Cross-College Challenge (XCC)

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All of the undergraduate schools and colleges at BU offer courses that fulfill BU Hub units. For a listing of these courses offered by a particular school or college, please visit the Bulletin section for that school or college. For a complete listing of all courses that carry Hub units, please visit the BU Hub website.

In addition to courses offered in the schools and colleges, there are other experiences that carry Hub units and have “HUB” as the college code, including the Cross-College Challenge (XCC), Hub cocurriculars, and Hub Study Abroad experiences. These offerings are listed below and reflect the Hub units fulfilled by them in the 2020/2021 academic year.

  • HUB XC 397: XCC Summer Intensive: Marketing for New Product Development and Sustainability
    Teams will design a prototype for a new portable water vessel, in consultation with BU Dining Services and sustainability@BU, that can serve as a centerpiece for BU's catered events. Teams will also develop a marketing plan to creatively promote their solution to the BU Community and beyond. As part of the marketing and product development process, teams will survey BU's peer institutions and other sustainability organizations for potential models. They will also investigate the carbon footprint of BU's current water bottle purchases and estimate the financial and environmental savings of introducing a new water solution. Effective Summer 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Research and Information Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • HUB XC 398: XCC Summer Intensive: Cross Cultural Perspectives in Global Health
    What does it mean when we talk about social isolation and stigma in Global health? What happens when a phrase like "Foreign Virus" is causally expressed through the media and countries are "blamed" for a pandemic? Students throughout the course will research ways cross-cultural perspectives can inform and counter false ideas about COVID-19 and help prevent further cultural stigma. The deliverables will highlight how to better inform the BU campus and its local Boston communities of COVID-19 and exemplify the need to look at health within a Global context. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • HUB XC 399: XCC Summer Intensive: Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
    Introduction to digital filmmaking is a course designed for students to use creativity, and teamwork to create digital media for businesses. Each student will complete four projects over the course for existing businesses including a commercial, video web content, a training video, and a documentary that tells of a business' history, culture, and artifacts. Topics include pre-production including casting, crew needs, storyboarding, and client interviews; on-location cinematography, lighting, and sound capture; and post-production including editing in Adobe Premiere (Available to BU students at no charge) as well as distribution. No prior experience in film production is required. Students will be able to use whatever camera is available to them, including a cell phone camera. If using a cell phone, it will be necessary to purchase a tripod (cost is under $30 for a base model). Effective Summer 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Creativity/Innovation, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • HUB XC 433: Cross-College Challenge (XCC) Projects
    The Cross-College Challenge (XCC) is a unique project-based learning experience in which interdisciplinary student teams from across BU's undergraduate colleges tackle real-world problems and develop marketable leadership, team work, and communication skills. Students from any major collaborate with both on and off campus sponsors exposing students to current challenges impacting BU and the City of Boston in areas such as arts management, technology, entrepreneurship, environmental justice, and beyond. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Teamwork/Collaboration, Creativity/Innovation, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • HUB XC 475: Spark! Innovation Fellowship Program
    The Spark! Innovation Fellowship program supports student innovators passionate about solving problems through technology. The course provides a structured process where students advance a technology project of their own creation, or an innovative solution for a problem sponsored by an external partner. The goal is to design, develop, and deploy a working prototype in one semester with the support of industry mentors. Students can participate as part of a pre-formed team or they can be assigned to a team. There are two participant tracks for each team: developers and designers. Effective Summer 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Creativity/Innovation, Research and Information Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Creativity/Innovation