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Course descriptions are available in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Catalog [pdf]
For real-time information regarding course offerings and schedules, visit LOIS and click on "Current Course Selections." Select the desired semester and use the drop-down menus to search different subject areas.
For up-to-date information regarding academic, residential, and other deadlines, see the Academic Calendar online.
For a comprehensive description of academic policies, download the Academic Catalog [pdf].
All Students are required to complete a foundation of liberal arts courses during their undergraduate studies. This provides students with a broad exposure to various disciplines and helps them develop general skills such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and writing. These Liberal Arts requirements vary slightly for Elementary Education and Special Education majors in order to comply with Massachusetts requirements for educational licensure.
In order to graduate, all students must complete at least 120 credits of course work. This includes the Liberal Arts requirements (42 credits) and all major requirements (varies by major), as well as some elective credits. Elective credits may also be used to complete optional minors or specializations in the majors. Students should consult the Academic Catalog [pdf] and their academic advisors for further explanation of these requirements.
Students may declare a major once they have completed at least 30 credits of coursework. All students must declare a major upon completion of 60 credits of coursework. Education majors must choose a liberal arts major in addition to their Education major (for example, Elementary Education and History). Students choosing to major in Education, Art Therapy, or Counseling must declare their majors by October 15th of their sophomore year.
Lesley University believes that experiential learning and putting theory into practice are essential components of higher education. As a result, all students must complete at least one field experience in the major in order to graduate. This may involve classroom teaching, an internship, or research with a faculty member. These experiences provide students with the opportunity to explore fields of interest and gain valuable professional experience.
Incoming students should review the 2014–2015 Academic Planning Guide [pdf] for background information on academic advising and the curriculum.
All incoming students are placed in English and math courses based on their standardized test scores, and any prior coursework at the college level, including AP exams. Students who feel that their English or math placements are not appropriate may opt to take a placement test during the first two weeks of the semester.
The First-Year Seminar seeks to excite the intellectual curiosity of first-semester freshmen students and integrate them into the academic community of the University through small, discussion-based classes and several common events. Students choose from a variety of intriguing seminar topics, all of which connect the interests and expertise of a particular faculty member to the University's mission. Some seminar topics are interdisciplinary in nature, while others engage students in inquiry within a specific academic field of study. This is required course for all first year students. The First Year Seminar courses have the following learning outcomes:
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