2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

A Message from President Joseph B. Moore

President MooreLesley University prepares women and men for careers that make a difference in the lives of individuals, organizations and communities, and has done so now for 105 years. Central to this mission is our commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, education and the arts, career-focused field placements and internships in and around Greater Boston, and the intentional integration of theory and practice, the classroom and the community.

At Lesley, close student-faculty relationships help nurture, challenge, and inspire your learning and guide your academic progress within a supportive learning community. We value collaboration over competition, and active learning over passive learning. This is equally true for first-year courses as it is for upper-division courses. Respect for individual differences and choices, as well as diverse life experiences and perspectives, are reflected and celebrated in a vibrant, multicultural campus environment located in one of the most stimulating higher education locations in the country.

You will find at Lesley University all the advantages of an intimate undergraduate learning community as well as the academic and co-curricular resources of a comprehensive university. In addition to the resources at our two undergraduate colleges (the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the College of Art and Design), our undergraduate students also have access to a wide array of courses, programs and events through our two graduate schools, the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences and the Graduate School of Education. Add to this our spectacular location in Cambridge, steps away from bustling Harvard Square in the heart of America's premier college town, and you have access to speakers, movies, theater, and a range of cultural organizations and events that will enhance your college experience.

From our Cambridge neighborhoods to Boston’s North End, from Porter Square in Cambridge to Kenmore Square in Boston, you will complement your academic program by living and learning in this diverse, energizing culture. The exciting cultural and educational environment of the Boston area is not just an optional benefit for your social life but an integral aspect of your learning experience. This is a region of superb internship and community service opportunities that strengthen each student’s resume and contribute to the high job placement rates for Lesley graduates.

The undergraduate student government, athletic teams and plethora of student clubs provide opportunities for developing lifelong friendships, applied learning, and a multitude of leadership opportunities. We are very proud not only of the high numbers of students engaged in these activities, but the quality of leadership throughout these organizations. This engagement and leadership serves many students well as they move smoothly from such positions into their first full-time jobs.

Lesley’s graduates are creative problem-solvers, highly qualified professionals, confident life-long learners, and engaged citizens who are active in their workplaces and communities. They believe in their responsibility and their ability to bring about constructive change. In schools, the arts, human service settings, government, non-profit organizations, businesses, and the environment, Lesley graduates are working daily to improve the lives of others and the world around them.

We’re ready to help you take advantage of this unique time in your life – at this engaged university and in this spectacular part of the country. Welcome to Lesley. We're glad you're here – and I look forward to meeting you.

Best wishes for the coming year.


Dr. Joseph B. Moore