Carroll School of Management
Founded in 1938, Boston College’s Carroll School of Management educates undergraduate students for careers in the various disciplines of management, as well as graduate students and practitioners who seek deeper insights into a complex global economy. The School has a dual mission: to carry out both top-level teaching and cutting-edge research. It sees this mission as a collaborative effort among faculty, staff, and students, in engagement with alumni and other management practitioners.
A Carroll School education is a lively blend of the liberal arts and the functional areas of management. Undergraduates are introduced to a broad slate of topics related to accounting, business analytics, finance, business law, marketing, and other disciplines. But they are also encouraged to branch out and delve into subjects ranging from history and literature to natural science and the fine arts. Academic rigor and close interaction with faculty go hand in hand with this multidisciplinary approach.
Situated within a Jesuit liberal arts university, the Carroll School helps its students cultivate the habits of intellectual discernment along with a commitment to service and the public good. There are numerous opportunities for students to apply their specialized knowledge to a vast array of human, social, and organizational challenges.
In keeping with its philosophy of undergraduate management education, the Carroll School aims to:
- Teach analytical reasoning, problem-solving, and communication skills to create effective leaders.
- Inform students of the latest advances in accounting, finance, data analytics, marketing, operations, and many other fields.
- Help students carve out a specialization in one or more fields, making them ready for management practice and leadership upon graduation.
- Provide them with the tools and inspiration to seek out, develop, and experiment with innovative ideas drawn from a wide mix of sources.
- Create a variety of programs that allow students to gain hands-on experience and apply theory to practice. Specialized research and education centers provide many of these opportunities.
- Develop a multicultural and global outlook, attentive to the needs of diverse communities and a fast-changing world.
- Emphasize the ethical responsibilities of managers and business and assist students in the development of their capacity for moral reasoning.
- Inculcate the habits of lifelong learning and self-reflection.
Through the curriculum and other offerings, Carroll School students are taught to value both knowledge and wisdom, both hard skills and broader insights. They emerge from Boston College as capable professionals and thoughtful leaders ready to make a difference in their organizations and in their world.
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 Portico (PRTO1000), a 3-credit course, offered in the fall semester, which combines an introduction to business with ethics and attention to globalization.
During freshman year, Carroll students should also complete the Writing Seminar and Literature Core requirements, and Business Statistics (BZAN1135). These four courses, or their equivalent via Advanced Placement, and Excel for Business Analytics (BZAN1037) 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? Students contemplating study abroad should be aware that some programs require a language proficiency and may want to consider taking a relevant language course(s).
Freshmen should also consider enrolling in one of the University's hallmark programs, PULSE or 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 History sequence, Principles of Economics (ECON1101) plus innovative courses in the Enduring Questions and Complex Problems Core offerings.
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 Senior Associate Dean and their faculty orientation advisor in crafting a plan of study for their first year.
Management Core Courses
- PRTO1000 Portico (freshman, fall)
- BZAN1135 Business Statistics (freshman)
- ECON1101 Principles of Economics (freshman or sophomore)
- ISYS1021 Digital Technologies (freshman)*
- BZAN1037 Excel for Business Analytics (1 credit, freshman)**
- ACCT1021 Financial Accounting (sophomore or freshman)
- BZAN2021 Coding for Business (sophomore or freshman)***
- BSLW1021 Introduction to Law (sophomore or junior)
- MGMT1021 Organizational Behavior (sophomore or junior)
- BZAN1021 Operations Management (sophomore or junior)
- MFIN1021 Fundamentals of Finance (sophomore or junior)
- MKTG1021 Principles of Marketing (sophomore or junior)
- MGMT3099 Strategic Management (senior)
- 4–6 CSOM concentration courses (junior, senior)
- 12-15 credits of MCAS Electives (any year)****
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 in the Classes of 2024-2026 pursuing a minor in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences or the Lynch School of Education and Human Development may elect to eliminate one of the Carroll School core management courses. Students who complete the pre-medical program requirements (without a major or minor in MCAS) are eligible for this incentive as well. A student pursuing a major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences may elect to eliminate two of the Carroll School core management courses. Selection of the eliminated courses must be done with advising from the Associate Dean's office. No one may eliminate Portico, Financial Accounting, Statistics, or Principles of Economics. Note: Students are not eligible to combine any of the incentives above (i.e., a student with two minors may not eliminate two courses).
Prerequisites, which are listed in the individual course descriptions, must be followed.
*Beginning with the Class of 2026, ISYS1021 Digital Technologies is no longer required.
