Undergraduate Academic Information
The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) provides free academic support services through a wide range of programs available to all students seeking a successful academic experience.
The AAC offers tutoring services available on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Assistance is available for many courses, and students are given individual instruction for specific course work. Professional and peer tutors assist students individually or in small groups in a variety of subjects including, but not limited to, writing, reading, math, science, fashion design, computer applications, and presentation skills. Online tutoring is also offered free of charge to all Lasell College students through the Academic Achievement Center. Papers or questions are submitted online, and feedback is returned in a timely fashion.
The AAC provides practical strategies for developing time management and study skills, improving note and test taking, reading, and writing research papers. Study groups are organized to allow students to share ideas, support one another, and prepare for tests. The AAC also maintains resources on the student intranet that provide tips on time management, test preparation, writing research papers, and more. The intranet also provides tutor schedules.
The Academic Achievement Center is located on the ground floor of the Brennan Library, and is open Monday Friday.
All students at Lasell College are assigned an academic advisor who assists with academic issues, guides them through their transition to college life at Lasell, and helps them prepare for the world after Lasell. Academic advising is a teaching and learning process that engages advisor and student in an ongoing relationship focused on helping the student connect higher education with educational, career and life goals. Advising promotes active student participation and supports intellectual and personal development toward academic success. Advisors often identify additional resources available to students to help solve problems or meet specific needs. These resources may include the Center for Academic Achievement, Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Career Services, Residential Life, the Health and Counseling Center, and the Center for Spiritual Life. The advantage of attending a small institution is the personalized approach provided. There is a network of faculty and staff ready to work with students to help them meet their full potential.
Upon arrival, new students are assigned to a professional advisor according to their major. In the second year, if students have a declared major, they will be assigned a faculty advisor from that major's academic advising team in the summer prior to their second year. If they are enrolled as undeclared students, they will be assigned a new advisor in the summer prior to their second year or during their second year. Students meet with their advisors regularly during scheduled advising appointments and during open office hours throughout the semester.
Learn more about academic advising here.
Internships across the curriculum are a critical part of the College's connected learning philosophy. Internships (also known as practica, clinicals, and student teaching) serve several purposes. They help students:
- Apply coursework knowledge to a non-academic setting
- Learn/strengthen technical, professional, interpersonal, and work performance skills
- Demonstrate strong work ethic in a professional setting
- Explore and refine career choices
- Enhance and develop professional skills
- Network with professionals in the field
- Enhance marketability for employment
- Prepare for future graduate school education
- Work with diverse populations
Each academic major's internship practices are designed to meet licensure, certification, and professional requirements and expectations, and, thus, internships differ across departments. In every major, internships are an integral component of a comprehensive program, which includes course preparation, the internship work experience, mentoring, guided supervision, and reflection. Internship requirements can range anywhere from 120 to 400 hours in a semester. Some majors, such as Human Services, Sociology, Psychology, Athletic Training, and Education require more than one internship.
Lasell’s curriculum offers the flexibility to enable students in most majors to reduce the time it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree to 3 or 3½ years. By planning early in consultation with an academic advisor, students can explore several possibilities for accelerating their progress towards the degree. These options may include taking up to 18 credits in several semesters with no extra charges, earning additional credits during online summer and January sessions with substantially reduced tuition charges, and/or earning credit for previously acquired knowledge by taking the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam. In addition, some students may apply college credits earned from Advanced Placement high school courses or from high school dual enrollment programs.
Lasell College is Accredited by:
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges
The Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (Criminal Justice program)
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Every student at Lasell completes her or his undergraduate education with an intellectually rigorous academic experience that brings together knowledge and skills learned in the major, while providing a bridge to the profession. Although the experience may vary in some of the details according to major, it usually consists of some combination of internship experience, research project, seminar, and independent study completed during the senior year. Through a variety of connected-learning projects and activities, students have the opportunity to apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills gained and developed in the major program of study, as well as through the general education core curriculum requirements. The capstone experience emphasizes skills in writing, speaking, research, and information literacy, as well as in use of technology, as appropriate to individual majors and professions. Above all else, student work in the capstone experience demonstrates preparedness for the demands and requirements for success in his or her chosen profession.
