BDIC program handout 4-pg 7-10

BDIC program handout 4-pg 7-10 - BACHE LORS D EGREE WI T H...

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The BDIC Program: General Information Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) is a unique program at the University of Massachusetts that offers highly motivated and self-directed students the opportunity to design their own majors. BDIC is housed within Commonwealth Honors College. As an alternative to traditional majors, the BDIC Program allows students to pursue their educational goals in areas not available within an existing departmental curriculum on campus. Students, with the help of a faculty Sponsor, focus their major and select courses on the basis of a unifying issue, topic, theme, culture, period, or question called an area of concentration. The area of study for a BDIC concentration must be interdisciplinary, drawing from at least three fields or disciplines, and it may not duplicate an existing major. Courses may be chosen from any of the departments within the University, and from the other campuses in the Five College Consortium. Internships and Independent Studies are allowed and even recommended for many majors. Students are also encouraged to participate in the Domestic and International Exchange programs when relevant. Each student is assigned to one of the academic clusters in BDIC: Arts and Cultural Studies; Social Sciences; Business and Law; Education and Human Services; Civic Engagement or Sustainability and Natural Science. Each student's program of study is developed with the advice and approval of both the student's chosen faculty Sponsor and a BDIC faculty Supervisor designated to a cluster. Requirements for the Major Acceptance of a formal concentration proposal. The proposal must be approved by a Peer Advisor, Faculty Sponsor, and a BDIC Supervisor. The proposal is written during the student's enrollment in the program’s one credit class, Proposal Writing (BDIC 396P). Completion of at least twelve related upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above) in the chosen area of concentration, totaling a minimum of 36 credits over a period of at least four semesters. Each class must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Non-classroom experiences such as internships (up to a maximum of 6 credits) and independent studies (up to a maximum of 6 credits) may be accepted as part of the interrelated curriculum, with approval from the Sponsor and the Supervisor. However, a student's BDIC Program may not consist of more than a total of 9 internship and independent study credits combined. Courses should be drawn from two or more departments each semester and should be at least three
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