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Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts

A well-balanced bachelor's degree program in which students choose two concentrations from the following options: Art History, Economics, English, Gender Studies, History, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and Psychology.

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A Highly Customizable Program of Study

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, offered through UMass Lowell's College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in collaboration with the Division of Online and Continuing Education, provides students with a well-balanced Liberal Arts curriculum. Students can customize their program by selecting two of the following concentration areas: Art History, Economics, English, Gender Studies, History, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and Psychology.

The convenience and flexibility of the Liberal Arts program make it an ideal choice for working adults, transfer students, and for students whose education plans were previously interrupted.

Sandra B.
BLA Graduate I was able to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts by taking a combination of UMass Lowell's online and on-campus courses. The advisors were extremely helpful and the flexibility of the program enabled me to complete the degree at a comfortable pace.

Concentration Areas

Choose two of the concentration areas below. Take 6 courses from each of your two concentrations (36 credits total). At least three of your courses from each concentration area must be taken at the 3000/4000 level (example: ENGL.3xxx or ENGL.4xxx). Several concentrations specify particular courses that must be taken within the concentration; courses marked with an asterisk below are required for these concentrations.

Need help choosing courses? Contact Cathy Hamilton at 978-934-2474 or Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu for assistance.

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Art History Concentration

The Art History concentration creates visually literate students with a fundamental understanding of the historical development of art in societies and cultures around the world. Students will further develop the ability to organize their perceptions and thoughts about artwork so that they can provide a well-informed analysis that honors the historical and cultural context of the artwork.

Some of the courses that may be counted toward the Art History concentration include:

*Required courses for this concentration.

A more comprehensive list of Art History electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website (look for courses with the ARHI.xxxx course prefix).

Economics Concentration

The Economics concentration provides students with a deep understanding of economic principles and their relationship with commerce, production and the exchange of products and services. Students will learn how changes to business practices and international policy can affect the economy as businesses and countries struggle to remain agile in a competitive global marketplace.

Some of the courses that may be included in the Economics concentration are:

*Required courses for this concentration.

A more comprehensive list of Economics electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website (look for courses with the ECON.xxxx course prefix).

English Concentration

The English concentration provides students with a comprehensive foundation in English, from learning how to write and present information in a factual and engaging manner, to studying classic and contemporary works of English and American literature. Graduates of the program pursue careers in fields that draw upon their professional writing talents including journalism, marketing, publishing, communications, management, theatre arts, filmmaking, politics, government and the law.

Some of the courses that may be counted toward the English concentration include:

A more comprehensive list of English electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website (look for courses with the ENGL.xxxx course prefix).

Gender Studies Concentration

There is a growing demand in the workforce for experts and professional consultants on gender issues. The Gender Studies Concentration explores the history of women in societies throughout the world, providing students with an understanding of how social and cultural influences have shaped the lives and roles of women throughout history.

The Gender Studies concentration features courses from multiple departments, and some of these specific courses are also listed within the requirements of other concentration areas; however, these courses may only be counted once toward one of your two concentrations.

Some of the courses that may be counted toward the Gender Studies concentration include:

History Concentration

The History concentration provides students with a deep understanding of world history and the impact historical events have had on the world in which we live today. Courses in this concentration provide students with practical experiences in research, analysis, writing, presentation, theory and critical thinking.

Some of the courses that may be included in the History concentration are:

A more comprehensive list of History electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website (look for courses with the HIST.xxxx course prefix).

The Legal Studies concentration enables students to gain a broad-based understanding of legal practices while they work towards a solid foundation in Liberal Arts. Students study a variety of legal topics including criminal and tort law, contract law, corporate law, family law, environmental law, racial discrimination and real estate law. Many of the courses in this concentration provide students with a preview of classes offered in law school.

Some of the courses that may be counted toward the Legal Studies concentration include:

A more comprehensive list of Legal Studies electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website (look for courses with the LGST.xxxx course prefix).

Philosophy Concentration

The Philosophy concentration prepares students to enter a variety of careers, including law, business, politics or the arts. The study of philosophy aims to sharpen critical thinking skills, develop written and oral communication, and produce an ability to think reflectively on one's values. Philosophy courses provide a broad grounding in the humanities, including the study of both Western and Eastern traditions.

Some of the courses that may be included in the Philosophy concentration are:

A more comprehensive list of Philosophy electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website (look for courses with the PHIL.xxxx course prefix).

Political Science Concentration

The Political Science concentration is designed to provide students with in-depth insight into the nature of politics and government on the local, state, national and international levels. Students develop a better understanding of the political process along with the ability to analyze political systems, relationships, and social issues affecting law, government, international policy, business and sports.

Some of the courses that may be counted toward the Political Science concentration include:

A more comprehensive list of Political Science electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website (look for courses with the POLI.xxxx course prefix).

