2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

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FILA: General Education Curriculum

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At BC, the focus isn’t just on selecting a major. The general education curriculum focuses on tangible skills that will prepare students for their future. The general education program is called “Foundations in Liberal Arts” or FILA. The Latin word fila means threads (or filaments), and it is with these foundational liberal arts courses that a student weaves the fabric of their education.

The initial courses address the fundamental skills of critical inquiry, effective writing, oral communication and quantitative literacy (i.e. the first-year FILA seminar, English, communication and math).

Students also develop the ability to engage in a global society through meeting a modern language requirement, taking a class focused on learning deeply about another culture, and taking a class examining issues related to globalization.

Students engage ideas across the liberal arts areas of study by taking:

  • one course in the social sciences (such as economics, political science, psychology and sociology)
  • four courses in the humanities (one in fine arts, one in literature, one in history and one in philosophy or religion)
  • one natural or physical science with a lab (biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology or physics)

The experience culminates in the integration of community engagement. Students take at least one course designated as experiential, which could be a May Term travel course, a practicum, experiential service-learning or other courses that has the student interact with the community outside the classroom.

FILA is flexible, giving the student a variety of choices to fulfill the requirements. This leaves room for adding an additional major, adding a minor or a concentration, studying abroad or completing an internship. Choosing the elements of a liberal arts education is a creative process, and with the courses (or threads) of FILA, the student will weave the fabric of a personalized education.

FILA-150 or FILA-350EW: FILA Seminar or FILA Integration Seminar

FILA-150 or FILA-350EW: is BC’s first-year/transfer student seminar. Students take this class at the very beginning of their time at BC—the fall semester of their first year.

Course topics for FILA-150 are extremely varied and diverse. Transfer students have a unique course topic as well, while Flory Fellows can choose from two honors sections.

Note: Transfer students sign up for FILA-350EW, and honors students in the Flory Fellows program have separate sections of FILA-150.

FILA-450: Personal Development Portfolio

During the senior year, students complete the senior e-portfolio. The final senior e-portfolio includes:

  • A record of the student's academic achievements and community engagement experiences
  • The student's current resume and cover letter
  • A senior reflective essay, which shows the student's growth and development throughout the college experience

The Foundations in Liberal Arts (FILA) Program Requirements

Master Core Skills

(Five courses, 7–13 credit hours)

FILA-150 FILA Seminar

-or (if a transfer student) -

FILA-350EW FILA Integration Seminar

ENG-110 Effective Writing

-or (exempt based on placement testing) -

COMM-100 Oral Communication

MATH-110 College Algebra

-or-

MATH-115 Mathematical Theory & Computation II

-or-

MATH-118 Quantitative Reasoning

-or (exempt based on placement testing) -

ES Activity

Engagement in Global Society

World Culture Through Language (Two courses, 0–6 credit hours)

One course in world language at the 102, 201, or 202 level (3 credits)
A placement credit for 202 in World Language course will exempt a student from this requirement.

Degree-seeking international students may petition the provost and vice president for academic affairs to request that their native language and proficiency in English as a second language satisfy the world culture through language requirement.

World Cultures and Global Dynamics (Two courses, 6 credit hours)

One course in World Cultures (3 credit hours)
Requires a prerequisite of FILA-150 or FILA-350EW

