Required courses:</p> <ul> <li>Principles of Economics: Micro</li> <li>Principles of Economics: Macro</li> <li>Macroeconomic Theory</li> <li>Microeconomic Theory</li> <li>Elementary Economic Statistics</li> <li>Your choice of three upper-level Economics electives</li> </ul> <div><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/bachelors/economics.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">B.A. Program Details</span></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/graduate/masters-programs/ms-applied-economics.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">M.S. Program Details</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Want to understand how consumers and businesses behave? For students aspiring to master the theory and practical skills central to our market-driven world, our program provides a 360-degree understanding of economic dynamics in modern societies.</p>
Banker Business Manager Market Researcher Budget Analyst
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English
<p>Learn the narrative and stylistic techniques employed by classic writers of fiction and nonfiction in order to:</p> <ul> <li><p>Write at an advanced level</p> </li> <li><p>Distinguish between different periods in American and British literature</p> </li> <li><p>Interpret literature through the lenses of class, race, gender, and historical context</p> </li> <li><p>Thoughtfully criticize works of literature</p> </li> <li><p>Imaginatively inhabit the perspectives of others</p> </li> </ul> <p>In addition to courses in British, American, and World literature, the curriculum requires four additional English electives, as well as two writing courses.</p>
<p>Develop your critical thinking as well as your ability to craft clear, compelling, original pieces of writing while immersing yourself in American, British, and&nbsp;world<b> </b>literature spanning several centuries.</p>
Journalist Speech Writer Grant Writer Development Officer Research Analyst Copy Editor Copywriter Public Relations Officer
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Finance
<p>By the time you graduate, you’ll have covered economic research, complex formulas, financial statements, and financial instruments—all of which are fundamental to the field. Your credit is fully transferable to degrees in Economics and Corporate Systems.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Financial Accounting</li> <li>Macro Economics</li> <li>Principles of Financial Management</li> <li>Investments: Stocks, Bonds, and Securities</li> <li>Business Ethics</li> <li>Either Micro Economics, Federal Taxation, or Audit</li> </ul>
<p>Gain the essential knowledge and skills to succeed in an expanding and promising field. Our six-course hybrid program focuses on the fundamentals of finance: financial accounting, macroeconomics, management principles, investments, and business ethics.</p>
Budget Analyst Credit Analyst Financial Analyst Personal Financial Advisor Loan Officer Investment Underwriter
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History
<p>Our curriculum encompasses European, American, pre-modern, and non-Western history. As critical thinkers, students apply tools and concepts of historical inquiry and communicate research results clearly and effectively.</p> <p>Major requirements:</p> <ul> <li><p>Modern History I</p> </li> <li><p>Modern History II</p> </li> <li><p>Two American History courses</p> </li> <li><p>One Pre-Modern History course</p> </li> <li><p>One Asian, African, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History course</p> </li> <li><p>Four History electives</p> </li> </ul>
<p>Deepen your understanding of the present through an immersion in the events and cultures of the past. From Latin American history to sociology, classes introduce you to vital areas of historical research and schools of thought.</p>
Educator in Elementary and Secondary Schools Researcher in Historical Organizations Archivist Records Manager Law student
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Human Resources
<h3>Professional Studies Certificate</h3> <p>This hybrid, five-course program prepares students with two years’ professional HR experience for the main content areas covered in the Professional in Human Resources Exam. Those who complete the program will be better equipped to:</p> <ul> <li>Recruit, retain, train, and evaluate employees</li> <li>Maintain a positive work environment</li> <li>Oversee compensation, benefits, and labor relations</li> <li>Manage risk</li> </ul> <p>Credits are fully transferable to a major in English or Corporate Systems. We accept applications on a rolling basis.</p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/certificates/human-resources.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Professional Studies Program Details</span></a></p> <h3>Graduate Certificate</h3> <p>With topics that range from employee management to labor relations to employment law, this program helps you learn the skills and theories needed to excel in today’s HR landscape. Our four-course program is aligned with the major testing requirements of the Professional in Human Resources Exam.</p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/graduate/certificates/human-resources-management.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Graduate Certificate Program Details</span></a></p>
<p>As the workforce grows and diversifies, it’s more important than ever for organizations both big and small to maintain positive work environments. Our programs prepare you to take on the responsibility of ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and equitably.</p>
Human Resources Associate Recruiting Specialist Benefits Specialist Talent Manager Program Administrator
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Information Systems and Technology
<h3>B.A.</h3> <p>This major emphasizes technical and theoretical issues in information technology. From project management to collaborative computing, the curriculum prepares you to program computer applications and employ software and technology related to security.</p> <p>You'll begin with an immersion in the basic tools and concepts of computing, then move on to examine programming, modern computer and web-based applications, and advanced software and hardware development.</p> <div><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/bachelors/information-systems-and-technology.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">B.A. Program Details</span></a></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Undergraduate Certificate</h3> <p>Six course program</p> <p><a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate/certificates/information-technology.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Certificate Program Details</span></a></p>
<p>Organizations today need information technology expertise. Students pursuing this degree or certificate prepare to fill that role by working their way from simple computer applications toward advanced software and hardware development.</p>
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Database Administrator Information Systems Manager IT consultant Systems Developer Network Engineer
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Management
<p>Your credit is fully transferable to degrees in Corporate Systems and Information Systems and Technology.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Accounting and Financial Analysis I</li> <li>Financial Accounting</li> <li>Marketing: An Overview of Principles and Practices</li> <li>Leadership: Theory and Practice in Organizations</li> <li>Introduction to Organizational Behavior</li> <li>One elective, chosen from:<ul> <li>Principles of Microeconomics</li> <li>Principles of Macroeconomics</li> <li>Statistics</li> <li>Accounting and Financial Analysis II</li> <li>Investments: Stocks, Bonds, and Securities</li> <li>Advanced Advertising</li> <li>International Marketing</li> </ul> </li> </ul>
<p>Do you want to understand the practices and principles of modern management, including accounting, finance, marketing, leadership, and organizational behavior? Our six-course hybrid program primes you to thrive in today’s ever-evolving business world and is particularly well-suited for the needs of aspiring managers.</p>
Entry-level business professional Program coordinator Program manager Assistant manager
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Marketing
<p>In this flexible hybrid program, you’ll complete three core courses, one business elective, and two marketing electives. Your credit is fully transferable to degrees in Communication and English.</p> <h3>Core courses:</h3> <p>Marketing: An Overview of Principles and Practices<br> Principles of Advertising<br> Pricing and Distribution<br> &nbsp;</p> <h3>Business electives (choose one):</h3> <ul> <li>Financial Accounting</li> <li>Managerial Accounting</li> <li>Basic Finance</li> <li>Introduction to Organizational Behavior</li> <li>Principles of Microeconomics</li> </ul> <h3>Marketing electives (choose two):</h3> <ul> <li>Entertainment Media</li> <li>Advanced Advertising</li> <li>Social Media</li> <li>International Marketing</li> </ul>
<p>The best marketers are more than creative thinkers—they’re also expert researchers and precise communicators who leverage research and data to make strategic decisions. Our program provides a broadly applicable foundation in the various skills today’s marketing professionals need to succeed.</p>
Advertising and Promotion Associates Marketing Associates Sales Associates
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Natural Sciences
<p>You’ll begin by taking introductory courses in all three areas and then pursue more advanced courses within the area that most interests you.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li><p>Ecology and Evolution</p> </li> <li><p>Molecules and Cells with lab</p> </li> <li><p>General Chem I with lab</p> </li> <li><p>General Chem II with lab</p> </li> <li><p>Intro Physics I with lab</p> </li> <li><p>Intro Physics II with lab</p> </li> <li><p>Three elective courses within one field of study&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <p>Due to the nature of this major, you’ll need to take most of the required major courses in the summer session.</p>