Psychology Concentration

Courses in the Psychology concentration cover such topics as human development, the learning process, sexuality, the relationship between physiological and psychological processes, sensation and perception, cognitive processes, motivation and emotion, personality, behavioral disorders, and social behavior. Graduates of the program can pursue careers in psychology-related fields such as social work, mental healthcare, human services, counseling, market research and management. For those who wish to become a licensed psychologist, an advanced degree is typically required; however, this concentration provides an academic foundation that is conducive to further pursuit of an advanced degree in this field.

Some of the courses that may be counted toward the Psychology concentration include:

A more comprehensive list of Psychology electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website (look for courses with the PSYC.xxxx course prefix).

Curriculum Outline

Total Credits: 120-122

We generally recommend that first-year students take only 1 or 2 courses their first semester. Subsequent course loads may be determined by the student's own personal time constraints

University Core Curriculum (12 Required Courses / 36-38 credits)

Breadth of Knowledge Requirements

  • ----.---- Science with Lab Course (SCL) - 3-4cr.**
  • ----.---- Science with Lab Course (SCL )- 3-4cr.**
  • ----.---- STEM Course (STEM) - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Arts & Humanities Perspective (AH) - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Arts & Humanities Perspective (AH) - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Arts & Humanities Perspective (AH) - 3cr.

**Note: Some Science with Lab Perspective courses have a lab incorporated into a 3-credit course, while others require that a 1-credit lab be taken alongside a 3-credit course.

Essential Learning Outcomes

In addition to the above Breadth of Knowledge courses, you must fulfill all of the University's seven "Essential Learning Outcomes" (ELOs) as you progress through your degree program. The Essential Learning Outcomes and their abbreviations are:

  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA): Be a thoughtful, aware citizen of the global community.
  • Information Literacy (IL): Find, evaluate, and synthesize information effectively and persuasively.
  • Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE): Shape the world to improve life in your community and beyond.
  • Written and Oral Communication (WOC): Express ideas to professional peers with purpose and clarity.
  • Quantitative Literacy (QL): Be skilled in the many forms and varieties of numerical analysis.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS): Evaluate ideas and evidence rationally to produce and implement solutions.
  • Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL): Synthesize knowledge and abilities in meaningful practice.

Courses that fulfill the ELO requirement are coded with DCA, IL, SRE, WOC, QL, CTPS and AIL. TIP: Look for Breadth of Knowledge courses and courses required for your degree that offer more than one of these ELO designations, so you can conveniently complete these ELO requirements as you take your required courses.

See the list of Core Curriculum Courses currently available through Online and Continuing Education.

For additional information on the Core Curriculum requirement, visit https://www.uml.edu/Academics/undergraduate-programs/gened/Core-Curriculum/

Concentration Requirements (12 Courses / 36 credits)

Please refer to the concentration descriptions above to see if your concentration has any specifically required courses. Need help choosing courses? Email Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu or call Cathy Hamilton at 978-934-2474 for assistance.

Concentration I Required Courses (6 courses)

  • ----.---- Concentration I Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Concentration I Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Concentration I Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- 3000/4000 Concentration I Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- 3000/4000 Concentration I Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- 3000/4000 Concentration I Elective - 3cr.

Concentration II Required Courses (6 courses)

  • ----.---- Concentration II Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Concentration II Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Concentration II Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- 3000/4000 Concentration II Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- 3000/4000 Concentration II Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- 3000/4000 Concentration II Elective - 3cr.

Interdisciplinary Focus Requirement (2 courses / 6 credits)

Online BLA students must take two additional 3000/4000 level concentration courses (one in each of their two concentration areas) to meet the University's Interdisciplinary Focus Requirement. On-campus day students take FAHS.2130 and FAHS.4210 to fulfill this requirement.

  • ----.---- Additional 3000/4000 Concentration I Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Additional 3000/4000 Concentration II Elective - 3cr.

Foreign Language Requirement (4-5 Courses / 12-15 credits)

Choose either the World Languages Track (Option 1; 4 courses) or the World Ready Track (Option 2; 5 courses). All BLA students must declare which language requirement track they will pursue upon acceptance into the degree program by completing the Language Requirement FAHSS Form.

Option 1: World Languages Track (4 courses / 12cr)

Take 4 consecutive courses in a specific foreign language (e.g. Spanish 1 through 4 or French 1 through 4).

  • ----.---- Foreign Language Level 1 (3cr)
  • ----.---- Foreign Language Level 2 (3cr)
  • ----.---- Foreign Language Level 3 (3cr)
  • ----.---- Foreign Language Level 4 (3cr)

Option 2: World Ready Track (5 courses / 15cr)

Take 2 consecutive courses in a foreign language at a level above your current language proficiency AND take 3 "World Ready" courses, which are conducted in English and focus on the culture, civilization, philosophy, literature, history, politics of the region(s) in which the language you are studying is spoken. Approved courses will be listed with either "SPANISH" or "FRENCH" among their Core Curriculum Codes in our semester course listing. Please check with your advisor for assistance in selecting courses that will meet this requirement.

