Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Students participating in BC and approved external programs may fulfill certain major and minor requirements abroad. To request substitution credit, contact the relevant department and turn in a signed Course Substitution Form to Student Services in Lyons Hall. Pre-approved courses do not require a substitution request.

Carroll School of Management (CSOM) students seeking A&S credit for courses taken abroad can contact Erica Graf. Lynch School of Education and Human Develpment (LSOE) students seeking A&S credit for courses taken abroad can contact Maureen Raymond.

 

Arts and Sciences Majors and Minors


 

The department believes strongly that study abroad is worthwhile, exposing students to not only other cultures but other forms and traditions of artistic expression.

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Art History
Film Studies
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Biology majors are encouraged to study abroad, but one must plan ahead carefully, especially if one wants to go abroad for a whole year instead of for a single semester. The Biology Department allows biology majors to carry over a maximum of one Biology elective for each semester that students are abroad.

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Megan Barry

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Christine Caswell

                                                         617-552-6148                   christine.caswell@bc.edu

 

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The E&ES Department strongly encourages students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. An Earth scientist can never see too much of our planet. We particularly encourage students to participate in programs that include field-based courses and research experiences. Depending upon the student's major, and the courses available at the foreign school, the department can be quite flexible. We typically allow one elective per semester abroad to count toward major requirements, or two courses in unusual circumstances. Students should work out their plan well in advance with a departmental advisor or the contacts listed below.

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Studying abroad for Economics majors, minors, and CSOM concentrators is far more than an interesting cultural experience. There are many fine Economics Departments in universities throughout the world, at which students would have the opportunity to take first-rate elective courses on topics that would not be available to them at Boston College or on similar topics approached from a somewhat different perspective. Such courses enrich and enhance the liberal arts experience that Boston College seeks for its students. The Economics faculty wholeheartedly joins the Office of International Programs in encouraging its undergraduate students to spend at least one semester studying abroad.

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There are many strong English programs offered through universities overseas. As part of your application checklist for study abroad, you need to procure permission from your major department. In the case of the English department, you have little reason for concern. Please plan to meet with Treseanne Ainsworth, the Assistant to the Chair, to discuss your plans. These meetings do not require an appointment, unless you cannot meet during regular office hours.

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The Department offers and encourages opportunities for contact with German-speaking Europe and for study abroad in Germany and Austria, as well as summer internships in Germany and the possibility of teaching in Germany following graduation. In addition, the German Studies Department has been highly successful with its graduating students applying for the Fulbright Grants and for DAAD scholarships. In recent years, the Department produced thirteen Fulbright scholars to Germany, which was in all likelihood the most from any university in the United States to a single country in the history of the Fulbright program.

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The Boston College History Department believes that many students profit greatly from spending part or all of their junior year abroad. OIP offers a vast amount of opportunities for history majors to expand their knowledge of historical periods by taking part in foreign study.

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Colleen O'Reilly

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                                                         617-552-3802                   colleen.oreilly@bc.edu

 

The Mathematics Department recognizes the value of international experience as part of an undergraduate education, and is happy to assist mathematics majors as they construct their program. Because of the hierarchical nature of the requirements for the major, we encourage students to plan carefully. For example, while many foreign institutions offer elective courses that fit well, it is sometimes difficult to find acceptable substitutes for the required courses, particularly in Algebra and Analysis. We recommend that any mathematics major considering an international program consult with the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs.

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Whether it’s opera in Italy, the classical tradition in Vienna, a history of flamenco in Spain, or learning about African drumming traditions in South Africa, the study of music abroad inevitably makes the understanding of music within its culture all the richer and more meaningful. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of a study abroad experience through the courses they choose and through the remarkable and unique opportunities for attending concerts and performances. Before going abroad, both Minors and Majors should have completed Chromatic Harmony in theory and Majors in addition should have taken a couple of the history or cross-cultural courses. Thus acceptable offerings from abroad tend to lean towards courses in music history or in cross-cultural studies, with some upper-level theory courses acceptable.

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Studying abroad can be an especially enriching learning environment for Philosophy majors and minors. Many of the most important philosophers lived and wrote in lands outside the United States, and many of the best scholars of their thought teach at universities abroad. Studying abroad therefore offers opportunities to study with such scholars. These courses enrich and enhance the liberal arts experience which Boston College seeks for its students. The Philosophy faculty wholeheartedly joins the Office of International Programs in encouraging its undergraduate students to spend at least one semester studying abroad.

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Paula Perry

Administrative and Undergraduate Specialist

                  617-552-3845             paula.perry@bc.edu

 

Before undertaking study abroad, it is strongly recommended that the physics major completes PHYS 2200, PHYS 2201 (or PHYS 2100, 2101) with labs, PHYS 3100, and PHYS 3300 (also with labs,) and the co-requisite math courses MATH 1102, MATH 1103, MATH 2202. The department allows a maximum of four courses taken abroad to count for major credit. Of these four courses, two should be major requirements, plus two physics electives. The department recommends any program with a solid teaching and research program in physics.

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Study abroad is an excellent way for Political Science majors to gain a comparative and cross-cultural perspective on politics. Study abroad is encouraged by the Department, so long as students have prepared themselves with a strong academic background and choose their study-abroad location with care, to assure that the courses taken abroad meet the Department's expectations with respect to quality and content.

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The Pre-health Committee at Boston College feels that study abroad can be a very positive and enriching experience for selected undergraduates. However, students must be conscientious about the required courses for the concentration, their track of completion, and the pre-health office's guidelines for study abroad.

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Robert Wolff

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Study abroad can be an excellent opportunity, especially when one takes courses that focus on the region in which the student studies or that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department. Ideal Psychology courses will be ones that are not available at BC. Before deciding to go abroad, Psychology majors should read the Advising Guide (see link below) closely and consult with their advisors. Students interested in completing a Senior Thesis in Psychology should consider how they will balance opportunities offered by study abroad and those offered by BC's Psychology Department--such as independent study and lab research.

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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures strongly encourages all of its students to study abroad, both to strengthen their linguistic skills and to benefit from the experience of living in another culture. Boston College offers a variety of study abroad options of specific interest to students studying French, Italian, or Spanish.

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There are excellent study abroad programs available at BC and approved for sociology students by our Undergraduate Director. In general, students are eligible to study abroad in their junior year, and should start preparation in the fall term of their sophomore year.

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Theater majors considering study abroad should meet with their departmental advisor a year in advance for academic planning purposes. Those who have definite plans to study abroad should confer with the Chair of the Department before they go.

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The Department of Theology encourages its majors and minors to study abroad and enrich their particular course of study with exposure to different theological perspectives and course offerings. To assure acceptance for Boston College credit of courses taken abroad, students should consult with the department in advance of registering.

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