The Center for Academic Advising and First Year Programs provides a centralized location for all first-year students' academic advising services. Located in Bancroft House, the Center for Academic Advising is open throughout the entire day every weekday. In addition, the Center oversees all academic advising for undergraduate students, and serves as an additional resource for students and faculty. The Center for Academic Advising and First Year Programs provides additional services for first-year students including First Year Seminar Peer Mentoring and Peer Advising. The Center aims to help students succeed as productive members of the Lasell College community.
Learn more about the Center for Academic Advising and First Year Programs here.
The Lasell College Center for Community-Based Learning provides support and opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community organizations to engage in mutually beneficial projects to help drive the College's mission of civic engagement. Community involvement deepens academic learning; promotes values of citizenship; provides practical, project-focused experience; and develops initiatives that make a direct and lasting contribution to local communities and society. The Center works with students and faculty to design and implement community service-learning projects as an integral component of the connected learning philosophy at Lasell College, and the Center provides service leadership training across campus to help students increase their communication effectiveness, understanding of diversity, self-awareness, accountability, and ability to meet challenges with creativity and resourcefulness.
Students and faculty engage in a wide range of service including: tutoring in public schools, supporting agencies serving victims of domestic violence; providing tax assistance for Greater Boston residents; building and/or renovating low-income homes in the United States and Mexico; becoming stewards of the environment both locally and in Ecuador; mentoring underserved youth; providing service through fashion; visiting with the elderly; promoting voter registration; and raising awareness and resources for pressing local and global issues such as health pandemics, poverty, and natural disasters. Important on-going programs include: literacy and math tutoring (America Reads & Counts), an Alternative Spring Break focused on addressing community needs in a selected state, early college awareness mentoring, and mentoring for children affected by domestic violence.
The Lasell College Fall and Spring Connected Learning Symposia include presentations, displays, exhibitions, and performances involving both traditional Lasell and Lasell Village students. Launched in the Spring of 2002, the Symposia showcase students' academic work within a connected learning environment. These end-of-semester events gather the Lasell community in celebration of the collaborative accomplishments of students and faculty, helping to further establish the relevance of teaching and learning beyond the walls of the classroom. The week-long Spring symposium culminates with Runway, undergraduate and senior fashion shows.
Course Numbers. The numbering system used to identify the course offerings described hereafter is based on a division into the following levels:
100 Introductory courses, survey courses, Core Curriculum Courses; only courses numbered 101 or higher are counted toward the student's degree, either as requirements or electives
200 Secondary level courses focusing on specific genres or periods, application of theory courses, and associate degree internships
300 Advanced level courses emphasizing synthesis of information based on broader foundations and applications of knowledge
400 Advanced seminars and baccalaureate degree internships
190 Independent or Directed Study at the 100 level
290 Independent or Directed Study at the 200 level
390 Independent or Directed Study at the 300 level
490 Independent or Directed Study at the 400 level
700 Graduate Course level
Credit values for courses are indicated to the right of the course number.
Students who wish to apply for Independent or Directed Study should consult with the appropriate department chair before April 1 for the following fall semester or December 1 for the following spring semester.
Each course description identifies the prerequisite work a student should have completed before enrolling in the course. In cases of special interest, students may request the permission of the instructor or department chair to enroll in courses for which they have not completed the designated prerequisite.
More Information: Undergraduate Course Descriptions
International and other students admitted to Lasell College who require English as a Second Language (ESL) support will be assessed for appropriate placement based on TOEFL scores, individual conferences, and/or the English placement exam and course sequence into Level 1 or Level 2. Each level places the students into a supportive structure with special attention to the individual student's level of language acquisition (see Course Descriptions), structured ESL tutoring, and support for transition to the American culture and American system of higher education.
Structured ESL Tutoring:
Students will be assigned to the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) during specific times when an ESL specialist, Conversation Partners, Communication Tutors and/or other tutors are available to provide individualized attention to language acquisition needs. Students can elect to use the ACC more than the structured three-hour time block.
Support for Students Transition to the American Culture and Lasell College:
In order to ensure that all students in the program have easy access to an academic advisor, follow the appropriate course sequences and make best use of available services, students will be assigned to an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center for the first year. The advisor will monitor students' progress and address needs as they arise while helping new students learn to navigate resources at Lasell College.
Since all new students at Lasell College enroll in First Year Seminar, FYS 103, during their first semester, new students in the ESL program select a special section of FYS, entitled American Culture: Myths & Realities, to help make a smooth transition into the Lasell College community as well as to American culture. This is accomplished through engaging activities involving reading, discussion, working on team projects, in-class activities, and other explorations of the myths and realities of American culture. This seminar-based course will take a historical approach to how the American culture and the United States have been portrayed in popular domestic and international media throughout the past century. In particular, students will investigate the continuities and changes in these representations through multiple perspectives, including each other's. Through a multi-disciplinary approach students will reach a better understanding of myths and realities of American culture in the past and the present.
The Fifth Year Option at Lasell College allows undergraduate students with high academic standing to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in as little as five years.
Students may qualify to pursue a Master of Education in Elementary Education (M.Ed Elementary), a Master of Education in Moderate Disabilities (M.Ed. Moderate Disabilities) a Master of Science in Communication (MSC), Master of Science in Management (MSM), or a Master of Science in Sport Management (MSSM) with approximately one additional year of study.
Learn more about the Fifth Year Option at Lasell College.
The First Year Seminar (FYS) is part of the Core Curriculum and a requirement for all incoming first year students and transfer students with fewer than 15 credits. The First Year Seminar is a theme-based inquiry course that engages students in a specific area of interest while providing support for a smooth transition into the Lasell College community and the Connected Learning philosophy. Through studying an academic topic, students develop and apply core intellectual skills and receive an introduction to the core knowledge perspectives. At the same time, students connect to the experiences and people that make up the Lasell College Community. Course outcomes are accomplished through engaging activities including reading, writing, class discussions, presentations, team projects, field trips, and exploration of campus resources. Civic engagement and service-learning activities are often part of this course as is participation in the Connected Learning Symposium. Through the seminar, students develop close ties with faculty and peer mentors who serve as advocates for first year students' academic success. Past course titles have included: Challenging Hollywood: Thinking Critically about Movies, Exploring Activism-Changing Our World, Let Us Rock, Pets: Our Perfect Companion, The Meaning of Dress, The “Reality” of Relationships, The Spark of Creativity, The Witch in History and Pop Culture, Women and Sports, and Zombies, Vampires and Revolutionaries. This requirement may be fulfilled by taking either FYS 103 or HON 101 (for students enrolled in Honors Program).
FYS103 - First Year Seminar
First Year Seminar (FYS) is a theme-based inquiry course that provides the foundational experience of a Lasell education for students. Through studying an academic topic, students develop and apply core intellectual skills and receive an introduction to the core knowledge perspectives. At the same time, students connect to the experiences and people that make up the Lasell College Community. Course outcomes are accomplished through engaging activities including reading, writing, class discussions, presentations, team projects, field trips, service learning, and exploration of campus resources. Past course titles have included: Challenging Hollywood: Thinking Critically about Movies, Exploring Activism-Changing Our World, Let Us Rock, Pets: Our Perfect Companion, The Meaning of Dress, The “Reality” of Relationships, The Spark of Creativity, The Witch in History and Pop Culture, Women and Sports, and Zombies, Vampires and Revolutionaries. This requirement may be fulfilled by taking either FYS 103 or HON 101.X
A Lasell College education is grounded in the opportunities to learn in professional settings that best prepare students for their careers. The Holway Child Study Centers at Lasell-- the Rockwell Nursery School and the Barn -- serve as laboratory schools on campus where students apply the skills and knowledge of many of the different majors offered at the College.
The Honors Program offers an intensive setting for intellectual and social development and provides a range of academic and professional benefits, including close work with individual faculty and collaborative work with highly motivated peers in many majors.
The Program strives to foster independent thinking and social responsibility, enthusiasm for intellectual inquiry and learning, and an appreciation for the power and relevance of ideas. It maximizes engagement with Lasell hallmarks - student-centered teaching and connected learning - through a mix of discussions, field explorations, customized research projects, leadership training, and community-based service.
The Honors Program aims to produce interdisciplinary thinkers and problem-solvers with a critical moral sensibility. Students gain the skill to research problems and approach solutions from a number of angles as they develop the leadership strategies to organize action and implement solutions.
In addition, the Honors Program provides many benefits, including an intensive setting for development of oral and written communication skills, critical thinking, leadership training through team-building, service-learning and community-based projects, opportunities for internships, conferences, seminars and professional networking through National and Regional Honors Associations, and formal recognition including Honors designation on the student transcript.
Designation as a Lasell Honors student represents a high level of academic achievement and unique accomplishments that demonstrate initiative and responsibility.
The objectives of the Honors Program are consistent with the educational objectives of the College, but designed for highly motivated students to work more intensively and creatively to achieve the following:
- To improve writing skills
- To improve oral communication and presentation skills
- To work collaboratively with peers
- To approach issues from an interdisciplinary perspective
- To connect theory to practice by completing a community-based project
- To demonstrate leadership skills through community service
Overview of Program Requirements
Courses: Honors students take four Honors courses, one each year at the College. Components: In addition, each year they select a project in one of their regular non-Honors courses, converting that project into an "Honors Component" conducted for Honors credit (four Components total).
This "4 Course + 4 Component" sequence is designed to blend with any student's major, minor and set of interests.
Honors students entering the College in Fall 2011 and after must maintain a GPA above 3.5. Students who entered the Honors Program before Fall 2011 must maintain a GPA above 3.0.
Four Honors Courses
Each year, students take one course available only to Honors students.
||Honors Colloquium||HON 101 (3 credits)|
|Sophomore year||Honors Leadership||HON 205 (3 credits)|
|Junior year||Honors Seminar||HON 305 (3 credits)|
|Senior year||Honors Capstone||HON 401 (1 credit; year-long)|
Each year, students work with a professor to customize a project in one of their regular courses, converting that course into an "Honors Component." Typically, students will undertake Honors Components in the semesters they are not taking an Honor Course (listed above). Components represent a customized education; each component may be designed by the student and professor to deepen knowledge of course subject matter, to apply subject matter of the course to the student's major or career goals, or to sharpen skills the student would like to hone.
Two Components must be in courses at the 200 level or above.
Honors Writing: Students who qualify for Honors Writing (ENG 101/102) may count one of these courses as a Component for the Honors Program. (Students must place into Honors Writing classes independently of admission into the Honors Program.)
Other Component options may be offered. Honors students are notified of options through the Registrar and the Honors Director. Guidelines and sample Components are available from the Honors Director.
Continuing Eligibility Requirements
Students must pass all Honors courses and components with a grade of C or better. Students who began the program prior to Fall 2011 must maintain a 3.0 overall cumulative average to continue in the Honors Program. Students who enter the program Fall 2011 and after must maintain a 3.5 overall cumulative average to continue in the Honors Program. If they are unable to do this, they may be placed on "Honors Probation" for one semester. If they demonstrate eligibility at the end of that semester, in consultation with the Honors Program Director, they will regain good standing in the Honors Program.
Our approach to technology is based on the College's philosophy of connected learning, infusing the classroom environment with the most current systems, web sites, and social media. Lasell integrates technology and multimedia systems throughout the curriculum and community to support students' academic and co-curricular endeavors. All campus classrooms are equipped with technology to support an engaging, interactive learning environment. Industry specific software and systems are available in the computer labs, and students utilize these systems in their course projects. The Technology Help Desk is located on the ground floor of Brennan Library and Help Desk staff provide 24/7 support services for students, faculty and staff. Our high-speed wireless network covers all residence halls and classrooms as well as most public areas throughout the campus.
International service-learning at Lasell College involves credit-bearing coursework coupled with a one to two week community service field experience, working "shoulder-to-shoulder" with community members in another country. Lasell has offered programs in Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua, and most recently, in Antigua, Ecuador, Belize, Uganda, and Vietnam. For the experience in Antigua, students spend time supporting learners with special needs through a one-week pre-practicum experience in three of Antigua’s primary schools. This program is offered during the winter break in partnership with Perkins School for the Blind and was developed in conjunction with the Officer for Special Education for Antigua’s Ministry of Education. In Ecuador, students participate in Environmental Service Learning. Students have explored the rich culture of Ecuador while helping to protect the country's biologically diverse environment. The January trip entails a 10-day on-the-ground study of and service related to the environment in Ecuador. The Belize experience has focused on ecotourism. Students study a holistic approach to planning and tourism development, reviewing standard industry practices and processes. In May, students traveled to Belize to view, research, and participate in a newly developing ecotourism system. The May program in Uganda has offered students the opportunity to work with rural schoolchildren to improve their performance on national tests, as well as to present relevant workshops to the local community. Lasell's partnership in eastern Uganda with the Arlington Academy of Hope has focused on education, public health, and small business development. Students traveling to Vietnam study the history and culture of Vietnam in addition to learning about economics and business development in a developing country. The field experience in January includes working with the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, Project RENEW, and the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi, in cooperation with the Indochina Arts Partnership in Wellesley, Mass.
The Jessie S. Brennan Library contains a collection of more than 60,000 items, and through the library webpage, provides access to over 80 databases that include 31,140 text journals, along with e-books and e-journals. As a member of the Minuteman Library Network, the library shares resources with 42 libraries, including six academic libraries. This allows us to provide easy access to over six million items, all searchable through a shared online catalog.
The reference staff assists students with their research and provides access to additional resources elsewhere. In order to train students on how to use this wealth of information, there is a library lab for hands-on library instruction. Students receive assistance and training in classes and at the reference desk.
There are over 60 computer workstations, along with printers and scanners located throughout the library, which also houses the Winslow Archives, a Curriculum Library, and several study rooms. The library is open 92.5 hours a week during the regular academic year.
Lasell's Early Action Partnership for Student Success (LEAPS), led by a faculty-staff LEAPS Committee, enhances and coordinates the academic warning system to support academic advising. In addition to the individual conferences that occur informally between students and faculty, several formal mechanisms are also in place. These mechanisms are important advising tools that create opportunities for students, especially first-year students, to discuss their academic progress and explore appropriate resources such as classroom faculty, academic advisors, the center for Academic Achievement, and the Counseling Center. Students who receive a LEAPS notice via email are asked to speak with their advisor as soon as possible to resolve the issue.
The Lasell curriculum builds upon the concept of "connected learning," which combines breadth in the arts and sciences, professional/technical coursework, and educational projects that tackle real issues. Connected learning refers to explorations of issues, problems, and events through in- and out-of-classroom activities and projects. Lasell College strives for students to be so engaged with academic subject matter that learning itself matters to them in ways that go beyond meeting course requirements and earning grades. We thereby emphasize the idea of Lasell students being productive versus consumptive learners as they become committed simultaneously to a successful and rewarding career, an ongoing life of intellectual exploration, and active citizenship. Through course-based projects, internships, clinical experiences, and on- site training, all of Lasell's degree-granting programs center on students' understanding of the value of their academic work as they prepare to become imaginative and ethical practitioners in their chosen professions.
In support of its commitment to connected learning, Lasell has created several on-campus opportunities for linking classroom and professional experience. For instance, students across the curriculum work with experienced teachers and children at our on-site Child Study Centers. The Athletic Training students work with Lasell athletes in a state-of-the-art training facility. The Fashion program brings experts from a wide variety of companies and organizations to campus to interact with our Fashion majors. Students plan, organize and produce an annual departmental fashion show during the spring semester that highlights student- designed garments; additionally students are active throughout the year working on industry related events with various organizations in the greater Boston area. Lasell College Radio engages Communication majors as well as students across the curriculum in hands- on media production, as does The 1851Chronicle, the College's student newspaper, and Polished, which is becoming one of Boston's premier fashion, culture, and trends magazines. Criminal Justice and Legal Studies students learn about the court system through participation in Mock Trials. Our Exercise Science Lab allows students to practice and master assessment and rehabilitative techniques as they learn them in class. At the College's annual Fall and Spring Connected Learning Symposia, students showcase their academic accomplishments in a professional conference-like setting.
The College experience aids students in forming a view of life, and this includes understanding not only the requirements of a successful professional career but also the positive contribution one can make as an active community member and global citizen. Lasell's Center for Community-Based Learning provides opportunities for volunteer work as well as course-based community service-learning projects, including a variety of domestic and international service learning trips. Lasell's Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life fosters awareness of the importance of civility and active participation in the creation of a civil society. The Institute sponsors various events and programs in support of its mission.
Lasell College is known nationally for its living-learning retirement community, Lasell Village. Although Lasell Village is among a growing number of College-affiliated retirement communities in the country, it is the first to feature a formal, individualized, required continuing education program for its residents. The Village provides a host of intergenerational learning opportunities. Lasell College students can work and learn at Lasell Village in a variety of program related internships, as well as interact with Lasell Village residents on campus in classes, at College events, and by working collaboratively on a variety of on or off-campus projects.
Lasell College academics are designed to provide a supportive and empowering environment for every student. A low student to faculty ratio ensures close attention to varying learning styles. The academic advising system focuses upon and fosters the development of personal initiative and decision-making; the advisor serves as a facilitator and a guide, helping the student to make choices rather than making choices for the student. There are many additional support services offered at the College to facilitate student learning, as well as ensure the quality of co-curricular life, and academic and professional planning. These include the Academic Achievement Center (AAC), Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Career Services, Residential Life, the Health and Counseling Center, and The Center for Spiritual Life. Connected learning beyond the curriculum also includes a wealth of opportunities for leadership development and participation in organizations and College activities.
The goal of the Lasell Plan of Education is to provide educationally sound and engaging opportunities for each student to realize his or her fullest potential. Lasell College students graduate with an enriched sense of the contribution they can make in their profession and their community, enhanced confidence in their ability to learn and grow, and an eagerness to meet the challenges they will face throughout their personal and professional lives.
Linked-Credits are one credit experiences linked to a host course, involving work in an area that is tied to the classroom experience. Linked-Credits provide connected learning opportunities in areas that support the mission of the College and that often tie into the work of various Centers at the College.
There are four possible Linked Credit options:
For this credit, students do 15 to 20 hours of service learning with an agency off campus, coupled with reflection on the social justice issues related to the service agency.
Examples of work that students might do include being a tutor for America Reads, America Counts, or ACES Early College Awareness Program, helping build trails through a nature preserve, being a peer mentor in a local recreation program, or developing a website or planning an event for a non-profit agency.
Social Justice Activism (SJA)
For this credit, students participate in activities specifically aimed at promoting social justice and which act to address issues of justice by raising awareness or advocating for change.
Examples of work that students might do include petitioning, lobbying, participating in or organizing a march or protest, or doing voter education/registration.
Research Across the Curriculum (RAC)
For this credit, students conduct a research project that extends an area of study in the host course.
Examples of work that students might do include completing a content analysis of a particular aspect of the media, surveying and analyzing student opinions on a political issue, or conducting an experiment on social behavior.
Intergenerational Studies (IGS)
For this credit, students design and complete a project that compares some aspect of thought or behavior across individuals of different ages.
Examples of work that students might do include writing an in-depth paper on parenting practices or work habits across different generations, gathering narratives of children's and adolescents' best friends, or examining changes in an artist's work across his/her lifetime.
As part of the academic advising process, course instructors issue progress reports at approximately the mid-point of each semester, by a deadline determined by the Registrar. Students receive a "Gd" ("Good") when they are evaluated at the time to be doing work at a grade level of B or above; they receive an "S" ("Satisfactory") when they are evaluated at the time to be doing work between a grade of C and B-; and they receive a "WA" (Warning) when they are evaluated at the time to be doing work at a grade level of C or below. Students who are freshman-standing or sophomore-standing will receive progress reports in-person from their advisor. Students who are junior-standing or senior-standing may access their progress report through Self-Service. In an effort to support Lasell's "green" initiative, the Registrar distributes the progress reports and warning notices electronically to academic advisors in the form of a PDF. After meeting with freshman and sophomore students, advisors may either forward the PDF to the student, or may print a hard copy for the student's record. Mid-term progress reports are indications of progress at points-in-time. They are to be understood as prompts for working constructively to do the best work possible in a course; they are not, in any way, indications of what a student will earn for a final course grade.