  • ----.---- Foreign Language Level 1 (3cr)
  • ----.---- Foreign Language Level 2 (3cr)
  • ----.---- World Ready Pre-Approved or Flex Course (3cr)
  • ----.---- World Ready Pre-Approved or Flex Course (3cr)
  • ----.---- World Ready Pre-Approved or Flex Course (3cr)
World Ready Pre-Approved Courses - French
  • ARHI.3230 Northern Renaissance Art (French)
  • ENGL.3411 International Cinema Studies: French New Wave Cinema (French)
  • HIST.3340 The French Revolution and Napoleon (French)
  • HIST.3380 War and Memory in Twentieth Century France (French)
  • WLFR.3760 French Cinema & Society (French)
World Ready Pre-Approved Courses - Spanish
  • ARHI.3350 Spanish Golden Age Art (Spanish)
  • HIST.2090 Colonial Latin America (Spanish)
  • HIST.2120 Modern Latin America (Spanish)
  • HIST.3490 The Cuban Revolution (Spanish)
  • PHIL.3880 Latin American Philosophy (Spanish)
  • POLI.3700 Latin American Politics (Spanish)
  • POLI.3720 Crime Security and Democracy in Latin America (Spanish)
  • SOCI.3520 Latinos in the US (Spanish)
  • WLSP.3750 Latin American and Spanish Cinema (Spanish)
  • WLSP.4045 Cervantes' Don Quijote in Translation (Spanish)
World Ready "Flex" Courses

To receive credit for World Ready Flex Courses, students must submit an Exception Form signed by the instructor by the end of the course acknowledging that the student completed substantive coursework related to their chosen language track. The following are examples of courses that have been approved as World Ready Flex courses in past semesters, however these courses were approved for specific semesters. Email your advisor for assistance when selecting World Ready Flex courses.

  • POLI.2150 African Politics (French - Fa'17)
  • ARHI.3350 Spanish Golden Age Art (Spanish)
  • HIST.3490 The Cuban Revolution (Spanish)
  • POLI.3700 Latin American Politics (Spanish)
  • POLI.3720 Crime Security and Democracy in Latin America (Spanish)
  • WLSP.3750 Latin American and Spanish Cinema (Spanish)

For additional details on the foreign language requirements, visit the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences website at https://www.uml.edu/FAHSS/Languages-Cultures/Language-Requirement.aspx.

Free Electives (10 courses / 30 credits)

  • ----.---- Free Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Free Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Free Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Free Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Free Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Free Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Free Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Free Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Free Elective - 3cr.
  • ----.---- Free Elective - 3cr.

Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to earn a minimum 2.20 cumulative grade point average (GPA), to present a minimum of 120 semester hours, to fulfill the residency requirements, to conform to the general regulations and requirements of the University, to satisfy the regulations and academic standards of the colleges which exercise jurisdiction over the degrees for which they are matriculating, to satisfy the curriculum requirements established by the departments or programs in their major, and to complete the University's Core Curriculum requirements, which are listed within the program's curriculum outline. For additional information regarding the University's general policies and procedures, transfer credit information and residency requirements; please refer to our Academic Policies & Procedures.

The Benefits of Learning Online with UMass Lowell

The University has built a solid reputation by offering one of the largest selections of online programs available through a traditional university. Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields, and by adjunct faculty who, as practicing professionals, bring real-world experience to the online class discussions.

At UMass Lowell, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, affordable online programs that make earning your degree or certificate more convenient than ever before. Our students have access to online course technical support 24X7, and our academic advisors and program coordinators are happy to help you with your questions.

Course Descriptions

ARHI.1010 Art Appreciation

The course introduces the student to the technical, aesthetic and historical aspects of architecture, sculpture, and painting. An analysis of the visual elements used in fine arts such as color, line, shape, texture, and principles of design are developed through slide lectures, museum visits and assigned readings. In addition, students investigate the purposes of art and visual communication and develop a heightened sense of critical thinking that allows them to investigate successfully different modes of representation, styles and media in a multicultural society. 3 credits. AE, CD, HSA

ARHI.1050 Comparative Arts

This course studies the aesthetic, artistic and intellectual similarities between art history and music history. Discussion of the arts focuses on the development in examining the human creativity and expression through the arts: from ancient times as art and morality followed in the Renaissance as art and sciences continued in the Enlightenment as art and society contrasted in the nineteenth century as art and entertainment. Furthermore, this course surveys some of the fundamental aspects of music and art, such as the nature of aesthetic judgment, the task of art and music criticism, including formalist, representational, and contemporary theories on viewing, analyzing, and interpreting the arts. In addition, with a comparative analysis between the modes of visual and aural representation, visual and aural perception, this course analyzes the principal forms and genres of the visual and aural elements of art history and music history, providing an understanding for human creativity and expression. Spring, alternate years. 3 credits.

