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Carroll School of Management (CSOM) students seeking MCAS 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.

 

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Courses taken abroad can count as AADS electives, particularly classes whose topics and approaches complement those taught through the program. 

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American Studies allows one course per semester abroad to count towards the minor.

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Biology majors are encouraged to study abroad, but 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.

Biology majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. For students who plan ahead, it may be possible to study abroad for an entire academic year, but students must be in early contact with the Director or Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements, and to ensure that they will have a strong Biology background for study abroad.At a minimum, all Biology majors should take the following courses prior to study abroad:4 Biology courses4 Chemistry coursesCalculus
 It is essential for all Biology majors to meet with their departmental advisor before studying abroad. Prior to this meeting, students should obtain their degree audits and map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.

The ideal type of course is one that fits with the Biology major. Courses that focus on the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended. To receive major credit for courses taken abroad, students must provide a course syllabus and obtain approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students are advised to obtain preliminary approval via email and a course approval form before going abroad. Upon students’ return, they should submit a syllabus and Course Substitution Form to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for final approval. Biology students should remember that the department allows a maximum of one course to be taken outside of the department with departmental approval, including study-abroad courses. Students going abroad for an entire year can take a maximum of two courses outside of the department with departmental approval.

All Honors thesis work is dependent on undergraduate research. Undergraduate research done in a BC faculty research laboratory is typically a two year commitment. Therefore, students wishing to go abroad should carefully plan their course of study with their academic advisor.

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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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Chemistry majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. It is imperative that students plan ahead and be in early contact with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Various BC summer programs are also offered every year in which students may participate as early as the summer after freshman year, and as late as the summer after senior year.

Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements and to ensure that they will have a strong chemistry background for study abroad.

All Chemistry majors should take the following courses prior to study abroad:

General Chemistry, CHEM1109-1110 or CHEM1117-1118 and lab
Organic Chemistry, CHEM2231-2232 or CHEM2241-2242 and lab
Analytical Chemistry, CHEM3351 and lab
Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM222 and lab
Calculus, MATH1T102-1103 and MATH2202
Physics, PHYS2200-2201 and lab

Exceptions must be approved by the department.

All Chemistry majors must meet with their academic advisor as early in their sophomore year as possible in order to plan for studying abroad.

Even if students have already met the BC language requirement, they are strongly encouraged to study abroad in a foreign language destination. However, the department does not recommend that students take chemistry courses in a foreign language.

For students who do not have language skills, there are several prestigious BC programs in non-English speaking countries that offer excellent courses in English.

The ideal type of course is one that fits with the English major but is not available at BC. Courses that focus on the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.

To receive major credit for courses taken abroad, students must provide a course syllabus and obtain approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies if a course is not pre-approved.

English students should remember that the department allows a maximum of two courses to be taken abroad per semester and four courses per academic year with department approval.

Students who are planning to participate in independent research are strongly urged to plan ahead. Students are advised to identify a BC faculty member willing to supervise their research and to explore how study abroad will impact their ability to participate in research.

Credit for research completed abroad must be pre-approved by the department.

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Classical Studies majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. For students who plan ahead, it may be possible to study abroad for an entire academic year, but students must be in early contact with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements, and to ensure that they will have a strong Classical Studies background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow students to take advantage of the best offerings at the host institution, including upper-level seminars.

Ideally, all Classical Studies majors should take at least one advanced language course before studying abroad.

All Classical Studies majors must meet with their departmental advisor before studying abroad. Prior to this meeting, students should obtain their degree audits and map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.

The ideal type of course is one that fits with the Classical Studies major but is not available at BC. Courses that focus on the material culture of the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.

To receive major credit for courses taken abroad, students must provide a course syllabus and obtain approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Kendra Eshleman.

Classical Studies students should remember that the department must approve the number of courses to be taken abroad.

In recent years, many students have used their experiences abroad to help generate or supplement a compelling thesis. For some Classical Studies majors who already have a topic in mind, studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to conduct on-site research and establish contact with faculty at the host institution. All students are strongly encouraged to think about how their semester or year abroad can be integrated into a thesis.