**Beginning with the Class of 2025, students will be required to take BZAN1037 Excel for Business Analytics.
***Beginning with the Class of 2024, students will be required to take BZAN2021 Coding for Business.
****Beginning with the Class of 2027, students will be required to take 15 credits of MCAS Electives and are not eligible to reduce their Management Core class by one or two for minors and majors outside of the Carroll School, respectively.
Requirement for Good Standing
Students must complete 120 credits to earn the bachelor's degree. To continue enrollment in a full-time program of study, a student must maintain a cumulative average of at least 1.5 as the minimum standard of scholarship and must not fall more than 6 credits behind the total number of credits a student of their status is expected to have completed (15 credits each semester freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior 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.
At the end of each semester, students who do not meet the academic standards of the Carroll School of Management are dismissed. Possible grounds for academic dismissal include the following:
- Passing fewer than three courses (or 9 credits) in a semester
- Passing fewer than eight courses (or 24 credits) in an academic year (except senior year)
- Passing fewer than 18 courses (or 54 credits) by the end of sophomore year
- Passing fewer than 28 courses (or 84 credits) by the end of junior year
- A cumulative grade point average of below 1.5
- Students with any combination of 7 withdrawals and/or failures may be permanently dismissed
A student on academic warning 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 12 credits in summer study). A student who incurs additional failures or withdrawals or carries an unapproved underload while on academic warning may be required to withdraw from the School at the time of the next review.
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Major
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 their Carroll School advisor and the department undergraduate advisor in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences as early in their studies as possible.
Carroll School students are also eligible to pursue a pre-medical course of study in addition to their management curriculum.
Studying and living in another country enables students to broaden their horizons and experience a different culture, and Carroll School of Management students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to study abroad during their junior year. During the spring semester of freshman year, the Dean’s Office sponsors an informational session for management students interested in studying abroad; a subsequent fall semester study abroad fair for first-semester sophomores encourages further exploration of program options. All students interested in international study should visit the Office of Global Education early in their sophomore year.
The Office of Global Education 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.
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 Kamryn Gooden, Assistant Director for Career Education, in the Career Center, and the University's pre-law advisor.
The Ethics Initiative
In addition to Portico (PRTO1000), 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.
Summer Management Catalyst Program
The Carroll School of Management Summer Management Catalyst Program is an intensive, full-time, 8-week program designed to develop a solid and broad foundation in the functional areas of management for non-management students.
Participants register for 11 credits that cover a wide range of business management topics, including accounting, finance, marketing, ethics, law, Excel, big data, and career skills.
Additional information and application can be found at bc.edu/catalyst.
Catalyst Program Benefits
- Learn how organizations operate and develop management skills to contribute to complex, not-for-profit, business, and government entities.
- Complete three core management courses and one Career Practicum in one summer and receive 11 credits—ideal for students who find it difficult to fit management courses into their schedule and students interested in completing a Carroll School minor.
- 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.
- Connect exclusively with potential employers through alumni networking and recruiting panel events.
Stand out in the competitive job market for internships or full-time positions with enhanced credentials from the summer program, including Excel and exposure to programming languages.
Carroll School of Management 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 types and structures of organizations operating in the business world. This will be an interactive 3-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 an academic advisor during the student’s first year.
BCOM1021 Essential Business Communication
Essential Business Communication is a one-credit asynchronous course designed to support sophomores (and second-semester first-year students) transitioning from academic to business writing and preparing them for on-the-job communication. Students learn how to boost their business writing and presentation skills through various activities, including analyzing audiences, writing everyday business communication, collaborating, and presenting. Instructors and writing coaches provide individualized feedback to students in this online environment. The course is graded pass/fail. The course will be offered in one five-week term within a semester.
BCOM6688 Business Writing and Communication Skills for Managers (Fall/Spring: 3)
Restricted to CSOM
The course focuses on the type of communication done on the job, especially in corporations. Business assignments are used to illustrate appropriate writing and communication strategies, protocols, practices, styles, and formats. Students work alone and in collaboration with others around a variety of assignments and tools including everyday business communications, reports, proposals, and presentations. By the end of the semester, students will be proficient in producing business materials for a variety of audiences including clients, colleagues, managers, and executives.
PRTO2401 Free Markets, Faith, and the Common Good (Spring: 3)
If sharing our gifts, pursuing justice, and acting on our concern for the poor and marginalized of society are core values of Jesuit-trained students, to what extent is free market capitalism a good "fit" for helping us meet those goals? In this course, we will explore several key moral and philosophical foundations of free market capitalism. These arguments will then be placed in dialogue with central insights contained in Catholic social teaching, especially the principles of human dignity, solidarity, the preferential option for the poor, and the common good.
