Undergraduate Degree Completion Program, Bachelor’s Degree
There are many accomplished individuals who, for one reason or another, never finished their bachelor’s degree. For some, earning that credential could make a significant difference in their career advancement. For others it is an important milestone of personal growth, adding depth to life experience.
For students who have already earned a minimum of 52–64 transferable academic credits, the fully online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (UDCP) offers a unique and ambitious liberal arts curriculum that explores topics in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, as well as mathematics and computer science. A liberal arts education remains highly valued by employers, especially in business and technology, where success often depends on interpersonal awareness, analytical skills, and human factors, as well as the ability to think creatively.
In an online environment shared with other accomplished, motivated, mature students, the program’s flexible format allows participants to accomplish their goals without disrupting personal, family, and professional commitments. Students who complete the academic coursework that comprises the UDCP will graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Students who complete the bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies will be able to demonstrate:
- A broad understanding of the liberal arts (that may be considered complete in itself or as suitable preparation for graduate studies), along with college-level rhetorical acumen through exposure to the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, including mathematics and computer science.
- Critical thinking skills via analysis and material studied in the classical and contemporary liberal arts using the interdisciplinary study method of particular themes and disciplines.
- Preparedness for active citizenship by means of a strong foundation in the liberal arts and an understanding of the connectedness of knowledge and learning as an interdisciplinary phenomenon.
Why Choose BU’s Undergraduate Degree Completion Program?
- Unique, online curriculum explores classical and contemporary areas of the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences
- Students acquire an understanding of literature and history through focused themes, and gain full proficiency in writing through individual and collaborative work
- Courses take a creative and manageable approach to academic subjects, like Food Stuff: A Taste of Biology; Exploring Philosophy through Film; and China, the Emerging Superpower: A Model for Development?
Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.
Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.
- 93% of employers agree that a candidates’ demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.
- 80% of employers agree that all students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.
- 55% of employers prefer a combination of field-specific knowledge and skills and a broad range of knowledge and skills.
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment
The Boston University online bachelor’s degree completion program consists of completing sixteen online courses.
METIS303 Moral Issues in Sports
Sports have come to play a central role within our culture and society. Athletes have come to be revered like god-like figures and have the salaries to prove it. For many people sports represent something very similar to a sort of religious devotion. But should sports play such a significant role in our lives? In this class we will consider the important role that sports play in shaping our culture and our values. In doing so we will also consider other questions: What counts as a sport? What is the point of sport? What happens when sports become more about money than competition and winning? Beginning with and answering these broader questions will help in evaluating other issues such as the usage of performance-enhancing drugs, the remuneration of college athletes, as well as racial and gender issues prevalent in sports today. By the end of the course, we should hope to become more cognizant of and sensitive to the role that sports play in our society. [4 credits]
METIS308 Exploring Philosophy through Film: Knowledge, Ethics, and Personal Identity
This introduction to philosophy revolves around selected films and related texts that provoke serious reflection on issues of knowledge, ethics, and personal identity. The main objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the nature of philosophical inquiry and analysis by exposing the student to specific philosophical problems and issues. By focusing on film as the visual and narrative medium in which these problems and issues emerge, the student will also consider the ways in which art can represent and embody philosophical questions, ideas, and positions. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking. [4 credits]
METIS312 Food Stuff: A Taste of Biology
This course, we will explore biological principles in the context of food. It will focus on biodiversity, evolution, biochemistry, symbioses, and humans in the biosphere. Students will be encouraged to make their own connections about the world of food by learning about biological interactions and relationships. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Scientific Inquiry I. [4 credits]
METIS325 Explorations in the Essay: History, Theory, Practice