Students who are planning to do a thesis are strongly urged to plan ahead. Students are advised to think about a thesis topic, identify a BC faculty member willing to supervise their work, and maintain e-mail contact with their thesis advisor while abroad. Students should discuss whether or not they need to take a specific course while abroad.

 

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The department recommends that students study abroad in the spring semester of the junior year. Students may study abroad during the fall semester with department approval.

Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements and the core Communication courses:

  • COMM 1010 Rhetorical Tradition
  • COMM 1020 Survey of Mass Communication
  • COMM 1030 Public Speaking
  • COMM 1040 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 3330 or COMM 3340 Communication Methods
     

It is strongly recommended that four of the five required Communication core courses should be taken prior to studying abroad. Communication majors must complete seven courses for the major by the end of their junior year. Two of these seven can be taken abroad for major elective credit with department approval. Communication majors should have no more than four major courses to complete in their senior year.

Communication majors should possess a strong communication background prior to studying abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow students to take advantage of the best offerings at the host institution, including upper-level seminars.

Many Communication courses abroad will be embedded in different disciplines, such as journalism, political science, and media and technology studies. Courses that focus on the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.

Communication majors may take up to two major elective courses while abroad with department approval. Students participating in a BC partnership program may enroll in the online course, CO 485 Advanced Intercultural Communication, while abroad. Interested students must receive permission of Dr. Lisa Cuklanz and the appropriate OGE Advisor.

For students who are planning to do an honors thesis, it is advisable to identify a potential topic and potential supervisor prior to studying abroad. Students should then keep in touch with their thesis supervisor while abroad. Students should contact Prof. Celeste Wells for more information.

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Computer Science majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. For students who plan ahead, it may be possible to study abroad for an entire academic year, but students must be in early contact with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements, and to ensure that they will have a strong computer science background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow students to take advantage of the best offerings at the host institution, including upper-level seminars.

Ideally, all Computer Science majors (BA and BS) should have taken:

  • CSCI 1101: Computer Science 1
    or CSCI 1103: Computer Science 1 Honors
  • CSCI 1102: Computer Science 2
  • CSCI 2244: Randomness and Computing
  • CSCI 2243: Logic and Computation
  • CSCI 3383: Algorithms
  • CSCI 2272: Computer Organization
  • CSCI 2271: Computer Systems
     

For BS Computer Science majors, please refer to the above list and also take the following courses before studying abroad:

  • CSCI 2267: Technology and Culture
  • CSCI 3372: Computer Architecture
     

All Computer Science majors must meet with their departmental advisor before studying abroad. Prior to this meeting, students should obtain their degree audits and map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.

Students are encouraged to select several computer science classes abroad in case courses are canceled or have limited enrollment. All courses should be approved prior to studying abroad. Specific courses must be approved in the departments responsible for those courses (i.e. Computer science courses must be approved by the computer science department, math courses must be approved by the math department, etc.).

The ideal type of course is one that fits with the computer science major but is not available at BC. For example, students are encouraged to take courses involving a research area not offered in the BC Computer Science department. Students can also choose humanities courses for elective credit, or fulfill university requirements as long as they plan ahead.

To receive major credit for courses taken abroad, students must provide a course syllabus and obtain approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Typically, classes reflecting another research area will count as 3000-level computer science electives.

Computer Science students should note that the department allows a maximum of three courses to be taken abroad, with department approval.

 

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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 Global Education in encouraging its undergraduate students to spend at least one semester studying abroad.

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Gretchen Rowley

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                      617-552-3670                    rowleygr@bc.edu

 

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..

English majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. For students who plan ahead, it may be possible to study abroad for an entire academic year, but students must be in early contact with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students in the Creative Writing concentration are not encouraged to study abroad for a full year, due to the curricular requirements of the concentration.

Beyond the BC language requirement, there are options to study abroad in the target language. Students would need to have strong language skills in order to directly enroll in literature courses. Those courses can count toward the English major.

There are several prestigious BC programs in English speaking countries that offer excellent courses in English. Students are encouraged to speak with their faculty advisor and International Study Advisor in order to determine the best fit for their interests.

Early planning is essential to ensure that students will meet all BC requirements and that they will have a strong English background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow students to take advantage of the best offerings at the host institution, including upper-level seminars.At a minimum, all English majors should take the following courses prior to study abroad:

  • ENGL1131: Studies in Poetry
  • ENGL1133: Studies in Narrative 

 

All English majors must meet with their departmental advisor before studying abroad. With their faculty advisor, students will map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.

The ideal type of course is one that fits with the English major but is not available at BC. Courses that focus on the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.

To receive major credit for courses taken abroad, students must provide a course syllabus and obtain approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies if a course is not pre-approved.

English students should remember that the department allows a maximum of two courses to be taken abroad per semester and four courses per academic year with department approval.

In recent years, many students have used their experiences abroad to help generate or supplement a compelling honors thesis. For some English majors who already have a topic in mind, studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to conduct on-site research and establish contact with faculty at the host institution. All students are strongly encouraged to think about how their semester or year abroad can be integrated into an honors thesis.
Students who are planning to do an honors thesis are strongly urged to plan ahead. Students are advised to establish a thesis topic and identify a BC faculty member willing to supervise their work before departing and to maintain e-mail contact with their thesis advisor while abroad. Students should discuss whether or not they need to take a specific course while abroad.

For students studying abroad in the spring semester of their junior year, the honors thesis proposal is due in September of their senior year. However, those students must be in contact with Professor Andrew Sofer, director of the program during the spring.

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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.

German Studies majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. For students who plan ahead, we encourage you to study abroad for an entire academic year. Students must be in contact with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Office of Global Education by the beginning of their sophomore year.

Yes! Students who have already met the BC language requirement are strongly encouraged to study abroad in a foreign language destination. Students who already have strong language skills can select a program where they will take all courses in German, such as Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Courses in humanities are offered at the Eichstätt campus, while courses in business are offered at the Ingolstadt campus.

Students who have beginning or intermediate German language skills can select a program that combines regular courses in English with language courses, such as the external program, the Berlin European Studies Program of Freie Universität Berlin (FU-BEST).

There are multiple opportunities for CSOM students to pursue a German Studies major or minor abroad. The Ingolstadt campus at Catholic University offers courses in business and management.

Early planning is essential to ensure that students will meet all BC requirements and that they will have a strong German Studies background for study abroad. At a minimum, German Studies majors and minors should complete Intermediate German II, or demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level. German Studies majors and minors must meet with their departmental advisor before studying abroad. Prior to this meeting, students should obtain their degree audits and map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.

Courses that focus on the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.

All students studying in Germany should enroll in an early intensive German course prior to the beginning of the semester, as well as a semester-long German language course. In addition, students are free to take courses in any discipline that are taught in German.

To receive major or minor credit for courses taken abroad, students must ensure that the course’s language of instruction is German. For courses not on the pre-approved list, students must provide a course syllabus and obtain approval from the departmental contact for course approvals.

An honors thesis is often a crucial step toward a successful Fulbright or DAAD fellowship. Therefore, all students are encouraged to consider the option of writing a thesis. Before going abroad, students can identify an area of interest, or even a topic, and discuss ideas with potential faculty thesis advisors. While abroad, students should stay in touch with BC faculty via email, look for ways to develop a compelling thesis topic, conduct on-site research, and establish contact with faculty at their host institutions. These contacts are one of the most important components of applications for prestigious post-BA awards.

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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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The Boston College History Department believes that many students profit greatly from spending part or all of their junior year abroad. OGE 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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Many international programs provide courses on topics that may not be available at Boston College and students are urged to seek out these opportunities. 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 Global Education in strongly recommending study abroad for all international studies majors.

International Studies majors and minors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. For students who plan ahead, it may be possible to study abroad for an entire academic year, but students must be in early contact with the Program Administrator.

Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements, and to ensure that they will have a strong international studies background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow students to take advantage of the best offerings at the host institution, including upper-level seminars.

At a minimum, students should take one or both of the basic courses in Economics (ECON1131 Principles of Economics I: Micro and ECON1132 Principles of Economics II: Macro). These courses will fulfill core requirements for the International Studies major as well as social science requirements of the university core. Students should also consider taking at least one of their track requirements (whether in Economics, Political Science, Ethics and International Social Justice, or Global Cultural Studies).