ARHI.2030 History of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval Art

A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture and architecture from prehistoric times to the Medeival period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from Ancient Egypt and Near East, Antiquity, Byzantine and Medeival, and Early Renassance Europe. Methodological problems of interpretation, formal analysis and aesthetic principles are studies in these art works. 3 credits. AE, CD, HSA

ARHI.2040 History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern Art

A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Renaissance times to the Modern period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from the Renaisance, Baroque, Rococo, Nineteenth Century Movements-Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism and Abstract Art. The aim of the course is to introduce the student to basic critical and art historical methods as well as the analysis of style and content within sequential cultural contexts. 3 credits. AHD

ARHI.3020 Studies In World Art

Historical and critical examination of regions works of art from China, Asia, the Islamic world, India, Africa, North America, Latin America, Native American Art and Mexico. Topics vary from year to year. Course may be repeated. 3 credits. AE, HSA

ARHI.3130 American Art

The study of American painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Colonial period to the end of the nineteenth century seen in relation to European developments and American social and technological changes. Emphasis is placed on New England architecture. 3 credits. AH

ARHI.3520 Contemporary Art and Culture

Examination of issues of content, theory, and criticism in contemporary art. Current exhibitions and criticism are integral to the course. Topics vary from year to year. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA). 3 credits. AE, HSA


ARHI 2030, 204 pre-req

CRIM.3600 Gender, Race, and Crime

This course examines gender and racial implications of criminal laws, criminal justice practices and programs will be examined. The position of women and racial/ethnic minorities will be assessed from the different perspectives of victims, offenders, and criminal justice practitioners. 3 credits. For permission numbers and questions regarding the Undergraduate Criminal Justice Program, please email Christopher_Harris@uml.edu

CRIM.4770 Intimate Partner Violence

This course examines the causes and consequences of domestic violence and the latest research regarding the responses of the criminal justice system. 3 credits. For permission numbers and questions regarding the Undergraduate Criminal Justice Program, please email Christopher_Harris@uml.edu


Junior or Senior Standing Only

ECON.2010 Economics I (Microeconomics)

Studies the principles of production and exchange. An introduction to demand, supply, pricing, and output under alternative market structures. Derived demand and resource markets are introduced. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Quantitative Literacy (QL). 3 credits. BS

ECON.2020 Economics II (Macroeconomics)

Studies the principles governing the level of national income and employment. Also examines the commercial banking system, monetary and fiscal policy, the international economy, and alternative economic systems. 3 credits. BS

ECON.2110 Statistics for Business and Economics I

Presents descriptive statistics, sophisticated counting techniques and other components of probability, simple random variables and their distribution, bivariate functions, sampling theory properties of estimators. 3 credits.


MATH 1210 pre-req

ECON.3020 Labor Economics

An introduction to the economic analysis of behaviors and institutions in the labor market: labor supply and participation, labor demand by firms, wage determination under different institutional settings, and gender, race or ethnicity as determinants of different labor market outcomes. The course presents microeconomic models, empirical findings and their public policy implications on topics such as minimum wage, affirmative action, social insurance prorams, workplace safety, and subsidized day care. Prerequisites: 49.201 or instructor's approval. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) and Quantitative Literacy (QL). 3 credits. HSV


ECON.2010 pre-req

ECON.3030 Microeconomic Theory

Provides an advanced examination of price and production theory and the theory of the consumer and the firm. 3 credits.


ECON.2010 pre-req

ECON.3040 Macroeconomic Theory

An analysis of Keynesian and post-Keynesian theory. National income accounts, monetary and fiscal policy, and econometric models. 3 credits.


49.202 pre-req

ECON.3120 Managerial Economics

Applies the economic theory and statistical methods to business decision making. Estimation of demand, production, cost functions and accompanying elasticity estimates, pricing and output decisions, value maximization problems, and capital budgeting. 3 credits.


ECON.2010 pre-req

ECON.3160 Investments: Instruments and Strategies

In this course we will look at different types of investments, from stocks, bonds and real estate top mutual funds, hedge funds and derivatives exploring how and when to use them. Students will create a diversified investment portfolio using an online trading program that incorporates products covered in class. In addition we will look at how different exchanges operate and the role of financial investments in real capital accumulation and rising living standards. 3 credits.


ECON.2010 pre-req

ECON.3180 Financial Markets and Monetary Policy

The economics of financial intermediation and central bank monetary policy. Evaluation of global financial markets, financial deregulation, bank failures and financial stability, determinants of the level and term structure of interest rates, and the impacts of monetary policy changes on overall levels of output, employment and prices are topics analyzed in this course. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Information Literacy (IL) and Written & Oral Communication (WOC). 3 credits.


ECON 2010 and 202 pre-req

ECON.3250 United States Economic History

The evolution of institutions and their functions, and sources of economic development. The contributions of railroads, agricultural population growth, immigration, capital formation and technological progress to economic development. Other areas addressed: rapid industrialization and antitrust laws; evolution of financial institutions, the creation of the Federal Reserve System, crash of 1929, the depression of the 1930s, the New Deal and various banking acts, the labor movement, the growth of international trade. 3 credits.