The purpose of the course is threefold: first, to introduce students to a wide variety of essay forms, arranged historically and considered in historical context; second, to provide the opportunity to practice these forms and by imitating models to become more adept and polished writers of the essay, and finally, to explore the theory of the essay, by examining discussions among literary critics concerning the defining characteristics of the genre. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Writing-Intensive Course. [4 credits]
METIS327 The Meaning of America: People, Identity, and Conflict that Built a Nation
The course examines the philosophical underpinnings of what it means to be an American and the experiences of ordinary men and women in the making of modern America. It will look closely at the ideas of those who founded the nation and how this affected the idealism which became the American identity. The role of immigration, the change from agrarian to urban industrialized society, the growth and influence of labor unions, the shift of the U.S. from maker to buyer of goods and services, and how the ideological notion of what it means to be American evolved will be examined. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Social Inquiry I, Research and Information Literacy. [4 credits]
METIS333 Manipulating Life: The Ethics and Science of Biotechnology
This course will explore the science behind new technologies in biology, but it will also address the ethical questions that define and direct the application of these approaches, especially in humans. Students initially will be expected to master the basic biology of DNA, gene expression, and genomics. The course will require students to learn the basic components of ethical theory and apply them to living organisms in general and to human life in particular. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Ethical Reasoning. [4 credits]
METIS345 Rethinking the Classics: Contemporary Takes on the Canon
This interdisciplinary course pairs well-known "classic" texts with more contemporary, perhaps lesser-known works that, in one way or another, respond to the earlier examples. The course focuses on traditions (literary, cinematic, and so forth) to emphasize genre and cultural history, and, as one of its goals, moves toward discussions of aesthetics. The course will examine the timeless quality of any work we consider a "classic" and also challenge the idea of timelessness by thinking about dialogues that exist between centuries and cultures and art. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Writing-Intensive Course, Critical Thinking. [4 credits]
METIS350 Nature and the Divine in Myth, Literature, and Art
Over time and throughout cultures, human understanding of a divine presence, of a god or gods, has been intimately connected to our relationship with nature. This course introduces students to some of the world's mythic traditions, applying them to the enduring cultural issues surrounding humanity's relationship to nature and our role as stewards of the environment. The course will cover the Bible and classical mythology through the writings of Emerson and modern works such as Ceremony by Pueblo author Leslie Marmon Silko, and will explore nature and religion in art from Europe and America. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Writing-Intensive Course, Critical Thinking. [4 credits]
METIS360 Literature, Film, and the American Dream
TThis course will examine the nature of the American Dream through fiction, essays, poetry, autobiography, historical documents, and art. It will follow the Dream evolving from the Puritan fathers? desire for religious freedom to the Revolution's emphasis on political liberty, the 19th century's focus on self reliance, and the quest for the good life characteristic of the 20th century. At the same time, such characteristic thematic elements as the desire for equality and the maturation of the soul will be examined in terms of their impact on different permutations of the American Dream. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, The Individual in Community. [4 credits]
METIS362 Mathematics that Matter in the Twenty-first Century
In this course students will expand their knowledge of the mathematics of probability, algebraic thinking, geometry, and statistics, with a focus on contemporary developments and applications. The course will examine the applications of mathematics in contemporary contexts via readings and explorations. 4 cr [4 credits]
The Undergraduate Degree Completion Program seeks candidates for admission who are academically well qualified and professionally prepared to maximize this unique set of courses. The program is designed for mature and motivated adult learners who desire to complete their undergraduate liberal arts degree within a virtual community of similarly dedicated individuals. Candidates for admission should be ready to make a commitment to this selective program and participate in rigorous courses with students like themselves.
The admissions committee considers far more than prior academic records when selecting students that meet our ideals. While reviewing candidates, the committee will look for:
- Overall academic preparation
- A minimum of 52–64 transferable academic credits completed at one or more accredited colleges
- The equivalent of a freshman-level English writing course and a college-level course in mathematics or a related quantitative area
- Work/professional experience/activities indicating maturity and appropriate motivation
In addition, successful applicants will present a clear, well-written application essay as part of the formal application.
The admissions committee meets regularly and makes decisions on a rolling basis.
To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.