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. For curated lists of Hub courses that focus on interdisciplinary themes of global significance, please view the BU Hub Pathways for Social & Racial Justice and for Environment & Society. For a listing of Hub courses in BU Study Abroad programs, please visit the BU Study Abroad 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), the Hub Social & Racial Justice course sequence, Hub cocurriculars, and Hub Study Abroad experiences. These offerings are listed below and reflect the Hub units fulfilled by them in the 2022/2023 academic year.

  • HUB XC 410: BU Cross-College Challenge Projects (WIN)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    Are you looking to take on a real-world challenge, build your collaboration, leadership, and written communication skills? Would you like to work with fellow students from across BU and with a community partner on an interesting and engaging project? Then the Cross-College Challenge (XCC) is for you! This particular course will focus on writing-intensive within the communication Hub area. Each semester there are exciting new courses offered in areas such as social equity, data science, sustainability, public health, and more. XCC courses are open to juniors and seniors from all schools and colleges at BU. For specific course offerings visit: bu.edu/xcc. Create-Communicate-Collaborate. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Teamwork/Collaboration, Creativity/Innovation, and Research and Information Literacy.
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Creativity/Innovation
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • HUB XC 420: BU Cross-College Challenge Projects (DME)
    Are you looking to take on a real-world challenge, build your collaboration, leadership, and multimedia communication skills? Would you like to work with fellow students from across BU and with a community partner on an interesting and engaging project? Then the Cross-College Challenge (XCC) is for you! This particular course will focus on digital-multimedia expression within the communication Hub area. Each semester there are exciting new courses offered in areas such as social equity, data science, sustainability, public health, and more. XCC courses are open to juniors and seniors from all schools and colleges at BU. For specific course offerings visit: bu.edu/xcc. Create-Communicate- Collaborate. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Teamwork/Collaboration, Creativity/Innovation, and Research and Information Literacy.
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • HUB XC 433: BU Cross-College Challenge Projects (OSC)
    Are you looking to take on a real-world challenge, build your collaboration, leadership, and communication skills? Would you like to work with fellow students from across BU and with a community partner on an interesting and engaging project? Then the Cross-College Challenge (XCC) is for you! This particular course will focus on oral/signed communication within the communication Hub area. Each semester there are exciting new courses offered in areas such as social equity, data science, sustainability, public health, and more. XCC courses are open to juniors and seniors from all schools and colleges at BU. For specific course offerings visit: bu.edu/xcc. Create-Communicate-Collaborate. 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