Lasell College offers Teacher Education programs in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. Students in elementary education select one of four majors in Arts and Sciences with an elementary education concentration. Students in Secondary Education select a major of History or English. Students in early childhood education major in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Early Childhood Education Concentration.
Each major promotes Lasell’s Connected Learning approach to education through its supportive learning environment, its strong student-faculty relationships, and with professional internships. The course work is based on an Arts and Sciences program integrated into a professional teacher preparation program.
Students in the Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education Programs will need to progress through the following two-stage process. Each stage must be satisfactorily completed before progressing to the next stage.
Students must demonstrate the potential for teaching children. They must maintain at least a 2.75 or higher GPA and must receive passing scores on the Communication & Literacy section of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure by the end of the sophomore year, or 60 credit hours.
In order to enter their senior practicum, students must pass the Communication and Literacy section and the appropriate subject matter tests of MTEL and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.
Students in early childhood education major in Interdisciplinary Studies This program prepares students for Massachusetts Department of Education requirements for Initial Licensure for children in pre-school through grade 2 with and without special needs. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in an Arts and Sciences major with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.
Students in elementary education select one of four majors in Arts and Sciences with an elementary education concentration: English, Humanities, Interdisciplinary, or Mathematics/Science. These majors prepare students for Massachusetts Department of Education requirements for Initial Licensure for children in grades 1–6. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in an Arts and Sciences major with a concentration in Elementary Education.
Students completing a secondary education concentration major in either History or English. These majors prepare students for Massachusetts Department of Education requirements for Initial Licensure to teach English or History in grades 8-12. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in either History or English with a concentration in Secondary Education.
The communication professions require skills in written and oral communication, as well as facility with a broad range of information, knowledge, and technology. The communication major is designed to provide students with a solid theoretical foundation in the broad field of communication along with a practical orientation to at least one specific area of professional specialization. The foundation is comprised of a combination of liberal arts and core communication courses, while a choice of electives focus students on specific career-oriented specialties in the fields of writing, broadcasting, graphic art, web-based communication, marketing and promotions, and the study of theatre and film. Courses in video production and radio may be taken as program electives
The English major is designed to provide students with exposure to the diverse content areas involved in the study of English. Students are encouraged to consider different ways to conceptualize the study of English and to focus on language as art, as communication, and as a reflection of culture.
Through required courses, students gain familiarity with major topics in literature and language and gain experience with different modes of written communication. Electives in English allow students to pursue particular spheres of interest in the field. During the senior year, students complete an internship in an area related to the study of English and complete a research project in a subject of interest. In all course work there is an emphasis on the development of sophisticated writing skills.
The major helps students to prepare for careers that involve oral and written communication as well as the analysis of language and literature.
Historians study change over time. Their purview covers all aspects of human experience. History is informed by all of the social sciences and by developments in the arts and literature. The foundation requirements in this major provide students with an overview of the field, with additional courses providing more depth in study of particular areas in both hemispheres. Courses required outside history help students to understand various interpretive approaches in order to expand their own historical insights. Students who major in history will receive extensive training in research skills and will enhance their writing abilities.
The major in history helps prepare students for careers as professional historians or as high school educators. The major also offers excellent preparation for those who choose to enter the law as a profession. The training that the student receives in research can serve as a fine background for those who are interested in employment in the world of business.
The Humanities major provides students with a broad based program that explores the role of human imagination, intellect and expression in human history, cultural development, and social and personal relations. Major requirements therefore span the areas of Art History, Communication, English, History, Music, Philosophy, and Languages. Through major electives, students focus on areas of interest. During the senior year, students have the opportunity to apply coursework to a professional experience in an internship
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES: INDIVIDUALIZED
The Individualized Major is for students who wish to pursue interests that are not emphasized in any major. Students may combine courses from different departments in order to create an interdisciplinary major.
Students wishing to pursue an Individualized Major must write a plan to explain the purpose of the Individualized Major and show how each course selected fits into the plan. The Individualized Majors should be planned in consultation with an advisor. Plans must be approved by the Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies Chair.
The field of Criminal Justice builds on criminology, which is a major area of study within sociology. Students explore why society considers some actions to be criminal and how those definitions are influenced by social, economic, and psychological forces. They consider questions such as: How do social class, culture, race, gender, age, and sexual orientation lead to an increased likelihood of being involved as a perpetrator or victim of different types of crime? How do a society’s values and structure affect the way that it deals with crime and criminals? To what extent, and how, is crime “normal?” How is the discretion of either a judge or a police officer influenced by social or economic forces? What are the best ways to evaluate criminal justice agencies and policies? The Lasell Criminal Justice graduate will be uniquely qualified to enter graduate programs in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Public Policy, or Law School. A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice prepares students to apply their learning in such areas as law, law enforcement and public safety, crime prevention, domestic violence, gang interventions, adult and juvenile probation and corrections, parole, drug and alcohol abuse and prevention, and diversion programs for first time offenders.
