Academic Concentration

Certain departments and programs offer an “academic concentration” option. Students who are pursuing an Associate in Arts and Science transfer degree may elect to complete such a concentration for notation on their transcripts and diplomas.

The academic concentration shows that the student has spent the time and effort to acquire depth in a particular discipline, in addition to meeting BC’s normal breadth of requirements. The “concentration” discipline may be the student’s intended major at a baccalaureate institution or it may simply be a topic he or she is interested in studying in depth.

A student is eligible to apply for an academic concentration if:

  • the department has been approved to offer the concentration option (check the departmental list below);
  • the student is pursuing an Associate in Arts and Science transfer degree; and
  • the student submits an application approved by the program chair of the department.

Students must complete 20 credit hours in the concentration discipline as determined by the program. These credits will apply to the electives portion of the Associate in Arts and Science transfer degree, with a maximum of 5 credits used to satisfy BC’s basic skills and distribution requirements.

When a student satisfies the Associate in Arts and Sciences and the concentration requirements, her/his degree designation reads "Associate in Arts and Sciences with a Concentration in …" (for example, Associate in Arts and Sciences with a Concentration in Music).

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Programs with an Academic Concentration:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Criminal Justice
  • Communication Studies
  • Cultural & Ethnic Studies
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre Arts/Drama

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