ECON 2010 or ECON 2020 pre-req

ENGL.1010 College Writing I

A workshop course that thoroughly explores the writing process from pre-writing to revision, with an emphasis on critical thinking, sound essay structure, mechanics, and academic integrity. Students will read, conduct rhetorical analyses, and practice the skills required for participation in academic discourse. Students will write expository essays throughout the semester, producing a minimum of four formal essays. 3 credits.

ENGL.1020 College Writing II

A workshop course that thoroughly explores the academic research writing process with an emphasis on entering into academic conversation. Building on the skills acquired in College Writing I, students will learn to write extensively with source material. Key skills addressed include finding,assessing, and integrating primary and secondary sources, and using proper documentation to ensure academic integrity. Students will produce analytical writing throughout the semester, including a minimum of four formal, researched essays. 3 credits.

ENGL.2070 English Studies in a Digital Environment

This course introduces students to the study of writing, literature, and culture in the digital environment and to skills necessary for courses in the English Studies option. The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of Digital literacy and citizenship, including tools and skills only made possible in the digital environment. Students will read a variety of texts and write in a variety of genres. The course also introduces students to literary and cultural criticism, including close reading skills, various critical approaches, and the practical application of these skills. Emphasis will be placed on the research and writing processes, using MLA-style documentation. The course will also introduce students to the fields of creative writing, journalism, and professional writing. 3 credits.

ENGL.2120 The Short Story

Studies the development of the short story from Poe and Chekhov to the present. 3 credits. AH


ENGL.1020 pre-req

ENGL.2160 Monsters, Apes & Nightmares

This course examines literary responses to science in England and the United States from the early Nineteenth Century to the present. Readings include novels--Frankenstein, The Island of Doctor Moreau, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jurassic Park--essays, and poems. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE). 3 credits. AHE


ENGL.1010/1020 pre-req

ENGL.2380 Introduction to Creative Writing

A course for aspiring creative writers among freshman and sophomores which offers an introduction to the craft of creative writing in its primary genres: poetry, fiction, drama, creative non-fiction (emphases will vary depending upon instructor). The focus of this course will be on learning the fundamentals of craft techniques and peer review. 3 credits.


ENGL.1020, or instructor permission

ENGL.2430 Contemporary Women Writers

Contemporary Women Writers introduces students to American women writers of the last fifty years. We examine the historical,socio-cultural, political, and personal influences on these writers' work by studying trends and events in recent American history and themes reflected in the works. By studying contemporary women's writing in this contextualized fashion, students can appreciate larger trends in our society, the role writing plays in examining such trends, and the value of literature as an exploration of human growth and struggle. Through discussion, group collaboration, critical analysis, and by designing their own graphic organizers, students gain a breadth of knowledge in the following areas: the themes and stylistic concerns of contemporary American women writers; the key historical events that influence contemporary American women's writing; the critical reading of literary texts. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA). 3 credits. LT, AH



ENGL.3030 Creative Writing: Poetry

Discusses the theory and practice of poetry. Conducted as a workshop with close analysis of student work. 3 credits.

ENGL.3100 Writing Popular Fiction

This course is designed for students who are interested in writing in one or more of the popular forms of genre fiction: the mystery, the horror story, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and the thriller. Class time will be spent discussing and work-shopping student writing. Some time will also be devoted each week to brief lectures on practical matters like choosing between the short story and the novel, finding ideas, constructing plots, building characters, pacing, generating suspense, and marketing one's work. In addition, there will be assigned readings to illustrate the above. 3 credits.

ENGL.3450 British Women Novelists

Selected novels by writers such as Austen, the Brontes, Eliot, Woolf, Bowen, and Drabble. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) and Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE). 3 credits.


ENGL.1010/1020 pre-req

ENGL.3770 Theories of Rhetoric and Composition

This course will examine the history and theories of composition and rhetoric, studying the field from its inception to more recent developments and challenges. We will also explore our own writing processes and literary practices. The course is furthermore grounded on the idea that literary practices are shaped by our culture. The course introduces practical approaches to as well as theoretical frameworks beneficial for those interested in composition studies. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Applied & Integrative Learning (AIL). 3 credits.

ENGL.4230 Shakespeare I

A study of selected histories, comedies, and tragedies. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Information Literacy (IL) and Written & Oral Communication (WOC). 3 credits.


ENGL.1010/1020 pre-req

ENGL.4290 Introduction to Literary Theory

A solid introduction to major trends in contemporary critical theory. Emphasis on producing a sample critical paper treating one or more current critical approaches to reading a literary text. 3 credits.


