Woods College of Advancing Studies

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The Woods College of Advancing Studies is one of the eight constituent schools of Boston College and offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Having been established in 1929 shortly after the founding of Boston College Law School that same year, it is the fourth oldest constituent school of Boston College.

The Woods College of Advancing Studies demands of its students the same high standards in academics, moral character and commitment to the betterment of society as is required of all of Boston College’s traditional undergraduate and graduate students. For this reason the same degree bestowed upon the students in The College of Arts and Science is awarded to students in The Woods College upon successful completion of their undergraduate work.

Bachelor of Arts[edit]

The Woods College of Advancing Studies offers numerous undergraduate degree programs,[1] including:

  • American Studies
  • Communication
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Corporate Systems
  • Criminal and Social Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Sociology

Students are also allowed to complete other majors or minors by registering for the necessary courses through the other constituent schools of Boston College.

Core undergraduate requirement[edit]

For all undergraduate degrees offered at the Woods College of Advancing Studies there is a core requirement program that must also be fulfilled by the student in addition to concentration-specific courses.

Corporate Systems Major[edit]

The Corporate Systems major requires completion of the distribution core and a professional studies certificate area focusing on essential knowledge professionals must master. The professional studies areas are Accounting, Communication, Criminal and Social Justice, Finance, Information Technology, Management or Marketing.

Master of Science[edit]

The Woods College of Advancing Studies offers a Master of Science Program in Administrative Studies. This program focuses producing students who can face the challenges of decision-making and troubleshooting in the workplace, and utilizes the case study approach as well as simulations.[2]


In May 2002 the College of Advancing Studies was dedicated in honor of its Dean, James A. Woods, S.J..