Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (Online)

The online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (UDCP) is a unique, completely online curriculum for those prepared to finish the second half of a bachelor’s degree. This distance education program provides an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree for working adults who meet Boston University’s selective admissions standards.

Students in the UDCP undertake a balanced curriculum of social science, humanities, and natural science courses. Two 7-week courses are offered sequentially by semester, offering a forum for active learning within a structured and participatory format. Students work with faculty and other students in sections of fewer than 20 students. Successful completion of the program will result in the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boston University’s Metropolitan College.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 connections between knowledge and learning as an interdisciplinary phenomenon.

Admissions Information

For current admissions information, please visit the Metropolitan College website.

Hub Requirements

All BU undergraduate students, including transfer students, will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, the University’s general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied in a number of ways, including coursework in and beyond the major as well as through cocurricular activities. Students in the UDCP will ordinarily, through the program curriculum, satisfy all BU Hub requirements.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 16 courses (64 credits), to include:

  • MET IS 303 Moral Issues in Sports
  • MET IS 308 Exploring Philosophy through Film: Knowledge, Ethics, and Personal Identity
  • MET IS 311 Disease Outbreaks, Epidemics, and Pandemics in Popular Culture
  • MET IS 312 Food Stuff: A Taste of Biology
  • MET IS 325 Explorations in the Essay: History, Theory, Practice
  • MET IS 327 The Meaning of America: People, Identity, and Conflict that Built a Nation
  • MET IS 333 Manipulating Life: The Ethics and Science of Biotechnology
  • MET IS 345 Rethinking the Classics: Contemporary Takes on the Canon
  • MET IS 350 Nature and the Divine in Myth, Literature, and Art
  • MET IS 360 Literature, Film, and the American Dream
  • MET IS 362 Mathematics that Matter in the 21st Century
  • MET IS 367 Jobs, Wages, and the Global Economy
  • MET IS 370 China, the Emerging Superpower: A Model for Development?
  • MET IS 380 Landscape, Climate, and Humans
  • MET IS 385 Interior and Exterior Landscapes: Understanding Native American Cultures
  • MET IS 419 American Traditional Music
  • MET IS 420 The Moral Self: Psychological, Religious, and Spiritual Perspectives
  • MET IS 421 The Art of Rhetoric in Life and Work
  • MET IS 450 Botany without Borders
  • MET IS 460 Romanticism and Its Offshoots: Countering the Enlightenment in Philosophical Literature and the Visual Arts
  • MET IS 470 Mysteries of Archaeology
  • MET IS 480 Physics of Motion: Something in the Way It Moves