ENGL.1010/1020 pre-req

HIST.1050 Western Civilization I

This course surveys some important issues and tendencies in the history of Western Civilization from its origins through the early modern period, including ancient Mesopotamia, classical Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. These include "civilization" and the rise of cities, different imaginings of god(s) and humanity, evolving forms of political organization, continuity and change in social organization and everyday life, and the ongoing dialogue of faith and reason. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA). 3 credits. AHD

HIST.1070 World Civilization I

This class examines societies and cultures from ancient until early modern times with the underlying assumption that world history is an important conceptual tool for understanding our interdependent world. Course topics analyze the nature of the earliest human communities, the development of the first civilizations and the subsequent emergence of cultures in selected areas of Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas. This course also offers a consideration of issues related to the connections and relationships that shaped civilizations as a result of migration, war, commerce, and the various cultural expressions of self, society, and the cosmos before 1500. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA). 3 credits. AHD

HIST.1080 World Civilization II

This course will introduce you to the study of world history, its relevance for living in the present, and the challenge to think critically about the emergence and subsequent development of the modern world since 1500. Participants in this course will examine experiences that transcend societal and cultural regions, focus on processes of cross-cultural interaction, and investigate patterns that influenced historical development and continue to impact societies on a global scale. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA). 3 credits. AHD

HIST.2420 World War II

The Second World War transformed states and people from East Asia to the United States to Europe. We examine diplomatic and military aspects of the war and how it affected the lives of people in the countries involved. Topics include the prelude to the war, military campaigns in Europe and the Pacific, collaboration and resistance, the home front, the Holocaust, science and the atom bomb, and the consequences of the war. 3 credits. HS

HIST.2700 Women in American History

This course surveys the history of women in the British North American colonies and United States with a special focus on social and economic change. It examines women as a distinct group but also attends to divisions among them, particularly those based on class, ethnicity/race, and regional diversity. Course themes include concepts of womanhood, the development and transgression of gender roles, unpaid work and wage labor, social reform and women's rights activism, as well as changing ideas and practices with respect to the female body. 3 credits. HS

HIST.2750 African-American History

This course surveys African American history in the United States from colonization to the present. It begins with a study of life in West Africa and traces the forced migration of Africans to the Americas. It explores West African transmissions, the freedom struggle, the great migrations from the South, the Harlem Renaissance, the modern Civil Rights movement, and the continuing impact of African Americans on life in the 21st century. 3 credits. AHD

HIST.3040 European Economic & Social History

Europe has been transformed in the last 250 years from an agricultural society to a post-industrial one. We study the processes by which this happened, from the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and early 19th century to the wars and depressions of the early 20th century and the collapse of the communist system and European unification in the late 20th century. Students learn basic concepts and methods of history and economics. 3 credits.


Minimum Sophomore status

HIST.3210 The Holocaust

In a world in which genocide is real, the murder of six-to-eight million Jews between 1939 and 1945 remains a critical topic of inquiry. When were factories of death first conceived? What perverse rationale motivated the collaborators who built and operated the gas chambers and crematoria? This course will answer questions of this kind by examining the most respected scholars who have written on and primary sources that speak directly to the Holocaust 3 credits.

HIST.3560 Civil War and Reconstruction

This course surveys the increasing political, social, and economic tensions between the North and the South during the first half of the nineteenth century; the explosion of those tensions into secession and conflict; the four years of war; and the postwar struggle to reconstruct the South and forge a new union. 3 credits. HS


Sophomore level or higher

HIST.3740 Stalin's Russia

Spanning the period from the "October Revolution" of 1917 to Stalin's death in 1953, this course considers "Stalinist Russia" from the perspectives of economics, society, the arts, politics and war. In the course, we will read the preeminent historians who have written on these topics. 3 credits. HS

LGST.2610 Introduction to Legal Concepts

This course serves as an introductory legal course. It is a survey of many specific topics, such as constitutional law, contracts, intellectual property law, and current legal topics of interest. More importantly, the course emphasizes critical legal thinking, legal ethics, and human values. 3 credits. BS

LGST.2620 Introduction to Business Law

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of business law. The main emphasis is on key aspects of contract law, including the agreement, consideration, writings, third-party rights, illegality, performance, breach, defenses, and remedies The course also covers agency law, employment law, sections of the Uniform Commercial Code, and a variety of other legal issues and topics that influence and intersect with modern business practices. This course is highly recommended for pre-law students, CPA students, and paralegal students. 3 credits. BS, Collateral CJ

LGST.3630 Corporate and Property Law

This course studies the law pertaining to business entities and structures. Partnerships, limited partnerships, and joint ventures are studied at the outset of the course. The main emphasis is on elements of the corporate structure. The last part of the course deals with personal and real property with coverage of wills and trusts. This course is highly recommended for pre-law students, CPA students, and paralegal students. 3 credits.

LGST.3700 Real Estate Law

This course examines contracts for the sale of real estate, deeds, title examinations, security for real estate transactions, methods and problems of co-ownership, zoning ordinances, brokerage contracts, leases and landlord, and tenant rights and liabilities. 3 credits.

LGST.3760 Family Law

This course studies the critical family law issues facing society today. Subject matter examined may include the law of marriage, custody, adoption, divorce, child support, juveniles, right to die, fetal tissue transfer to prolong the life of another, reproduction control, and surrogate parenting. This course is taught from a legal and human values perspective. 3 credits.