<p>Do you want to understand how the world around you works? Start by acquiring a comprehensive foundation in the three main branches of natural scientific inquiry: biology, chemistry, and physics. This program provides both breadth and depth.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Biological Technician Meteorologist Agricultural and Food Scientist Environmental Scientist Technician Microbiologist Zoologist Wildlife Biologist High School Teacher
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Nondegree Coursework
<p>Nondegree students are vital to Woods College and Boston College, enriching the classroom and our communities. They come to Woods to learn new skill sets, improve their understanding of specific disciplines, and complete certificate programs. Some may also be looking to try out a subject before committing to a program or enhance their academic track record.</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/sites/information-for/nondegree-students.html" adhocenable="false"><span class="btn btn-default btn-red">Register for a course</span></a></p>
<p>Enhance your understanding of specific disciplines, discern your interests, and try out a subject before committing to a program. Our nondegree offerings allow you to convert to degree-seeking status should you be accepted. Benefit from individualized support and the rigor of a Boston College education.</p>
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Philosophy
<p>This major is ideal for students who seek to understand the world around them at its deepest level. They’ll learn to address fundamental questions about knowledge, goodness, and the nature of human experience in a clear, systematic fashion. With a curriculum anchored in the great works of antiquity and the Enlightenment, this program introduces students to the major fields of philosophical inquiry, including political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of science.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Who are we, and why are we here? What is the nature of knowledge, truth, and justice? Explore these and other enduring questions that form the basis of our shared humanity while sharpening your critical thinking and analytical skills in the process.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Paralegal Nonprofit Administrator Journalist Writer Educator Law Student
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Political Science
<p>Students graduate from this major with a strong grasp of the intricacies of political life, able to analyze political processes and institutions from a variety of theoretical perspectives.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Fundamental Concepts of Politics</li> <li>Social and Political Philosophy</li> <li>Comparative Politics</li> <li>International Relations</li> <li>Research Methods for the Social Sciences</li> <li>Gender Politics</li> <li>Law and Morality</li> <li>Two courses in American Politics</li> <li>Two upper-level Political Science and/or Law electives</li> </ul>
<p>Learn how to interpret major events in American political life, compare the American political system to other countries’ political systems, understand the relations between states, and analyze the role of gender in politics while honing your analytical and communications skills.</p>
Public Policy Campaign Worker City Manager Lobbyist Foreign Service Office Paralegal Law Student
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Psychology
<p>This major is ideal for students who want to analyze human behavior through the lenses of personality, developmental history, biology, and social context. You’ll also learn the theory and practice of psychological counseling and apply foundational principles of development and biological psychology to case studies while considering the field’s ethical dimensions.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li><p>Introduction to Psychology</p> </li> <li><p>Research Methods for the Social Sciences</p> </li> <li><p>Social Psychology</p> </li> <li><p>Personality Theories</p> </li> <li><p>Developmental Psychology</p> </li> <li><p>Counseling Theories and Interventions</p> </li> <li><p>Abnormal Psychology</p> </li> <li><p>One Biological Psychology course</p> </li> <li><p>Four Psychology electives</p> </li> </ul>
<p>Do you wonder why we do what we do and what makes us tick? Seek the answers through this program, which imparts a comprehensive understanding of individual and group behavior. Courses are offered weekends, nights, online, and in a hybrid format.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Community Service Manager Health Educator Market Research Analyst Social Services Advocate Case Manager in Human Services
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Social Sciences