ART-307X Visual Arts of Spain

COMM-333X Europe Media and Culture

COMM-334 Intercultural Communication

ENG-220 American Folklife

ENG-224W Introduction to American Studies

ENG-235 Literature of Southern Africa

ENG-237 Contemporary Ukrainian Literature and Culture

ENG-240 Russian Literature & Culture

ENG-243 Native American Literature and Culture

ES-357X Global Healthcare and Sport

FREN-305X French Life and Cultures

FREN/HIST-307 Cultural Memory of the World Wars

FREN-340 French Culture and Civilization

FREN-345 Modern French Cultures

FREN-350 Special Topics in Culture

GER-224W Introduction to German Studies

GER-305X German-Speaking Cultures

HIST-285 Monuments, Memorials, and Museums

HIST-290 Medieval Europe

HIST-321 Europe Since 1789

HIST-325 Modern Britain Since 1688

HIST-340 American Indian History

HIST-350 Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Great Powers

HIST-356 East Asia

HIST-360 Modern Africa

HIST-370 Genocide

HIST-380 Topics in European History

HIST-385 Topics in French History

HIST-390 War and Peace Across the Pacific

MUS-235 Music in Latin America

PHIL-328 Germanic Cultures

PHIL-329 Classical Cultures: Greece and Italy

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

REL-250 Reel-World Religions: Inter-Religious Encounters in Contemporary Film

REL-312 Archaeology and the Bible

REL-315 The Lands of Bible

REL-340 Religions of the Near East

REL-350 Religions of the Far East

SOC-201 General Anthropology

SOC-363 Cultures of Japan

SOC-365 Cultures of Africa

SPAN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

SPAN-305 Culture of Costa Rica

SPAN-308X Spanish Life and Culture

SPAN-340 Spanish Culture and Civilization

SPAN-345 Latin American Culture and Civilization

SPAN-352W Hispanic Masculinities

SPAN-351 Latin American Science Fiction

One course in Global Dynamics (3 credit hours)

Requires a prerequisite of FILA-150 or FILA-350EW

BIOL-215 Biology of Human Diversity & Pseudoscience of Racism

ECON-310 U.S. Economics & Business History

ECON-440 International Economics

ENG-221 The Images of "folk" in Literature

ENG-324 American Cultural History

FCS-250 International Foods & Nutrition

FREN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

GER-300 Special Topics in English

HIST-270 The Second World War in Global Perspective

HIST-305 India Past and Present

HIST-335 Women's History in Asia

HIST-345 Crusades and Terrorism

PSCI/SOC-205 Global Identities

PSCI-230 Introduction to Global Politics

PSCI-240 Introduction to Comparative Politics

PSCI-335W Peace, War and World Politics

PSCI-336 United Nations

PSCI-338X Politics of Social Change

PSCI-360 Population, Immigration, and Politics

PSCI-365E Politics of Human Rights

PSCI-370 Issues in Global Politics

PSCI-375 United States and the World

PSCI-440W Global Political Economy

REL-215 Introduction to Interfaith Studies

REL-251X Israel-Palestine: People, Places, Perspectives, Peace

SOC-208E Food Politics

SOC-331 Cultural Theory at the Movies

SOC-333 Racial and Ethnic Studies

SOC-334 Gender and Sexuality Studies

SOC-335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley

SOC-336X Immigrant Food Cultures of New York City

SOC-361 Development and Underdevelopment in the Modern World

SPAN-307X Cuban Life & Culture

SPAN-309X Argentinean Life and Culture

Engagement of Ideas Across the Disciplines

One course in Fine Arts and Music (3 credit hours)

Requires a prerequisite or corequisite of a master core skills course

ART-115 Introduction to Sculpture

ART-130 Introduction to Drawing

ART-200W Survey of Art History (prehistory to 1400)

ART-201 Survey of Art History (1400 to Present)

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

ART-301W Perspectives on Contemporary Art

ART-310 Ceramic Sculpture

ART-311 Wheel Thrown Ceramics I

ART-315 Wood Sculpture

ART-323 Graphic Design

ART-328 The Book Arts

ART-331 Collage and Assemblage

ART-332 Drawing Marathon

ART-335 Painting

ART-344 Photography

ART-346 Studio Photography

ART-347 Videography I

FREN-355 Special Topics in Fine Arts

MUS-110 Music Fundamentals

MUS-111 Music Fundamentals at the Piano

MUS-220 Introduction to Western Music

MUS-232 American Music

MUS/SOC-233 Social History of Jazz in America

MUS-237 Introduction to Ethnomusicology

MUS-447 Topics for Ensembles in Context

(plus two performing ensemble courses)

SPAN-355 Special Topics in Fine Arts

SPAN-356 Hispanic Cinema

THEA-200 Theatre Production: Costumes and Scenery

THEA-210 Theatre Production: Lighting and Sound

THEA-225 Scenic Painting

THEA-250 World Theatre History I

THEA-255 World Theatre History II

THEA-315X Theatre in London

THEA-325 Acting

THEA-330 Directing

THEA-345 Acting: Styles and Techniques

THEA-355 Environmental Theatre

THEA-370X Special Topics in Theatre

One course in Literature (3 credit hours)

Requires a prerequisite or corequisite of a master core skills course

Any course in English (ENG) numbered 325– 400

ENG/GER-334W German Literature in Translations

ENG/FREN-335W French Literature in Translation

ENG/THEA-360W Modern Drama

ENG/THEA-362W Contemporary Drama

FREN-401W Survey of French Literature I

FREN-402W Survey of French Literature II

FREN-403W Survey of Francophone Literature

SPAN-401 Spanish Literature

SPAN-402 Latin American Literature

One course in History (3 credit hours)