All CJ students have the opportunity to take at least one four-credit internship. This type of Connected Learning experience provides an invaluable opportunity to explore various aspects of different careers in criminal justice and allow students to make valuable contacts in the field. A capstone Senior Seminar helps students to draw upon previous coursework in conducting research and inquiry within a special area of interest.
The Legal Studies major provides an excellent background for students interested in pursuing professional careers within the legal system. It also offers an introduction to the study of law for students interested in entering law school.
All students gain valuable work experience and references through participation in an at least one four-credit. Internship sites may include the court system, law offices, government, and nonprofit agencies. These Connected Learning experiences provide invaluable opportunities to explore various aspects of different careers in legal studies and allow the students to make valuable contacts in the field. Legal Studies student also participate in a series of on-campus “mock trials.”
A capstone Senior Seminar helps students to draw upon previous coursework in conducting research and inquiry within a special area of interest. Many Legal Studies graduates pursue advanced graduate student or a law school degree.
After introductory courses in psychology, sociology, and human services, students take several courses that draw on “the dual perspective,” integrating psychological and sociological approaches. Students learn about how small groups operate, the roles of community and family, contemporary social problems, how social policy is formulated, and the impact of economics on social service issues. In research courses they are introduced to the type of research methods important in social service settings. The Human Services major offers students the opportunity to build a career working to improve the lives of people experiencing a wide variety of developmental, emotional, behavioral, and social problems. Human Service providers are employed as case managers, resource specialists, residential counselors, outreach workers, activity planners, advocates, and community organizers. Besides preparing students for a variety of professional positions upon graduation, students are also prepared to continue their education in graduate degree programs such as Masters in Social Work, Masters programs in Counseling, or in Human Services Management. Human Services graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree.
Psychology teaches students how contemporary psychologists study human behavior, feelings, and thought. Students learn how functional and dysfunctional behavior patterns develop, and they learn how individuals’ experiences are transformed through biological and neurological processes to psychological events. Through their courses students develop an understanding of the type of questions psychologists ask and the empirical methods they adopt to develop knowledge. Research and statistics courses familiarize students with basic concepts in experimental design and analysis. The skills taught in the major prepare students to seek employment in a wide variety of social service or therapeutic settings in positions where they might be a counselor, personnel interviewer, case aide, market researcher, test administrator, research assistant, or rehabilitation worker. A graduate degree is a prerequisite for secondary school and college teaching, for directing research, or for working as a psychotherapist. The undergraduate psychology major prepares the capable student for graduate programs in areas such as guidance, counseling, organizational psychology, social work, hospital administration, public health, and the criminal justice system. Psychology majors receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Sociology courses focus on the relationship between social behavior and the institutions of human society. Students study about the relationship between the individual and cultures, the stratification of individuals into groups, and how social institutions, such as the family, education, and political systems, develop, operate, breakdown and get repaired. Courses, which encompass social justice issues such as diversity, welfare, child protection, gender-related violence and environmental concerns, attempt to show students how they can contribute to the development of a more just and equitable society. Skills emphasized in the major are essential to the maintenance of social services including community development, political organizing, volunteer management, advocacy, fund raising, small group facilitation, and educational programming. Related fields include social work, politics, public service, law, and news reporting. Sociology graduates can pursue graduate work in Masters of Social Work programs, Masters programs in sociology or management, or enter law school. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
The Lasell College Business Administration major prepares students for managerial positions in a wide variety of fields and functional areas. The program offers five concentrations: Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing. In addition, there is a Business Minor available for students in other, non-business majors. Classes are taught in a variety of formats, including lectures, guest speakers, case discussions, experiential exercises and projects, and computerized simulations. The Business Administration major is designed to teach a broad range of transferable skills, strong competence in critical thinking, and hands-on business experience. All students in the program have the same general education core requirements that form a solid academic foundation for their business studies. In addition, all students complete the same 36-credit business core as well as their major concentration courses and electives.
There are a wide variety of Connected Learning sites on campus for Business students, including, for instance, Lasell Village, the Donahue Bookstore, and the Financial Aid Office. In addition, there are many Connected Learning opportunities off-campus, including field trips to such locations as LL Bean, the Boston Financial District, and The Boston Globe. The Internship program provides a capstone work experience for all Business students during their Senior year. By graduation, all students will have had the opportunity to explore an assortment of business venues ranging from small, entrepreneurial companies to large, Fortune 500 businesses.
The Accounting curriculum offers students a strong background in specialized accounting skills and exposure to a complete range of business functions. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the various components of business organizations and the role of accounting within them.
The Accounting concentration provides a flexible program of study relevant to all areas of accounting, with a strong emphasis on practical accounting work.
Elective courses and internship experience allow the student to concentrate on specific career interests and needs. The program provides a basic background for several professional examinations.
Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.
Entrepreneurship is one of the fastest growing areas of studies in business. The Lasell Entrepreneurship Concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills to start their own business upon graduation, work for growth-oriented, innovative firms, work in a family business, or bring and entrepreneurial perspective to their chosen field.
Finance is the study of the assets of corporations and/or individuals. This concentration examines how these assets are acquired and financed. Students will acquire a solid background in financial principles and practices which enables them to interact with a full range of business professionals. Areas of study include financial instruments, institutions, and markets associated with business. Finance students develop a wide array of analytical skills, attain a thorough understanding of the finance function in various organizations, and sharpen their awareness of how financial institutions and markets function in a global environment.
International Business is the field of study that focuses on business activities that cross national boundaries. It includes exports and imports, traditional international trade discussions, and direct foreign investment. International banking, transfer of technology, exchange rates, international law, and global business strategies will be explored.
Students will become well-versed in international relations and policy. Many cultural differences will be examined and intercultural business agreements established. Problems facing decision makers in the international environment and their effects on domestic businesses will be detailed.
Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business.
The Management curriculum is designed to prepare students to be managers and business leaders in a global environment. Required courses provide students with a working knowledge of activities in the management of any organization in a changing environment. Students will learn skills such as leadership and team building and learn to understand individual and group behavior in organizations to enhance their effectiveness as managers.
Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.
As both an art and a science, marketing is undergoing dramatic and exciting changes, and the field promises to be just as dynamic in the years ahead. Marketing has emerged as the most critical function in today’s business climate.
The Marketing curriculum introduces students to all the major marketing trends. The all-important marketing mix will be examined and students will be heavily involved with marketing mix development. Students will be exposed to marketing research techniques and demographic studies. Business law and marketing ethics will be studied to ensure product safety. International marketing, nonprofit marketing, product marketing, and service marketing have been integrated into this major.
Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
FASHION DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
FASHION AND RETAIL MERCHANDISING
The world of fashion is fast-paced and exciting. The Fashion majors at Lasell focus on the specialized areas of retail merchandising, clothing design, and visual and promotional design techniques. Other supporting industries such as marketing and advertising are examined through courses in business, textiles, garment design, pattern marking, grading, photography, buying, operations and fashion history. Students use the latest computer-aided design (CAD/CAM) equipment to make production markers and engineer patterns for optimal material use. The degree includes a solid foundation in both liberal arts and business courses. Through Lasell’s Connected Learning philosophy, students have ongoing opportunities to apply theoretical concepts of academic studies by working in the field with recognized leaders in the fashion industry. The upper-level professional courses are oriented toward decision-making tasks that students will face when making the transition from college to middle and upper management positions. Students learn how to plan strategically, organize for profitability (using design cost sheets and computer costing technology pertinent to each degree), control design operations, and promote creativity.
Every Fashion student, in each of the four years, has on and off-site opportunities or contact with industry professionals. These opportunities include professional consultation on academic projects, and all Fashion students are involved directly in on- and off-campus fashion show productions as designers, producers, set designers, or stylists. Involvement in professional application projects becomes particularly intensive in the senior year through our Fashion Design capstone courses in Thesis Development and Production or the Internship Seminar and Field Assignment in Fashion Merchandising.
Each student in the Fashion Design major develops an electronic portfolio that documents his or her educational experiences from the first year through graduation.
Our Graduates pursue careers as fashion designers, technical designers, buyers, and merchandisers. Our graduates are known for their accomplishments and talent and recognized with awards, high-level job placements, and accolades from industry leaders. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science Degree
The graphic design major provides core courses in art plus a series in design, including design fundamentals, image, and content, color theory, computer graphics for the visual artist, multimedia graphic design and topography. This major introduces students to the graphic design studio environment, including tools, materials, terminology, and business practices. Students learn the basics of client contact, fulfilling a client’s needs through concept drawings, and preparing camera-ready artwork. They also become familiar with marketing, accounting, and production schedules. Field trips to design firms are an integral part of the program. In addition, students take courses in computer literacy, where there is particular emphasis on the use of computer software programs in both design and illustration.
Each student in the Graphic Design major develops an electronic portfolio that documents his or his educational experiences from the first year through graduation.
Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science Degree.
HOSPITALITY AND EVENT MANAGEMENTThe Hospitality and Event Management Program is designed to prepare students for management positions and leadership roles in the hospitality, travel and tourism, convention and meeting planning fields. Emphasis is placed on customer service, a major component in the Hospitality Industry. The linkage among quality service, lodging, recreation development and food service are stressed. The Hospitality and Event Management program has exceptional on-campus Connected Learning opportunities at Lasell Village. Students also gain valuable on-the-job experiences through a mandatory senior level internship.