The mission of Lasell College's Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life is to foster awareness of the importance of a civil society and to create sensitivity to the moral dimensions of choices individuals make. To this end, the Donahue Institute sponsors forums and workshops that not only augment but also extend beyond classroom experience. Overall, the Donahue Institute seeks to help raise awareness of social issues and our responsibility as members of different communities, both locally and globally. The Donahue Institute collaborates with faculty to provide programming that connects classroom learning to the wider community. Students are actively involved in initiating and planning Donahue-sponsored events.
Each fall the Donahue Institute hosts a Donahue Distinguished Scholar, who leads discussion in different classes, meets with students and faculty informally and gives a public lecture. Other regular programs such as the "Student Voices" series involve students in panel discussions and debates, and a film series forms the basis for discussion around issues of race, gender and other social themes. Every semester, the Donahue Institute sponsors lectures or debates on various local and global issues such as hunger and genocide, domestic violence, crime, military intervention, and international trade policies. The Donahue Institute also works with students to encourage civic engagement, including voting and student activism. The Donahue Institute collaborates with faculty to provide programming that connects classroom learning to the wider community. Students are actively involved in initiating and planning Donahue-sponsored events.
The RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), located on the ground floor of Brennan Library, engages faculty in identifying and implementing learning-centered strategies for teaching in face-to-face, web-enhanced, and online environments. The TLC provides workshops and consultation in using academic technology and web-based resources, evaluating teaching effectiveness and student learning, and assessing academic programs, and collaborative professional development. The Center also supports undergraduate and graduate students through classroom-based and one-on-one workshops related to course topics. An internal website provides resources and tutorials for faculty and students.
Established in 2001, the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for older adults through research, community partnerships, and teaching focused on aging, lifelong learning, and intergenerational exchange.
Located at Lasell Village, the Center hosts conferences, lectures, and other events which address issues related to aging and intergenerational relations. The Center also facilitates research studies initiated by members of the Lasell College community and provides research support to scholars and groups from outside the College community who wish to explore aging issues.
The Center sponsors the Talk of Ages website, a web resource for integrating aging content and intergenerational activities into college classes.
Service-learning, a form of connected learning, is both an action-oriented teaching method and an educational philosophy. Through public service projects, students apply classroom material to address real life challenges and social justice issues in and beyond the Lasell campus. Typically, service-learning projects are developed in response to a community need and are undertaken with a non-profit organization. Assignments include students' preparation for and engagement in service, as well as reflection on the service experience, particularly as that experience relates to larger social structures, US culture, and global relationships. In addition to service-learning course projects and service-learning internships, students may also elect the Linked Credit Service-Learning Option (SVL 115, 215, 315, or 415) that is offered in selected courses. Students register early in the semester after the instructor presents this option. To earn a linked credit, which receives a separate grade, students conduct public service projects combined with an academic assignment, which could take the form of essays, reports, journals, oral presentations, portfolios, or other creative products as determined by the instructor. A linked credit service-learning selection is an attractive feature on a student's academic transcript. A student who completes three linked credit options receives credit for a three-credit arts and sciences or unrestricted elective. See the course description section of the catalog for further information and restrictions.
Lasell College is an institution committed to fostering a learning environment where students strive for excellence. Lasell College provides appropriate and reasonable accommodations to ensure that no student is discriminated against on the basis of his/her disability. Students with disabilities are very capable individuals who experience some kind of challenge that may call for reasonable accommodations to foster success in the classroom. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the College provides accommodations for eligible students with documented disabilities to afford equal access to educational programs and services.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), "disability" is "having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities." Lasell College also accepts the definition of "learning disability", defined in Public Law 94-142, as a "disorder in one or more of the basic processes involved in understanding and using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations."
All disability accommodations are determined on an individual basis, making use of submitted comprehensive disability documentation as well as confidential consultation with the student. The determined accommodations may differ from those previously provided to a student, as the accommodations must appropriately address the current impact of the disability on the student's performance and the anticipated functional impact within a collegiate setting. Disability Services helps all students fully access the academic, residential and social aspects of student life at Lasell College.
Lasell College ensures FERPA compliance, and therefore all documentation submitted will remain confidential. It is the student's responsibility to disclose a learning disability, and it is up to the student to continue the accommodation process by communicating his/her needs to the faculty. Lasell College recognizes the right of the student to determine who receives disability-related information, as well as the right to confidentiality.