LGST.3810 Women and the Law

This course presents legal issues that often or particularly affect women. Topics may include sex discrimination, sexual harassment, rape, marriage, divorce, reproductive control, surrogate motherhood, and custody. 3 credits.

LGST.3830 Alternative Dispute Resolution

The traditional trial is becoming increasingly rare in modern civil litigation; the large majority of disputes are resolved by other techniques. This course will examine alternative methods of dispute resolution such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and the mini trial. 3 credits.

LGST.3860 Intellectual Property

This course surveys the law of the protection of ideas, trade secrets, inventions, artistic creations, and reputation. The course will briefly review the law of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and geographical indication. The course will cover the distinction between the various forms of intellectual property, and the statutory and common law methods of enforcing rights. 3 credits.

LGST.3870 Legal Research Methods

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of legal research and writing. Students will gain hands-on experience in legal research and in the reporting of such research in written assignments, case briefs, and memoranda. 3 credits.

LGST.3920 Wills,Trusts and Estates

This course provides an introduction to the law of wills, trusts, and estates. This course covers the fundamental legal concepts and vocabulary necessary to understand, draft, and work with the core estate planning tools. Practical examples and sample legal cases and materials will be provided and discussed. No prior legal knowledge is required, though some familiarity with the United States legal system or case law will be helpful. 3 credits.

LGST.4900 Legal Aspects of Cyberspace

This course introduces students to the law of the Internet and regulation of lawful and unlawful computer activities. Traditional notions about privacy, defamation, contracts, freedom of expression, pornography, stalking, jurisdiction and intellectual property are challenged by the latest cyberspace technology. Much of the debate about control, which leads to questions about rights and responsibilities, centers around who, if anyone, should design the legal architecture of cyberspace. These and other topical subjects serve as the focus on the study of legal issues in cyberspace. 3 credits.

PHIL.2010 Introduction to Philosophy

Examines some of the typical approaches to philosophical questioning and the issues raised in such inquiry: what is true knowledge, what is reality, what is the good, what is the right political order, what is the nature of religious faith? Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CTPS). 3 credits. VC, AHE

PHIL.2020 Introduction to Logic and Critical Reasoning

Studies the methods used to distinguish correct from incorrect reasoning. This course will aim at developing (1) an ability to express one's ideas clearly and concisely; (2) an increased skill in defining one's terms; and(3) a capacity to formulate arguments vigorously and to scrutinize them critically. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CTPS) and Quantitative Literacy (QL). 3 credits. VC

PHIL.2030 Introduction to Ethics

Examines the basic issues and problems of ethics and values and a survey of some important alternative answers to the questions raised, on both an individual and a social level, by our necessity to act and to live in a rational and human way. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE). 3 credits. AHDE

PHIL.2060 Introduction to Political Philosophy

Political philosohy is concerned with basic questions about community, public life, and social organization. This course will address issues such as the rights of the individual in relation to the power of the state and society; the nature and legitimacy of political authority and democracy; the significance of power, economics, justice and equality in social life; and the duties and responsibilities of citizens. We will also consider the philosophical meaning of communitarianism, liberalism, and republicanism, individualism, capitalism, and socialism, as well as the role of class, race, and gender in politics. 3 credits.

PHIL.2960 Introduction to World Religions

A study of religious knowledge and the phenomena of religion from a philosophical standpoint. The course considers explanations for religious behavior, some central issues in religious belief, and the values and goals of religious systems. Various world religions provide specific data for these topics. 3 credits.

PHIL.3340 Engineering and Ethics

A philosophical analysis of the ethical dimensions and responsibilities of the engineering profession. Specific case studies and ethical issues are analyzed through the application of some of the basic concepts and principles of traditional and contemporary ethical theories. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE). 3 credits.

PHIL.3750 Philosophy of Sex and Love

The aim of this course is to introduce students to both historical and contemporary discussions surrounding the topics of sex and love. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA). 3 credits.

PHIL.3880 Latin American Philosophy

Students in this course will be introduced to current and longstanding debates within Latin American Philosophy. They will also be exposed to many of the principle texts and thinkers within this burgeoning tradition. The class includes a survey of Latin American philosophy ranging from pre-colonial Aztec thought to the debates over the struggle for Latin American independence, and also the question of identity: what constitutes Latin American philosophy. 3 credits.

POLI.1010 Introduction to American Politics

An introduction to the politics, structure, and behavior of the American National Political Community. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE). 3 credits. SS

POLI.1210 Introduction to International Relations

Surveys some recent methods and approaches used in the study of international politics and provides an introduction to current problems of foreign policies of major world powers. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA). 3 credits. BS/SSD

POLI.2180 Introduction to Politics and Sports

Analyzes the growing importance of sports in American life. Examines the psychological, political and social impact of sports on society. Discusses how sports have been shaped by such monumental events as war, the civil rights movement, and the changing economy. 3 credits.