Students may also consider taking one of the following two-semester courses in Theology or History, which fulfill the History, Culture, and Society core requirement of the International Studies major as well as university core requirements in Theology or History:

  • HIST1005-1006 Asia in the World I and II
  • HIST1019-1020 Democracy, Rights and Empire
  • HIST1055-1056 Globalization I and II (HIST1077/78, 1083/84, 1087/88)
  • HIST1059-1060 Islam and Global Modernities I and II
  • HIST1063-1064 Latin America in the World I and II
  • THEO1161-1162 The Religious Quest

 

 International Studies majors must meet with their academic advisor before studying abroad. Prior to this meeting, students should obtain their degree audits (on Agora) and map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.

Courses that focus on the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.

To receive major credit for courses taken abroad, students must obtain prior approval from the Program Administrator of the International Studies Program Patricia McLaughlin, by providing a course syllabus and indicating which major requirement is being fulfilled.

In recent years, many students have used their experiences abroad to help generate or supplement a compelling honors thesis. For students who already have a topic in mind, studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to conduct on-site research and establish contact with faculty at the host institution. All students are strongly encouraged to think about how their semester or year abroad can be integrated into an honors thesis.

It is imperative for students doing an honors thesis to plan ahead. Such students are strongly urged to go abroad in the fall. Students are advised to complete their Methodology course, establish a thesis topic, and contact the Thesis Coordinator before departing.

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Patricia McLaughlin

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

 

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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.

Mathematics majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. Bachelor of Science candidates considering a semester abroad face a significant disruption of their program and should consult the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs. For students who plan ahead, it may be possible to study abroad for an entire academic year, but students must be in early contact with the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs.

Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements, and to ensure that they will have a strong mathematics background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow students to take advantage of the best offerings at the host institution, including upper-level seminars.

At a minimum, all Mathematics majors should take the following courses prior to study abroad:

  • MATH 2202 or MATH 2203
  • MATH 2210 or MATH 2211
  • MATH 2216

Bachelor of Arts candidates should also complete at least one of MATH3310 or MATH3320.

Bachelor of Science candidates need to speak to the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs.

All Mathematics majors must meet with their departmental advisor before studying abroad. Prior to this meeting, students should obtain their degree audits and map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.

Courses that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.
To receive major credit for courses taken abroad, students must provide a course syllabus and obtain approval from the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs, unless those courses are on the pre-approved course list.

Mathematics students should remember that the department allows a maximum of two courses to be taken abroad with department approval.

For some mathematics majors who already have a topic in mind, studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to conduct on-site research and establish contact with faculty at the host institution.

Students who are planning to do an honors thesis are strongly urged to plan ahead. Students are advised to establish a thesis topic and identify a BC faculty member willing to supervise their work before departing and to maintain e-mail contact with their thesis advisor while abroad. Students should discuss whether or not they need to take a specific course while abroad.

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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 that Boston College seeks for its students. The Philosophy faculty wholeheartedly joins the Office of Global Education in encouraging its undergraduate students to spend at least one semester studying abroad.

Philosophy students are eligible to study abroad during the fall or spring semester of the junior year, or the fall semester of the senior year. For students who have been diligent in their academic planning, it is possible to study abroad for an entire academic year.

Early planning is essential to make sure that you will meet your BC requirements, and to ensure that you will have a strong philosophy background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow you to take advantage of the best offerings at your host institution, including upper-level seminars.
Philosophy majors and minors are required to take all of their philosophy core course requirements and at least two philosophy electives (6 credits) before studying abroad.
Students should talk to their academic advisor about the courses they plan to take abroad as well as the courses they plan to take upon returning to BC.

The ideal types of courses are those that fit with the philosophy major or minor but are not available at BC. Courses to look for are those that focus on the region or country in which you are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department.
Philosophy majors in A&S can take up to 2 electives (6 credits) required toward their major each semester abroad with department approval. Philosophy minors can take 1 elective (3 credits) with department approval.

If you are planning to do an honors thesis, you are strongly advised to identify a potential thesis topic and faculty supervisor prior to studying abroad. While abroad, you should maintain contact with your supervisor.

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Paula Perry

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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.

Political Science majors can study abroad in the fall or spring semesters of their junior year. Some of the strongest programs for political science are full year programs, which are compatible with the major but require early planning.

Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements, and to ensure that they will have a strong Political Science background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow students to take advantage of the best offerings at the host institution, including upper-level seminars.

Before going abroad, Political Science majors must complete the major’s two introductory course requirements. In addition, students are also strongly encouraged to have completed two courses in their major prior to study abroad. Political Science students should have a 3.2 GPA in their major to be approved for study abroad.

The ideal type of course is one that fits with the Political Science major but is not available at BC. Courses that focus on the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.
No more than two courses are accepted toward the major during a single semester abroad. For students studying abroad for the entire year, a maximum of four courses may be accepted. These are counted as elective credits only, and cannot be applied toward the department’s requirement that all majors take at least one course in each of the Political Science subfields.
Students must receive department approval on courses before taking them abroad. The department reserves the right to reject courses taken abroad if they do not meet department standards.

Students planning to do a senior thesis in the Political Science Honors Program need to contact Prof. Michael Hartney. Students should keep in touch with their advisor while abroad. Students planning to do a senior thesis in the Arts & Sciences Honors Program need to contact the Director of the A&S Honors Program. Students should keep in touch with their advisor while abroad.

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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 and Neuroscience 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.

Psychology and Neuroscience majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. For students who plan ahead, it may be possible to study abroad for an entire academic year, but students must be in early contact with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements, and to ensure that they will have a strong psychology background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow students to take advantage of the best offerings at the host institution, including upper-level seminars.

The Psychology and Neuroscience Department offers three majors: the Psychology Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major, the Psychology Bachelor of Science (B.S.) major, and the Neuroscience Bachelor of Science (B.S.) major. At a minimum, students should take the following courses prior to study abroad:

Psychology majors 

  • PSYC 1110 Introduction to Brain, Mind, and Behavior (formerly Intro to Psychology as a Natural Science)
  • PSYC 1111 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
  • PSYC 1120 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics and Research I
  • PSYC 1121 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics and Research II

Neuroscience majors

  • PSYC1110 Introduction to Brain, Mind, and Behavior (formerlyPSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science)
  • BIOL2000 Molecules and Cells
  • CHEM1109 General Chemistry I with lab
  • CHEM1110 General Chemistry II with lab
  • MATH1100 Calculus I or MATH1102 Calculus I (Math and Science Majors)
  • PSYC1120 Behavioral Statistics (or one of the equivalent courses listed)

In addition to these courses, Psychology B.S. majors should be in good standing with their natural science requirements. It is recommended that B.S. majors have completed a minimum of two biology courses, two chemistry courses, and two math courses before studying abroad.

All Psychology and Neuroscience majors must meet with their departmental advisor before studying abroad. Prior to this meeting, students should obtain their degree audits and map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.

The ideal type of course is one that fits with the psychology major but is not available at BC. Courses that focus on the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.

To receive major credit for courses taken abroad, students must provide a course syllabus and obtain approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. It is imperative for students to obtain approval before enrolling in the course.

Psychology students should remember that the department allows a maximum of three courses to be taken outside of the department with department approval. Study abroad courses are considered outside of the department (along with courses taken within other BC schools – e.g. the Lynch School of Education).

Students who are planning to do an honors thesis are strongly urged to plan ahead. Students are advised to establish a thesis topic and identify a BC faculty member willing to supervise their work before departing and to maintain e-mail contact with their thesis advisor while abroad. Students should discuss whether or not they need to take a specific course while abroad.

In recent years, many students have used their experiences abroad to help generate or supplement a compelling honors thesis. For some Psychology majors who already have a topic in mind, studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to conduct on-site research and establish contact with faculty at the host institution. All students are strongly encouraged to think about how their semester or year abroad can be integrated into an honors thesis.

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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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Rafael Luna

Director of Pre-Health Programs
                                                         617-552-9259                rafael.luna@bc.edu

 

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 (Chinese) 
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   Course Approvals (Russian and Slavic Studies) 

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.

Sociology majors are welcome to study abroad in the fall or spring of their junior year. For students who have been diligent in their academic planning, it is possible to study abroad for an entire academic year.

Although not required for the Sociology program, advanced language proficiency is strongly encouraged for all Sociology majors. The ability to converse in another language beyond the intermediate level is invaluable for future graduate study or any career