PRTO4307 Happiness in a Commercial Society (Spring: 3)
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of human well-being with a special emphasis on how that pursuit is influenced by contemporary capitalism and commercial life in general. The course will include philosophical, psychological, and social scientific inquiries into human flourishing as they apply to topics such as the relationship between wealth and happiness, the nature of meaningful work, the changing structure of relational networks, as well as practical strategies for emotional regulation and increased self-knowledge.
PRTO4901 Special Topics: The Ethics of Capitalism (Spring: 3)
This course explores the philosophical basis and moral implications of contemporary commercial life. Along the way, we will consider the role of business in society, the relationship between capitalism and democracy, and the ethics of consumption, among other issues where market values intersect public and private virtues.
UGMG1010 Perspectives on Management (Spring: 3)
This course, taught by practitioners John Clavin (BC '84) and Jere Doyle (BC '87), provides BC students with an excellent opportunity to explore the functional disciplines of business from a real-world perspective. Using a combination of lectures, case studies, readings, and outside speakers, the course provides students the opportunity to get grounded in each of the CSOM concentrations while gaining outside views on careers in related fields and industries. The course will also provide a framework to explore and discuss cross-functional issues that impact business strategy and execution. This is a highly interactive class that places a premium on both preparation and participation each week. The course is initially open to CSOM sophomores but normally has availability for juniors and seniors across all undergraduate majors
UGMG1222 Career Bridge
Career Bridge will equip first generation and high financial need college students with the confidence and knowledge to have a successful experience navigating BC. Career Bridge will follow a discussion-based model, emphasizing class participation in three main topic areas: BC experience, personal discernment, and career discernment. Have you struggled getting your footing on campus? Are you looking for a like-minded community? Undecided on what concentration to pursue & how this will impact your career choices? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course is for you. To inquire about joining, please connect with Drew Barksdale, email@example.com.
UGMG2222 Career Accelerator (Fall/Spring:1)
Restricted to sophomores and second-semester freshmen in the Carroll School of Management
It is a 1-credit pass/fail course consisting of nine 75-minute sessions designed to ensure that you learn the following: how to identify your top skills/interests and explore career fields that are a good match; how to write an effective resume/cover letter; how to talk about yourself to employers; how to network effectively and utilize the BC Network; how to interview to get the job; how to dress to impress; how to make a positive first impression; how to use social media to your advantage. This course utilizes a group of about 300 alumni called Eagle Experts who you will utilize for learning to network and for conducting a mock interview. You will also hear from a panel of recruiters to help you better understand the ins and outs of campus recruitment.
Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good
The Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good minor is jointly sponsored by the Carroll School of Management and the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.
Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good aims to provide students with a well-defined, interdisciplinary minor focused on analyzing the multifaceted impacts of today’s global corporations, social enterprises, public sector, and nonprofit organizations.
In successfully completing this minor, students will:
- Develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the extended social impacts of global corporations and why responsible enterprise values and the public good are relevant for all stakeholders
- Learn to apply research and critical thinking to understand the challenges, benefits, and current practices in corporate social responsibility
- Explore the philosophical, ethical, legal, economic, and ecological implications of the decisions made by corporate and public sector global leaders through case studies, readings, and class discussions
- Understand the challenges, available tools, and innovative models for managing social impacts and balancing stakeholder value in a variety of corporate, nonprofit, and public sector organizations
- Develop and articulate a personal vision for integrating moral decision-making, social justice, citizenship, and responsible management in their future professional lives
The Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good interdisciplinary minor is an 18-credit program. Students have the option to select electives that focus on one of these three areas:
- Digital Economy, Social Innovation, and Citizenship
- Economic Development, Equality, and Enterprise
- Environmental and Economic Sustainability
Students must take the two required courses described below and earn at least 12 additional credits by taking approved elective courses. No more than 3 credits in this minor may be applied to fulfilling the requirements for another major, minor, or Core requirement.
The following two Carroll School courses are required:
- BSLW3345 Managing for Social Impact (fall/spring)
- BSLW6001 Leading for Social Impact (spring of senior year)
The electives are described further on our Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good website.
A course taken during a semester abroad may be approved as an elective counting toward the Managing for Social Impact minor, but such courses must be pre-approved by the directors of the program before enrollment if they are to be counted. After a student completes the pre-approval process, credit for courses taken abroad will only be granted upon the student’s return from the program, based on the graded work completed for the course.
Declaring the Minor
For questions about the Managing for Social Impact minor, contact the Carroll School Senior Associate Dean's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.