Requires a prerequisite or corequisite of a master core skills course

HIST-105 World History to 1500

HIST-110 World History Since 1500

HIST-115 20th Century World History

HIST-120 The Pacific World

HIST-125 The Atlantic World, 1450-1800

HIST-130 African American History

HIST-135 History of the Islamic World

HIST-140E Ethical Dilemmas in World History

One course in Philosophy or Religion (3 credit hours)

Requires a prerequisite or corequisite of a master core skills course

ECON-420 Development of Economic Thought

FREN-360E Introduction to French Thought

PHIL-210 Philosophical Questions

PHIL-225E Contemporary Moral and Political Problems

PHIL-228E Philosophy of Popular Culture

PHIL-235E Bioethics

PHIL/REL-300 Topics in Philosophy and Religion

PHIL-310 Logic

PHIL-318E Philosophical Ethics

PHIL-320E Professional Ethics

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

PHIL-331EW Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy

PHIL-332W Modern Philosophy

PHIL-333W Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL-335 Philosophy of Religion

PHIL-337W Philosophy of Science

PHIL-340E Environmental Ethics

PHIL-420W Postmodernism

PSCI-220E Introduction to Political Philosophy

PSCI-401E Contemporary Political Thought

REL-180 Religions and Nature

REL-210X Study of Religious Traditions

REL-220 New Testament

REL-310 Jesus in History and Culture

REL-316W Medieval Women's Spirituality

REL/HIST-317 History of the Christian Church

REL-318E Religious Ethics

REL-325X The Uses and Abuses of Christian Scripture

REL-326 Readings in the Hebrew Scripture

REL-331W Christian Beliefs

REL-332W Reformation Thought

REL-333W Contemporary Christian Thought

REL-335E Christian Perspectives on Violence and Peace

REL-420EW Christian Social Ethics

One course in the Social Sciences (3 credit hours)

Requires a prerequisite or corequisite of a master core skills course

COMM-375 Media Effects

ECON-200 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON-210 Principles of Microeconomics

FCS-319 Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts

PSCI-210 Politics & Government in the United States

PSCI-215 Introduction to Public Policy

PSCI-280 Lying and Lie Detection

PSY-101 General Psychology

SOC-101 Sociological Imagination

One course in the Natural & Physical Sciences (4 credit hours)

Requires a prerequisite or corequisite of MATH-110, MATH-115 or MATH-118

BIOL-100 The Nature of the Biological World

BIOL-110 Principles of Biology I

CHEM-102 Earth and its Environment

CHEM-161 General Chemistry I

ENVR-101 Introduction to Environmental Sciences

GEOL-130 Physical Geology

PHYS-110 Introductory Astronomy

PHYS-119 Physics and the Modern World

PHYS-125 Concepts of Physics

PHYS-222 General Physics II

The Integration of Skills and Ideas

(Four courses, 1–10 credit hours)

One course in Writing Intensive (0–3 credit hours)

Requires a prerequisite of FILA-150 or FILA-350EW and ENG-110

ART-200W Survey of Art History (prehistory to 1400)

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

ART-301W Perspectives on Contemporary Art

BIOL/ENVR-312W Wildlife Ecology and Management

BUS-412W Professional Selling

BUS-414W Consumer Behavior

BUS-416W Advertising

COMM/PWR-255W Introduction to News Writing

ENG-224W Introduction to American Studies

ENG-332W Arthurian Literature

ENG-333W Irish Literature

ENG/GER-334W German Literature in Translations

ENG/FREN-335W French Literature in Translation

ENG-341W Mythology and Classical Literature

ENG-342W Medieval Literature From Beowulf to Dante

ENG-343W Literature of Renaissance & the Enlightenment

ENG-345W Literature for Children

ENG-347W Nineteenth Century Children's Literature

ENG-385W Modern Literature

FILA-350EW FILA Integration Seminar

FREN-401W Survey of French Literature I

FREN-402W Survey of French Literature II

FREN-403W Survey of Francophone Literature

GER-224W Introduction to German Studies

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

PHIL-331EW Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy

PHIL-332W Modern Philosophy

PHIL-333W Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL-337W Philosophy of Science

