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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Bachelor of Arts Core Program and Majors

Woods College of Advancing Studies

The Woods College of Advancing Studies offers the atmosphere of a small college within the environment of a large university. Students receive personal attention while enjoying access to the many resources of Boston College. The inclusive admission policy of the Woods College of Advancing Studies captures and embodies the spirit, the defining character of Boston College, where institutional aspirations are never allowed to overshadow the unique individuality of the learners who make up our local educational community. This presence sparks dynamic and interactive undergraduate learning opportunities. Bachelor of Arts degree program allows students to begin studying for an undergraduate degree or complete a degree initiated at other institutions.
 

Bachelor of Arts Core Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts program prepares students to address and master the challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world. A flexible, broad-based liberal arts curriculum which includes core requirements permits registrants to choose courses and programs of study reflecting individual interests and varied career objectives. The curriculum offers intensive work and a degree of disciplined mastery in a major area.

Degree Requirements:
A distinguishing characteristic of liberal arts education is a required core curriculum. The Bachelor of Arts programs require the following core courses:
•  3 English courses
•  3 Philosophy courses comprised of Logic, Ethics, and a
      Philosophy elective
•  3 Theology courses comprised of two sequential Theology
      courses and one Theology elective
•  2 Social Science courses
•  2 History courses
•  2 Language courses (Either spoken language OR foreign literature in translation)
•  1 Mathematics course
•  1 Natural Science course
•  1 Computer course
•  1 Fine Arts course
•  1 Public Speaking course

Degree candidates must fulfill all program requirements in addition to earning a minimum of 120 credits. Students are required to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.67 to be eligible to graduate.

Admission as a transfer student is also available. A minimum of sixty credits must be completed at Boston College to satisfy residency. A maximum of sixty credits may be transferred into a student’s program from regionally accredited institutions. Courses with an earned grade of C or better will be accepted in transfer; however, courses transferred from schools within Boston College may be accepted with grades of C- or better. A minimum of three semester hours is required for a transferred course to satisfy a program requirement.

For students in the degree program, the maximum course load is three per semester. Authorization for one additional course will be given only if a student has completed three courses, each with a grade of B or better, in the previous semester.

 

The Communication major provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the many ways that communication occurs in modern societies. Ranging in focus from interpersonal communication to the forms of mass communication employed by advertisers, political campaigns, and the media, the Communication major equips students to analyze information across all spheres of life. This major also helps students to develop their spoken and written communication skills.

Major Requirements
Survey of Mass Communication (ADCO 1020)
Introduction to Communication (ADCO 1005)
Persuasive Communication (ADCO 5041)
Principles of Advertising (ADBM 2235)
Research Methods for the Social Sciences (ADPS 1153)
Public Speaking (ADCO 1030)
Advanced Advertising (ADBM 3300)
Choose 2 Communication electives

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to bring theories of interpersonal, relationship, group, and organizational communication to bear on the analysis of social phenomena.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to bring theories of mass communication to bear on the analysis of the media.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to apply social scientific research methods to particular case studies.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to make informed ethical judgments concerning the role of mass communication in society.

 

Career Paths
Editor
Public Relations Specialist
Technical Writer
Reporter
Underwriter

The Corporate Systems major provides students with the practical and theoretical tools that they need in order to excel in the world of business. With an emphasis on skills such as financial analysis and computing, the Corporate Systems major also equips students to understand the inner workings of corporations and the economic forces shaping the global marketplace. Students graduate from the Corporate Systems major ready to step forward as socially responsible, ethically oriented business leaders.

Major Requirements
Research: Techniques and Processes (ADSY 1140)
Elementary Economic Statistics (ADEC 2500)
Collaborative Computing (ADIT 1349)
Introduction to Organizational Behavior (ADBM 1052)
Corporate Communication (ADBM 1430)
Principles of Economics: Micro (ADEC 1131)
Principles of Economics: Macro (ADEC 1132)
Business Ethics (ADBM 4300)
Accounting and Financial Analysis I (ADAC 5000)
Leadership and Innovation (ADSY 5001)

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to apply basic principles of data collection and analysis to particular research problems.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to skillfully use industry standard business software.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to bring major theories of management to bear on the analysis of organizational structure and dynamics.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively in letters, memos, email, reports, proposals, resumes, meetings, and presentations.
  • At the end of the program, students will be to apply principles of ethical decision making in a business context.