Lasell encourages students to study abroad and/or do internships abroad. Study abroad helps students gain independence, maturity and confidence. It broadens the educational experience through knowledge of another country and culture, and gives a new perspective on the world and on the USA. Study abroad can entail a semester of coursework at a foreign university, an international internship, or international service-learning. Lasell has a home-school tuition model - this means that students studying abroad through one of our affiliate programs are regarded as full-time Lasell students and pay Lasell tuition, fees, room and board. Financial aid is awarded as if the student is full-time and living in residence at Lasell. Because students maintain full-time enrollment, financial aid is portable - including State and Federal aid (excluding work-study), Lasell scholarships such as the Presidential scholarship, Service, Donahue and Leadership scholarships and other institutional aid.
Lasell College students have the option of studying abroad through an affiliate study abroad program that includes over 90 institutions in approximately 40 countries. The Lasell Study Abroad Program recently expanded to include two new partnership programs. The Lasell College/Franklin College partnership provides a unique, one-semester international experience for students at both institutions. Franklin College is located on a hillside above Lugano, Switzerland, the principal city of Switzerland's southernmost Italian-speaking region of Ticino. Located just 45 minutes from Italy's fashion capital of Milan, Franklin College is the perfect location for Lasell students to study a variety of disciplines from a cross-cultural perspective. Franklin College also affords Lasell students with a unique opportunity to participate in a mandatory two-week academic travel program to another country in the world. This is included at no additional cost. The Franklin College academic travel programs allow students to visit an array of places around the globe ranging from the nearby Swiss Alps, to the deserts of Namibia. The program is open to students in all majors, with specially designed opportunities for International Business majors, for Lasell students studying at Franklin. Franklin College students can travel to Lasell to study in a variety of disciplines, with specially designed opportunities in Fashion.
The Lasell College/Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) partnership provides Lasell students in Business, Communication, Education, Graphic Design, Hospitality, and Sport Management majors with a unique opportunity to directly enroll in an Irish university that, like Lasell, believes that practical experience should be an integral part of the collegiate learning experience. The College has two campuses: the main campus is based in Letterkenny, the commercial hub and largest city in the County Donegal, a region in the Northwest of Ireland that is often seen as being a bastion of Gaelic language and culture. The second, smaller campus, is located in Killybegs, a picturesque fishing town that is also Ireland's premier seaport. It is at this campus that specially designed programs in tourism and culinary studies have been created for Lasell Hospitality and Event Management students. In addition to studying major-specific coursework, students can also choose from a variety of Irish cultural classes such as Irish History & Heritage, Irish Cultural Studies, or Gaelic Language. LYIT students also have the opportunity to travel to Lasell for semester study abroad in all of the above majors.
The typical timing for semester-long study abroad is during the fall semester of the junior year, or the spring semester, if there are compelling reasons (such as fall athletics) why a student cannot go in the fall semester. Study abroad is not allowed during the freshman year or during spring of the student's final semester at the College. Under certain circumstances, students with an exceptional academic record may be allowed to study abroad during their sophomore year, if this better fits the needs of their academic program, and if their academic advisor approves their application. Only students with an overall GPA of 2.5 are allowed to study abroad; several programs abroad require a higher GPA than 2.5. Falling out of good academic standing after applying to a study abroad program renders students ineligible to study abroad, and students must then assume responsibility for any nonrefundable costs that may have been incurred in setting up the experience. Students interested in study abroad should notify their academic advisors to begin academic planning at the end of their freshman year or the start of their sophomore year. Once the student and their academic advisor have determined the general plan for study abroad, the student should meet with the Director of International Services and pick up a Study Abroad application packet. The Office of International Service is located in the Arnow Campus Center on the 2nd Floor in Room 212.
Learn more about student experiences with Lasell's Study Abroad program.
Lasell College offers online undergraduate courses during two summer sessions. These courses provide undergraduates with an opportunity to earn credits so that they can stay on track for their intended graduation date if they have, for some reason, fallen behind in credits, or students can accelerate their degree program by earning credits over the summer. Many summer courses will fulfill General Education requirements; some may fulfill major requirements; and some may be taken as unrestricted electives. Students may also complete internship requirements during the summer, earning credits for professional work on-site and course work online; please see individual department internship requirements.