PHIL-420W Postmodernism

PHYS-345W Experimental Physics

PSCI-335W Peace, War and World Politics

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

PSCI-440W Global Political Economy

PWR-227W Food Writing

PWR-312W Technical & Workplace Writing

PWR-313W Writing for Business

PWR-314W Writing for the Sciences

PWR-318W Writing for Digital Media

PWR-325WX Special Topics in Public Writing

REL-316W Medieval Women's Spirituality

REL/ENG-327W Biblical Themes in Literature

REL-331W Christian Beliefs

REL-332W Reformation Thought

REL-333W Contemporary Christian Thought

REL-420EW Christian Social Ethics

SOC-302W Contemporary Social Theory

SOC/FCS-368W Sociology of the Family

SPAN-352W Hispanic Masculinities

THEA/ENG-360W Modern Drama

THEA/ENG-362W Contemporary Drama

One course in Ethical Reasoning (0–3 credit hours)

Requires a prerequisite of FILA-150 or FILA-350EW and ENG-110

COMM-410E Communication Law and Ethics in a Digital Age

EDUC-371E Classroom Management, Elementary

EDUC-372E Classroom Management, Secondary

ENVR-234E Wildlife Ethics

FILA-350EW FILA Integration Seminar

FREN-360E Introduction to French Thought

HIST-140E Ethical Dilemmas in World History

PHIL-225E Contemporary Moral and Political Problems

PHIL-228E Philosophy of Popular Culture

PHIL-235E Bioethics

PHIL-318E Philosophical Ethics

PHIL-320E Professional Ethics

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

PHIL-331EW Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy

PHIL-340E Environmental Ethics

PSCI-220E Introduction to Political Philosophy

PSCI-290E Aesthetics, Philosophy and Politics

PSCI-365E Politics of Human Rights

PSCI-401E Contemporary Political Thought

PSY-475E Neuroethics

REL-318E Religious Ethics

REL-335E Christian Perspectives on Violence and Peace

REL-420EW Christian Social Ethics

SOC-208E Food Politics

SOC-255EX Introduction to Social Welfare Systems

SOC-366E Sociology of Birth and Death

SOC-370E Sociology of Religion

One course in Experiential Learning (0–3 credit hours)

Requires a prerequisite or corequisite of a master core skills course

ART-305X Museums and Galleries

ART-307X Visual Arts of Spain

ART-448X Videography II

BIOL-257X Marine Ecology

BUS-305X International Business and Entrepreneurship

BUS-365X Cross-Cultural Issues in Business

BUS-422X Entrepreneurship

BUS-478X Strategic Management

COMM-331X The Television & Film Studio System

COMM-333X Europe Media and Culture

COMM/MUS-309X Audio Production

COMM/MUS-370X Heroes, Flutes, and Ghosts: Stories and Opera

COMM-365X Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement

COMM-481X Media Field Experience

EDUC-380X Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques

ENG/PWR-320X Writing Contemporary Poetry

EQU-350X International Equine Breeding, Training and Management

ES-300X Personal and Community Health

ES-357X Global Healthcare and Sport

FCS-312X Adult Development and Aging

FCS-408X Parent and Child Relations

FREN-305X French Life and Cultures

GER-305X German-Speaking Cultures

PHIL/REL-485X Gender Studies Practicum

PSCI-338X Politics of Social Change

PSY-481X Practicum in Applied Psychology

PWR-325WX Special Topics in Public Writing

REL-210X Study of Religious Traditions

REL-251X Israel-Palestine: People, Places, Perspectives, Peace

REL-325X The Uses and Abuses of Christian Scripture

SOC-255EX Introduction to Social Welfare Systems

SOC-336X Immigrant Food Cultures of New York City

SOC-337X Food Systems of the Shenandoah Valley

SOC-338X Introduction to Material Culture Studies

SOC-401X Community Action

SOC-431X Public Identities

SOC-481X Field Experience in Social Welfare

SOC-483X Senior Practicum in Crime and Justice

A course (minimum 3 credits) completed through the College's semester at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institution.

SPAN-308X Spanish Life and Culture

SPAN-307X Cuban Life & Culture

SPAN-309X Argentinean Life and Culture

SPAN-316X Spanish Translation for the Professions

THEA-315X Theatre in London

THEA-370X Special Topics in Theatre

A course (minimum 3 credits) completed through the College's semester study abroad program.

Integration of Skills and Ideas (1 credit hour)

FILA-450 Personal Development Portfolio