 

Career Paths
Financial Manager
Purchasing Manager
Human Resource Manager

The Criminal and Social Justice major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of criminality and criminal justice in modern society. Students are introduced to leading theories of criminality and explore the social, economic and psychological factors that underpin criminal behavior. At the same time, students gain an in-depth understanding of the political, legal, judicial, and law-enforcement institutions that control and punish criminal behavior.

Major Requirements
Introduction to Criminology (ADSC 1122)
Criminal Law (ADLA 3XXX)
Criminal Justice  (ADLA 3XXX)
Law and Society (ADSO 1365)
Select 1 course on Violence in Society (ADPS 1119 / ADPS 1202)
Select 1 course on Deviance (ADSO 1130 / ADSO 1121/ ADSO 1122)
Research Methods for the Social Sciences (ADPS 1153)

Select 2 additional ADLA (law) electives

Select 2 additional upper level sociology and/or psychology courses

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will understand the processes through which criminal laws are made and enforced.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to bring major theories of criminality to bear on the analysis of criminal behavior.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to apply social scientific research methods to particular case studies.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to articulate the ethical issues surrounding criminality and punishment.

 

Career Paths
Probation Officer
Police Officer
Correctional Officer
Law Student
Social Work Student

 

The Economics major offers students an in-depth understanding of economic activity in modern societies. Students learn how to analyze the behavior of individual consumers and business. At the same time, they learn to apply the concepts and models that economists use in order to understand the dynamics of the economy as a whole. This major is ideal for students who want to master the theoretical tools and practical skills that are central to our market-driven society.

Major Requirements
Principles of Economics: Micro (ADEC 1131)
Principles of Economics: Macro (ADEC 1132)
Macroeconomic Theory (ADEC 1202)
Microeconomic Theory (ADEC 1201)
Elementary Economic Statistics (ADEC 2500)

Choose 3 upper level Economics electives

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to bring theories of economic growth, unemployment, and inflation to bear on the analysis of particular case studies.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to characterize and distinguish between different market structures.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to relate models of consumer and firm behavior to particular case studies.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to bring different macroeconomic models to bear on the analysis of the national economy.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Students will gain insight into the moral dimension of economic policies and decision-making.

 

Career Paths
Banker
Business Manager
Market Researcher
Budget Analyst

The English major provides students with a deep immersion in American, British, and World literature and an opportunity to become outstanding writers and communicators. Students are introduced to major writings in English spanning several centuries, learning the narrative and stylistic techniques employed by classic writers of fiction and non-fiction. Simultaneously, they develop their own ability to craft clear, compelling, and original pieces of writing.

Major Requirements
College Writing or The Craft of Writing (ADEN 1054 / ADEN 1096)
Creative Writing (Fiction / Non-Fiction)
Select 2 Courses in British Literature
Select 2 Courses in American Literature
Select 1 Course in World Literature
Choose 4 additional English electives

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to write at an advanced level.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to distinguish between and characterize different periods in American and British literature.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to interpret literature through the lens of class, race, gender, and historical context.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to criticize works of literature in a thoughtful and responsible way.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to imaginatively inhabit the perspectives of others.

 

Career Paths
Journalist
Speech Writer
Grant Writer
Development Officer
Research Analyst
Copy Editor
Copywriter
Public Relations Officer

As History majors, students are introduced to important areas of historical research and schools of thought. Following a curriculum that encompasses European, American, pre-modern, and non-Western history, students learn to apply the tools and concepts of historical inquiry and to communicate the results of their research clearly and effectively. This major is ideal for students who are eager to deepen their understanding of the present through an immersion in the events and cultures of the past.

Major Requirements
Modern History I (ADHS 1081)
Modern History II (ADHS 1092)
American History (select 2 courses)
Pre-Modern History Course
Asian, African, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History Course
Select 4 History Electives

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to bring historical research methods and principles of interpretation to bear on research problems.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to distinguish between and characterize distinct significant events and periods in American, European, and non-Western history.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to apply an ethical framework to the interpretation of historical events.

 

Career Paths
Educator in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Researcher in Historical Organizations
Archivist
Records Manager
Law student

The Information Systems and Technology major emphasizes technical and theoretical issues in information technology. Beginning with an immersion in the basic tools and concepts of computing, students move on to examine programming, up-to-the-minute computer and web-based applications, and advanced topics in software and hardware development. Students in this major learn to apply their information technology expertise within organizations.

Major Requirements
Information Systems Applications (ADIT 1348)
Project Management (ADIT 3XXX)
Introduction to Programming (ADIT 1350)
Computer Security (ADIT 2000)
Collaborative Computing (ADIT 1349)
Systems Architecture (ADIT XXXX)
Choose 4 courses in Information Systems/Technology

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to program simple computer applications.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to employ software and technology related to computer security.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to bring ethical principles to bear on the issue of the role of technology in human life.

 

Career Paths
Database Administrator
Information Systems Manager
IT consultant
Systems Developer
Network Engineer

*Please note: Due to the structure of the Natural Science major at the Woods College of Advancing Studies, it is important to note that most of the required major courses will need to be taken in the summer session. Summer courses are offered in an intensive format and have a higher tuition.

The Natural Sciences major is designed to give students a comprehensive overview of the three main branches of natural scientific inquiry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Students take introductory courses in all three areas and then have the opportunity to pursue more advanced courses within the area that interests them the most. This major is ideal for students who want to understand how the natural world works and who are interested in learning how different branches of natural science approach the task of explaining the world.

Major Requirements
BIOL 2010 (Ecology and Evolution) with BIOL 2100 (Lab)
BIOL 2000 (Molecules and Cells) with BIOL 2110 (Lab)
CHEM 1109 (General Chem I) with CHEM 1111 (Lab)
CHEM 1110 (General Chem II) with CHEM 1112 (Lab)
PHYS 2200 or 210001 & PHYS 2050 (Intro Physics I & Lab)
PHYS 2201 or 2101 & PHYS 2051 (Intro Physics II & Lab)
Choose three elective courses within one field of study          

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to apply foundational knowledge in biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will have the capacity to engage in meaningful, constructive exchanges with others.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to design scientific research projects that respect that ethical boundaries involved in the study of living organisms.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to identify the ethical issues surrounding the use of natural resources.

 

Career Paths
Biological Technician
Meteorologist
Agricultural and Food Scientist
Environmental Scientists and Technician
Microbiologist
Zoologist
Wildlife Biologist
High School Teacher

Students in the Philosophy major learn to address fundamental questions about knowledge, goodness, and the nature of human experience in a clear, systematic fashion. With a curriculum anchored in the great works of antiquity and the Enlightenment, the Philosophy major introduces students to all of the major fields of philosophical inquiry, including political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of science. This major is ideal for students who seek to understand the world around them at its deepest level and to sharpen their critical and analytical skills in the process.

Major Requirements
Ethics (ADPL 1500)
Logic (ADPL 1252)
History of Philosophy I: Ancient/Medieval (ADPL XXXX)
History of Philosophy II: Modern Contemporary (ADPL XXXX)
Philosophy and the Arts (ADPL 1498 and ADPL 1275)
Philosophy of Religion (ADPL XXXX)
Philosophy of Science (ADPL 3500)
Philosophy of Human Experience (ADPL 2500)
Social and Political Philosophy (ADPL XXXX)
Philosophy of Love and Sexuality (ADPL 1483)

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to analyze ethical problems from a variety of philosophical standpoints.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to evaluate arguments using the tools of practical logic.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will have the capacity to engage in meaningful, constructive exchanges with others.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to engage critically and analytically with the information that they encounter in different spheres of life.

 

Career Paths
Paralegal
Nonprofit Administrator
Journalist
Writer
Educator
Law Student

The Political Science major trains students to analyze political processes and institutions from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Building on a foundation of basic political concepts and research methods, students learn how to interpret events in American political life, how to think about the American political system in relation to political systems in other countries, how to understand the relations between states, and how to think about the role of gender in politics. Students graduate from this major with well developed analytical and communication skills and with a strong grasp of the intricacies of political life.

Major Requirements
Fundamental Concepts of Politics (ADPO 1041)
Social and Political Philosophy (ADPL XXXX)
Select 2 Courses in American Politics
Comparative Politics (ADPO XXXX)
International Relations (ADPO XXXX)
Research Methods for the Social Sciences (ADPS 1153)
Gender Politics (ADPO XXXX)
Law and Morality (ADPL 3540)
Select 2 upper level Political Science and/or Law (ADLA) electives

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to compare and contrast the American system of government with other forms of government.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to apply the principles of international relation theory to the analysis of current events.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to apply a sophisticated understanding of race, class, and gender to the analysis of contemporary political phenomena.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will have the capacity to engage in meaningful, constructive exchanges with others.

