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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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

Course Approvals
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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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Director of Undergraduate Studies

Colleen O'Reilly

Administrative Assistant
                                                         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

                                                         617-552-3540                robert.wolff@bc.edu

 

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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Course Approvals (Arabic)

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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Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Major Programs


 

Biochemistry majors are encouraged to study abroad, however, since the courses for the major are sequenced for the first three years, it is usually necessary to take one or two biochemistry courses abroad. Any courses that will be substituted for a course for the major must be approved in advance, and thus careful planning is required. Before going abroad, Biochemistry majors must have completed the prerequisites as outlined in the Advising Guide (see link below). Exceptions must be approved by the department.

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International studies majors are encouraged to spend at least a semester abroad to complement their course of study. Many international programs provide courses on topics that may not be available at Boston College and students are urged to seek out these programs. Due to the diverse nature of the international studies curriculum, students should plan carefully when considering study abroad, so as to ensure that they can fulfill all requirements. Our faculty join with the Office of International Programs in strongly recommending study abroad for all international studies majors.

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Patricia McLaughlin

Program Administrator

                                                           617-552-2800          patricia.mclaughlin.3@bc.edu

 

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Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Minor Programs


 

Please note that Course Substitution forms are only required for Ancient Civilization, Environmental Studies, and International Studies courses; For all other interdisciplinary minor course approvals, please contact departments (you do not need to complete forms).

African & African Diaspora Studies (AADS) minors who study abroad, particularly those who travel to countries on the African continent and/or those that have a majority African-descended population, will find myriad opportunities to experience what they study. Courses taken at universities in these countries can count as AADS electives, particularly classes whose topics and approaches complement those taught through the program. AADS courses taken abroad, as well as the experience of living abroad, significantly enhance the liberal arts experience that Boston College seeks for its students and the global vision that Amanda V. Houston (founding Black Studies director) had in laying the groundwork for the minor in 1985.

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Richard D. Paul

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                                                     617-552-4938          richard.paul@bc.edu

 

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The field of American Studies has taken an international turn in recent years in response to the recognition that American culture is significantly shaped not only by immigration but also by the increasing pace and complexity of globalization. One effect of these changes has been the new importance placed upon studying American culture from perspectives afforded by vantage points outside the United States. At the same time, American Studies programs in other countries have flourished. Accordingly, BC's American Studies program now accepts some courses taken abroad in fulfillment of the requirements of the minor.
The procedure is this: American Studies minors planning to study abroad who identify courses focused on American culture that they want to take should inform the director of American Studies of their course selections, forwarding course descriptions or syllabi as soon as they can. If the director determines that a course fits the student's program of study within the minor (it may depend on his or her chosen area of concentration within the minor), *one* course per semester abroad can be counted toward the minor, provided it's not also being counted toward the student's major. In extraordinary circumstances, the director will consider counting more than one course per semester toward the minor.

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Studying in Greece, Italy, and in some parts of Western Europe can be an excellent complement to the minor in Ancient Civilization. It gives students an opportunity to study the material culture and history of the ancient world at first hand. Courses taken abroad may count towards the minor with the permission of the director.

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Studying in Asia is an excellent complement to the minor in Asian Studies. It gives students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the region they have been studying, improve language skills, and gain different perspectives on both Asian and global matters. Courses taken abroad may count towards the minor with the permission of the director.

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Studying in Europe, Central or South America, Africa, Asia or Australia is an excellent complement to the minor in Catholic Studies. Since Catholicism is a major world religion found in all cultures, students have an opportunity to immerse themselves in an inculturated Catholicism and to compare this experience to the experiences of U.S. Catholicism. Courses taken abroad may count towards the minor with the permission of one of the co-directors.

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All students in the East European Studies minor are strongly encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program for a summer, semester, or a year.

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The Environmental Studies Program strongly encourages students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Studying outside of the U.S. provides a global perspective on environmental and sustainability issues, and educational opportunities not available at Boston College. We typically allow one elective per semester abroad to count toward the ES minor, or two courses in unusual circumstances. Students should work out their plan well in advance with the contact listed below.

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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 2006-2007, 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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International studies minors are encouraged to spend at least a semester abroad to complement their course of study. Many international programs provide courses on topics that may not be available at Boston College and students are urged to seek out these programs. Due to the diverse nature of the international studies curriculum, students should plan carefully when considering study abroad, so as to ensure that they can fulfill all requirements. Our faculty join with the Office of International Programs in strongly recommending study abroad for all international studies minors.

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Associate Director, Thesis Coordinator & Course Approvals
Course Approvals & Program Administrator

Patricia McLaughlin

Program Administrator

                                                     617-552-2800          patricia.mclaughlin.3@bc.edu

 

The Irish Studies program works closely with OIP to accommodate students with study abroad opportunities throughout Ireland. Immersing yourself in the culture of study is an excellent way to broaden your understanding of Irish Studies.

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All students in the minor are encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program, preferably during their junior year.

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The Jewish Studies Minor strongly encourages its students to take advantage of the opportunities to study abroad. These opportunities include a chance to learn and use a different language and to work in an environment with different cultural norms and standards. Studying abroad will provide important examples of the long and varied record of Jewish civilization.

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Latin American Studies minors are encouraged to take advantage of abroad programs in university-based destinations such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico.

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Studying abroad for students pursuing the minor in Psychoanalytic Studies represents an important opportunity to study different approaches to themes and practices in the field, and to reflect on the relationship of those themes to a new intellectual context. Courses on basic concepts in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic interpretation of texts, forms of culture and social practices promise to enrich and enhance the liberal arts experience that Boston College seeks for its students. The faculty teaching in Psychoanalytic Studies joins the Office of International Programs in encouraging its undergraduate students to spend at least one semester of study abroad.

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The Women’s and Gender Studies ( WGS ) interdisciplinary minor provides students with a plethora of opportunities to study issues pertaining to women and gender from a feminist perspective in universities throughout the world. Our minors have the opportunity to take elective courses on topics that would not be available to them at Boston College especially from a cross-cultural and trans-national feminist perspective. Study abroad courses enrich and enhance the overall liberal arts experience of a Boston College student. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program wholeheartedly joins and endorses the Office of International Programs in encouraging our minors to spend at least one semester studying abroad. If you would like a course taken overseas to count toward your Women's and Gender Studies minor, please contact our office at gender@bc.edu with a copy of the syllabus. Our Director will review the course content to determine if it can fulfill one of your Women’s and Gender Studies elective requirements.

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