<p>This flexible program allows you to choose courses in consultation with your advisor. You’ll graduate with a comprehensive, multifaceted understanding of our contemporary times and be prepared to:</p> <ul> <li><p>Address a variety of research problems using an interdisciplinary approach</p> </li> <li><p>Design research projects that respect the ethical boundaries inherent in the study of humans</p> </li> <li><p>Communicate effectively in writing and orally</p> </li> <li><p>Collaborate meaningfully with your peers and faculty</p> </li> </ul>
<p>Explore the rich intellectual variety of the social sciences through this dynamic program. Economics, history, political sciences, psychology, and sociology will all contribute to your studies as you critically examine our rapidly changing society.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Teacher Marketing Manager Education Administrator Human Resource Associate Development Officer Residential Counselor Social Work Student
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Sociology
<p>This program will introduce you to classical and contemporary sociological theories and challenge you to apply these theories in evaluating social phenomena. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a firm grasp on the complexities of behavior and interaction in modern societies.</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Introductory Sociology</li> <li>Sociological Theories</li> <li>Research Methods for the Social Sciences</li> <li>Qualitative Methods</li> <li>Class, Power, and Social Change</li> <li>Three upper-level Sociology courses</li> <li>Two upper-level Political Science and/or Psychology electives</li> </ul>
<p>Immerse yourself in the science of society through this program, which blends quantitative and qualitative methods of analyzing human social relationships and institutions. You’ll conduct original research and examine social phenomena with an eye toward class, race, gender, education, and age.</p>
Social Worker Student Criminologist High School Teacher Policy Analyst Demographer Survey Researcher Statistician
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Sustainability
<p>Our flexible curriculum is offered entirely online and features one core course—Sustainability Science—and your choice of five electives. Select from:</p> <ul> <li>Corporate Sustainability</li> <li>Eating and the Environment</li> <li>Building Green Buildings</li> <li>Energy in the 21st Century</li> <li>Water Resources</li> <li>Wetlands Science and Policy</li> <li>Environmental Economics</li> <li>Natural Disasters</li> <li>Marine Resources</li> <li>Evolution of Life and Historical Geology</li> <li>Applied Hydrogeology</li> <li>Urban Ecology: Environmental History of Boston</li> </ul>
<p>The increasingly present effects of climate change, exploding population growth around the globe, the pressing limits of natural resources—examine the science and policy of these urgent issues and more through this online program covering an in-demand field.</p>
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Emergency Manager Environmental Consultant Parks and Recreation Specialist Technical Environmental Writer Communications Director
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Theology
<p>This major encourages and guides inquiries from diverse perspectives, including ethics, Biblical studies, history, psychology, social studies, philosophy, and comparative religion. By the time you graduate you’ll be able to characterize various periods in the history of the Catholic Church and apply foundational concepts of Christian theology in analyzing ethical problems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Catholic Crisis Points I</li> <li>Catholic Crisis Points II</li> <li>Foundations of Theology</li> <li>Moral Theology</li> <li>Systematic Theology</li> <li>Biblical Heritage I</li> <li>Biblical Heritage II</li> <li>Liturgy and the Sacraments</li> <li>History of Theology</li> </ul>
<p>Acquire the skills and knowledge to reflect on faith’s role in your life, the religious forces that shape society, and the world’s most meaningful issues. Our program includes a broad liberal arts education and a strong, although not exclusive, emphasis on Christianity.</p>
Youth Worker Church Leader Church Administrator Nonprofit or Charity Administrator Missionary Educator
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Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey

"Most important to me is the class size that Woods College offers. My classes are usually always under 25 students; this has allowed me to consistently make connections with my professors and with my classmates."

Gawain Dornelly

Gawain Dornelly

"Evening classes allow a mix of working professionals and young adults, whose experiences and perspectives further enrich learning."

Michele Hubley

Michele Hubley

"I began taking college courses 30 years ago and am excited at the prospect of earning a college degree at this time in my life. With the flexible schedule available at the Woods College, I am able to work full time, attend class, and be supportive to my family."

   

Cost of a Boston College Degree

$65,000

Total Cost of B.A.
108 credits over fall and spring and 12 credits in summer

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