 

Career Paths
Public Policy
Campaign Worker
City Manager
Lobbyist
Foreign Service Office
Paralegal
Law Student

The Psychology major is ideal for students who seek a comprehensive understanding of individual and group behavior. Students in this major learn to analyze human behavior from the vantage point of personality, developmental history, biology, and social context. They are also introduced to the theory and practice of psychological counseling.

Major Requirements
Introduction to Psychology (ADPS 1000)
Research Methods for the Social Sciences (ADPS 1153)
Select Course in Biological Psychology
Social Psychology (ADPS 1218)
Personality Theories (ADPS 1010)
Developmental Psychology (ADPS 1260)
Counseling Theories and Interventions (3XXX)
Abnormal Psychology (ADPS 1139)
Select 4 Psychology Electives

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to apply basic principles of development and biological psychology in the analysis of particular case studies.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to design research projects that respect the ethical boundaries involved in the study of human beings.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will have the capacity to engage in meaningful, constructive exchanges with others.

 

Career Paths
Community Service Manager
Health Educator
Market Research Analyst
Social Services Advocate
Case Manager in Human Services

The Social Science major gives students the opportunity to analyze contemporary society from a variety of social scientific perspectives. Students in this major choose courses from within Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. This major is an excellent choice for students who seek a comprehensive, multi-faceted understanding of our rapidly changing social landscape.

Major Requirements

Choose courses within Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology in consultation with advisor

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will understand the relationship between different fields of social scientific inquiry and will be able to address research problems using an interdisciplinary approach.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will have the capacity to engage in meaningful, constructive exchanges with others.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to design research projects that respect the ethical boundaries involved in the study of human beings.

 

Career Paths
Teacher
Marketing Manager
Education Administrator
Human Resource Workers
Development Officer
Residential Counselor
Social Work Student

The Sociology major is ideal for students who seek to understand the complexities of behavior and interaction in modern societies. Students in this major are exposed to the classical sociological theories and learn to apply these theories in the analysis of social phenomena. They learn to think about social phenomena in terms of social categories such as class, race, gender, education, and age. At the same time, students learn how to conduct their own original sociological research. They are given a solid grounding in both the quantitative and qualitative methods that sociologists employ in order to make sense of the social world.

Major Requirements
Introductory Sociology (ADSO 1001)
Sociological Theories (ADSO 2501)
Research Methods for the Social Sciences (ADPS 1153)
Qualitative Methods (ADSO XXXX)
Class, Power, and Social Change (ADSO 1151)
Choose three upper level Sociology courses
Choose two upper level Political Science and/or Psychology electives

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to analyze social phenomena from the perspective of classical and contemporary sociology.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to apply a sophisticated understanding of race, class, and gender to the analysis of contemporary social phenomena.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to design research projects that respect the ethical boundaries involved in the study of human beings.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will have the capacity to engage in meaningful, constructive exchanges with others.

 

Career Paths
Social Worker Student
Criminologist
High School Teacher
Policy Analyst
Demographer
Survey Researcher
Statistician

Theology is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a reasoned reflection on their own values, faith, and tradition, as well as on the religious forces that shape our society and world. As a broad liberal arts discipline, theology encourages and guides inquiries into life’s most meaningful issues from diverse perspectives such as ethics, Biblical studies, history, psychology, social studies, philosophy, and comparative religion. There is a strong, although not exclusive, emphasis on Christianity, especially as manifested in the Roman Catholic tradition.

Major Requirements
Catholic Crisis Points I (ADTH 3000)
Catholic Crisis Points II (ADTH 3010)
Foundations of Theology (ADTH XXXX)
Moral Theology (ADTH XXXX)
Systematic Theology (ADTH XXXX)
Biblical Heritage I (ADTH 1001)
Biblical Heritage II (ADTH 1002)
Liturgy and the Sacraments (ADTH XXXX)
History of Theology (ADTH XXXX)

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Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the program, students will be able to characterize and differentiate between different periods in the history of the Catholic Church.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to analyze theological issues from number of different theological perspectives.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to apply the basic concepts of Christian theology in the analysis of ethical problems.
  • At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • At the end of the program, students will have the capacity to engage in meaningful, constructive exchanges with others.

 

Career Paths
Youth Worker
Church/Religious Leader/Administrator
Nonprofit or Charity Administrator
Missionary
Educator