As part of the Major, students select a two-course specialty (Travel and Tourism, Hospitality and Hotel Management, Convention and Meeting Planning), each of which has an international perspective, focusing on both the public and private sectors. Students choose their internship in one of these three specialty areas. The Advisory Board and Hospitality Club connect students with industry professionals providing them with networking opportunities, field trip experiences, and participation in community service. Students who complete this program receive a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Event Management.
Certified Athletic Trainers are involved in the care, prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of injuries to athletes and the physically active. Athletic Trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as Allied Health Professionals, and are employed in numerous settings including high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, industrial medicine settings, hospitals, and the military.
The Athletic Training major is a competency-based program designed to
provide professional preparation leading toward eligibility to take the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam. The program has been developed under the accreditation guidelines set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT). The program is fully accredited, and the College remains in full support of all endeavors to maintain the necessary guidelines to maintain this accreditation status.
The four-year program in Athletic Training includes formal instruction in prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of athletic injuries, first aid and emergency care, therapeutic modalities, human anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, pathology, pharmacology, personal and community health, psychology and health care administration. In addition to formal classroom instruction, students will participate in extensive clinical experiences, for credit, under the direct supervision of Certified Athletic Trainers. Clinical experiences in Athletic Training allow the student to apply what is being learned in the classroom to practical experiences with athletes and other physically active individuals. Clinical rotations will take place at Lasell College and at affiliated off-campus sites, and will include a variety of practice settings and sport exposures. Students will have clinical courses each semester, beginning in the spring semester of the freshman year, provided all academic requirements are met.
Each student in the Athletic Training major develops an electronic portfolio that documents his or his educational experiences from the first year through graduation.
Requirements for admission into the Athletic Training Major include: successful (C or better) completion of a minimum of two years of high school math (preferably algebra and geometry), and two years of high school lab science (preferably biology and chemistry or physics). In order to comply with accreditation guidelines, the College may restrict enrollment in the Athletic Training Major.
Transfer applicants may be accepted into the program, but need to be aware of the need to take program courses in the appropriate sequencing and with the appropriate prerequisites. Transfer applicants will be considered on a space-available basis. Graduates of the program will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.
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With the proliferation of sport enterprises and their economic impact worldwide, the opportunities for sport managers abound. The Sport Management program is designed to prepare professionals who can assume responsible entry-level positions in the sport industry. The intent of the program is to examine the disciplinary foundations of sport management and organization and to provide opportunities for acquisition and application of skills in sport organizations.
Sports scientists are knowledgeable in the areas of human performance, fitness, and conditioning. As members of the health care community, they are dedicated to health enhancement and are responsible for the development and coordination of exercise programs as well as the training and education of patients and clients. Using exercise as a preventative measure or a rehabilitative tool, sports scientists work in a variety of settings including public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, fitness centers, and research institutions.
The four-year program provides students with a broad-base liberal arts foundation, including an in-depth scientific understanding of how the human body functions and how the human body responds to physical activity. Coursework focuses on the study of the cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system, human metabolism, and behavioral sciences. Concepts, theories and practices learned in the classroom and the clinic are reinforced in our exercise physiology laboratory.
The final year consists of exciting capstone courses and clinical internships or student teaching that offer students the opportunity to specialize in areas of interest through guided independent research and off-campus practicums. These Connected Learning experiences allow students to apply their knowledge of sports science to real work settings in public schools, hospitals, clinics, and research centers. Lasell’s affiliation with nationally known institutions in the Boston area will give our students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience while working with leaders in the field.
Each student in the Sports Science major develops an electronic portfolio that documents his or his educational experiences from the first year through graduation.
Specific requirements for admission include: successful (C or better) completion of two years of high school math (preferably algebra and geometry) and one year of lab science, preferably biology. Students may substitute a year of college algebra and biology with grades of C or better in place of the high school coursework. Academic standards for the program include grades of “C” in all sports science classes, and satisfactory completion of two clinical education or student teaching experiences.
Students will be prepared to take one of the certification examinations offered by the American College of Sports Medicine upon graduation. This course of study also fulfills most of the prerequisites for graduate study in the health professions, including physical therapy. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Science. Lasell College’s major in Sports Science is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine as a program that covers the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of an ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor; the program is also endorsed for strength and conditioning education by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Approximately 20 percent of students at Lasell College wait to decide upon a major until sometime prior to completing their second year. Academic advisors work with students on choosing a major that best matches their interests and aspirations. Planning course work for Undeclared students is a balance of exploring options while progressing academically so that they can graduate in their chosen major in a timely manner. Undeclared students work towards fulfilling both the General Education requirements while also taking courses in majors of potential interest.