POLI.2220 Politics of the Internet

This course will examine the influence social media and web connectivity have had on political campaigns, campaign fundraising, political mobilization, and the recent proliferation of democratic movements. 3 credits.

POLI.2300 Law and the Legal System

Presents an introduction to the nature of the legal process and the operation of the American legal system. Also discusses considerations of its political and social functions. 3 credits.

POLI.2650 State and Local Politics

Examination and study of politics and government at the state and local levels, with emphasis on Massachusetts and New England. Practitioners from state and local government will meet with the class. 3 credits.

POLI.3160 Politics and Film

Analysis of the role of film in creating, expressing, revealing, and responding to social and political ideas and values. Examines a variety of film and film styles and introduces students to elements of film theory, the theory of popular culture and the role of film in forming our ideas about the world. 3 credits.

POLI.3320 The Politics of Food

The course will examine current debates in food politics over: regulatory politics and the appropriate reach of the state in food labeling, safety, and oversight; genetically modified food, organic and sustainable agriculture, the effects of economic globalization of the food supply chain and the future of the world food system. 3 credits.

POLI.3350 Constitutional Law and Politics

A study of constitutional law focused on the principles and structures of American government. The course will discuss the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the origins of judicial review, and the principles of federalism, natural law, ordered liberty, limited government, separation of powers, equal protection, and due process. 3 credits.

POLI.3430 Congress

Legislative Politics. An advanced study of representation, campaigns and elections, and the functioning of the American national congress within the American political system. 3 credits.

POLI.3440 American Presidency

An examination of the nature of the American presidency and its functioning within the American political system. Specific attention is given to the problems and evolution of the presidency since World War I. 3 credits.

POLI.3530 Public Policy and Administration

An examination of the little studied fourth branch of government. Bureaucratic power in the American political system is reconsidered. 3 credits.

PSYC.1010 Introduction to Psychological Science

An introduction course that focuses on application of the scientific method to major areas of psychology: biological, cognitive, developmental, social and personality, and mental and physical health. The course addresses the importance of social and cultural diversity, ethics, variations in human functioning, and applications to life and social action both within these areas and integrated across them. The research basis for knowledge in the field is emphasized. 3 credits. BS

PSYC.2320 Psychology of Personality

Serves as an introduction to the study of human personality including such topics as self- concept, anxiety and adjustment, and achievement motivation. Psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive, and behavioral theories of personality are stressed with consideration of the interplay between theory and research. 3 credits. BS


PSYC.1010 pre-req or co-req

PSYC.2550 Community Psychology

Surveys the nature and practice of community psychology, including principles of community organization and change as seen in such areas as education, mental health, the workplace, health care, justice system, corrections and social services. Students may participate in field research or projects in the community, and classroom work will include discussion of the field experiences of the participants. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA). 3 credits. BS


PSYC.1010 pre-req or co-req

PSYC.2600 Child and Adolescent Development

The study of childhood and adolescence. The course begins with an overview of major theoretical perspectives, research methods, and ethical issues in human development. Based on a chronological approach, the course covers prenatal development and birth, infancy, childhood and adolescence, and the transition to adulthood. 3 credits. SS; Formerly Human Development I


PSYC.1010 pre-req or co-req

PSYC.2720 Abnormal Psychology

Presents an introduction to the study of various patterns of mental, behavioral, and personality disorders with consideration of issues of diagnosis, etiology, and treatment in terms of contemporary theory, research, and practice. 3 credits. SS


PSYC.1010 pre-req

PSYC.2730 Biological Psych

Surveys issues and topics dealing with the physiological and evolutionary bases of behavior. Biological systems and processes that influence behavior are considered, with particular emphasis on brain mechanisms. Recent discoveries in the neurosciences will be presented. Methods of research are reviewed. 3 credits.


PSYC.1010 pre-req

PSYC.2780 Cognitive Psychology

Examines the psychological bases of verbal and visual reasoning, logical and creative thought-processes, and linguistic and conceptual behaviors. The nature and limits of knowledge and creative expression are discussed. 3 credits.


PSYC.1010 pre-req

PSYC.3120 Learning and Behavior

Examines various methods and techniques suitable for the modification of human behavior, based on the principles and findings of experimental studies of animal and human behavior. Considers how such methods can be used in education, mental health and corrections, and self-directed personal change. 3 credits.


PSYC.1010 pre-req

PSYC.3350 Psychology and Women

Considers such topics as: the psychology of sex differences; biological bases of psychological sex differences; the nature of female sexuality; clinical theory and practice concerning women; women as mental patients and mental health consumers; implications for psychology and for women's status. 3 credits. BS/SSD


PSYC.1010 pre-req

PSYC.3510 Human Sexuality

Addresses the biological, psychosocial, and attitudinal aspects of human sexuality through lectures, discussions, films from a variety of perspectives. 3 credits. BS/SS


PSYC.1010 pre-req

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