The Arts and Sciences undergraduate program requires a minimum of 128 credit hours of study and at least one internship or practicum experience. These credits are earned through a combination of degree requirements, electives and career development opportunities in the city of Boston and beyond. The degree requirements are comprised of four components which each contribute to students' achieving the goals of the undergraduate program. Remaining credits are earned with elective courses. Often, students use electives to complete a minor program or benefit from the special academic opportunities offered.
Arts and Sciences students will develop:
Students are required to demonstrate minimum competency in areas Emmanuel deems necessary for higher learning and functioning in today's world. Students fulfill these requirements either through coursework or demonstration of competency. The following courses fulfill the requirement for each foundational skill:
The knowledge, skills and habits of the mind developed through the study of the liberal arts disciplines and their respective methods of inquiry, their concepts and vocabulary, their creative and critical processes, and their contributions to human knowledge are basic to the goal of developing the intellectual, aesthetic and moral sensibility assumed in a person liberally educated for life. Courses that fulfill these requirements are marked with the abbreviations noted in parentheses in the course descriptions section of the Academic Catalog.
The major program allows students to develop depth of knowledge and skills in an academic discipline. Students choose a major program offered by Emmanuel or develop an individualized major. Majors lead to either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.). Typically, majors leading to a B.A. require 40 to 48 credits, whereas majors leading to the B.S. or B.F.A. require between 60 and 68 credits. At least 50% of the credit hours counting towards the major requirements must be completed at Emmanuel.
See our Programs of Study page for a list of majors and their requirements.
The Capstone is the culminating experience of the undergraduate program. Through this experience, students demonstrate achievement of program goals through academic work that exhibits knowledge and skills appropriate to the degree-level of the program. The nature of the Capstone Experience requirement depends on the major program. Students who double major will complete multiple Capstone Experiences, as each major program defines an appropriate culminating experience. In all majors, the Capstone Experience involves completing a significant piece of work that requires the integration and application of learning from multiple courses. Students should consult with their academic advisors early in their majors to ensure that they are prepared for the work required in the capstone courses.
Just a few examples of capstone experiences are: