2016-2017 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Programs

Designing the Baccalaureate Program - College of Art and Design

Lesley University College of Art and Design (LUCAD) offers several Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, (BFA) degree options including dual majors and degrees, as well as BA in Fine Arts and Art History. Each of our majors aims for the high professional standard that its designation implies. First, we expect our students to receive a well-rounded, high quality education that prepares them for life-long learning and for the many creative art-making challenges they will face. Second, we expect them to become experts in their chosen area of professional practice: to achieve a level of professional mastery in some area of their major or in related interdisciplinary activities. Third, we expect students to foster a critical and historical perspective on their work and to develop writing and speaking skills that allow them to clearly communicate that perspective. Fourth, we expect them to learn about business and professional practices in their major area of interest through course work, internships, and other professional contacts and experiences. Finally, we expect students to synthesize their studio and general education experiences as the capstone to their studies. This is accomplished through the presentation of a portfolio or exhibition evaluated by outside professionals and faculty.

All LUCAD studio majors incorporate 42 credits of liberal arts coursework, roughly 2/3 of their load in required studio-based programming, and field-based experiences through a required internship program, and professional development coursework appropriate to the specific program of study. University-wide General Education Standards are designed to expand students’ knowledge and experiences, not only through classroom learning, but through external experiences and interdisciplinary opportunities as well. These standards were developed 8 years ago with participation of all University faculty members. Each undergraduate program at Lesley University, including the studio BFA programs, strives to meet those standards with specific competencies through a combination of student experiences. Our General Education and Liberal Arts components are offered and taught by Lesley University faculty.

Designing the Baccalaureate Program - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Every College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student completes a major that combines theory and practice by incorporating study in the liberal arts with field-based experience appropriate to the program of study. Education students seeking initial licensure in the state of Massachusetts are required to have a liberal arts major in addition to their education major. The solid grounding in the content disciplines that students will teach better prepares them with the knowledge and predispositions to be effective teachers. Education students complete the Education Field Placement, rather than the Experiential Learning component of their liberal arts major. Non-education majors may also choose to double-major in two liberal arts disciplines, again by completing the requirements of each major. Liberal arts double-majors complete the Experiential Learning component for the major which has the greater credits. One of the internships should reflect the competencies of the second major. Students considering double majors should contact the respective divisions in order to determine the feasibility of any specific combination.

All majors incorporate liberal arts coursework and field-based experience appropriate to the program of study. The curriculum in all majors is designed to provide each student with in-depth professional and liberal arts preparation in one's chosen field of interest. Students may also combine majors and minors to develop skills and knowledge in multiple areas. Self-designed majors provide opportunities for self-directed individuals to fashion a unique program of study that best satisfies one's interests and goals.

General Education at Lesley University

Background

General education, including a foundation in the liberal arts, is the cornerstone of a university education. Its purpose is to develop in students the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to live thoughtful, ethical, and successful lives, both professionally and personally, and to foster a love of lifelong learning.

While general education is a requirement at Lesley University, it is delivered with options for flexibility and choice. Lesley University considers past learning and experience when helping students shape their general education curriculum choices to best meet their individual needs. Courses to meet the liberal arts requirements of general education are available throughout the offerings of Lesley University.

General Education Learning Goals

Fundamental Base of Knowledge

Students will develop a fundamental base of knowledge necessary for all future academic study and professional preparation.

Critical Reasoning

Students will develop the ability to solve unfamiliar problems and generate new meaning.

Social Responsibility

Students will develop an understanding of the individual's role in the larger community and the natural world, and an awareness of the importance of involvement in the same.

Multiple Perspectives

Students will develop an awareness of multiple viewpoints by exploring the relationship among values, attitudes, cultures, and behaviors.

Lifelong Learning

Students will acquire the interest and ability to further their learning. General Education at Lesley goes beyond offering breadth and depth in the liberal arts. Learning goals are infused into study in the major, in co-curricular settings, in the community, and through self-reflection.

Flexibility and Choice

Students may demonstrate they have met introductory-level course requirements and have a "sufficient base of knowledge" in Humanities, Science and Math, or Social Sciences through such vehicles as AP credit or previous college courses. Students are also eligible to place out of English Composition (CWRIT 1101) through an AP score of 4 or higher. All students are required to complete Writing and Literary Arts (CLITR 1100). Students with a mathematics SAT score below 510 must satisfy a quantitative reasoning requirement prior to their math requirement. Students with AP credits for studio art or pre-college art classes may qualify for studio elective credit.

All other students will be advised into the appropriate introductory-level courses to prepare them for advanced breadth and depth of study in the liberal arts disciplines. Visual art students will be enrolled in mandatory foundation courses the first year of study.

Academic and Artistic Freedom Policy for Students:

Lesley University supports an atmosphere of academic and artistic freedom in all artistic and scholastic endeavors, and believes that the suppression of free speech or artistic expression is unacceptable where educational inquiry is encouraged. Within such an educational framework, no idea or expression can be forbidden unless it is in violation of federal, state, or local laws. Individual statements and philosophies expressed by students in their work, whether displayed on campus or in the community, should be taken as the statements and philosophies of individuals, not as University sanctioned ideas. In the same spirit, the University encourages an attitude of respect toward all student work, and will take disciplinary action against theft or violation of student artwork or projects.

Experiential Learning

From Lesley University's founding, when Edith Lesley and her colleagues brought their life experiences to develop the Lesley School for training Kindergarten teachers, Lesley has embraced the core intentions of integrating theory with practice and learning from doing.

What is unique about this “experiential learning” today is that it is integrated into the student’s overall program of study. All students complete their General Education requirements, the academic requirements of their major, and the experiential learning component of their major. In this way all Lesley undergraduates are realizing Edith Lesley’s vision of integrating theory and practice.

There are several modalities of experiential learning available to students (the specific requirements for each major can be found in the Majors section of the catalog):

Internships

An internship is a structured, supervised, credit-bearing work experience designed to enrich and complement the students’ academic program. By interning, students are able to examine their field of study in depth and develop clear career goals. Internships provide students with a greater level of professionalism, opportunities to develop networking and self-promotion skills, to learn new techniques, and gain industry knowledge. Most important, students gain practical skills that can be applied directly to future professional goals.

Student from all majors are required to complete internships. In CLAS, most first year students engage in an introduction to field experiences; internships are available during the sophomore, junior and senior years. In LUCAD, internships can be completed during the end of sophomore year or throughout junior year. Internship sponsors benefit from the internship arrangement by having the on-site technical skills and expertise provided by the student interns. Students receive supervision from both site supervisor and faculty representative, thereby allowing students opportunities to gain a greater understanding of a current field of interest from both academic and professional perspectives.

Study Abroad

Study abroad cultivates understanding of the social, cultural, economic, political, and technological forces that shape today's global society, while also building self-knowledge and appreciation for multiple perspectives. While abroad, students engage in meaningful cultural exchanges and language-learning. They build confidence and analytical skills.  The experience also enhances creativity, as well as career potential.

For more information, visit www.lesley.edu/study-abroad. Or contact,

Claire Carroll

Director, Study Abroad, Global Education Center

ccarrol3@lesley.edu, 617.349.8323

LUCAD Domestic Exchange and Residencies

Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) New York Studio Residency Program: Qualified students who are interested in participating in the AICAD New York Studio Residency Program (NYSRP) may contact the Advising Office for assistance in submitting an application. The program is located in DUMBO Brooklyn, New York. Participating students receive individual studio spaces at the NYSRP, weekly critique sessions, and a diverse seminar/visiting artist program that includes a comprehensive introduction to the New York art world. The School of Visual Arts provides off-site administrative services for the NYSRP including digital printing facilities, access to the SVA library and student identification cards. Students earn sixteen credits and a letter grade towards their undergraduate or graduate degree.

Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Mobility Program: Schools in the AICAD consortium offer students an exchange opportunity, which allows them to attend another member school for one semester. Interested students should contact the Academic Advising Office for assistance with the application process

Community Service

The Office of Community Service is committed to providing Lesley University students and staff with meaningful service opportunities. Through these opportunities, we strive to connect participants with the Cambridge and Boston community.

Education Field Placement Office

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education program’s Field Placement Office works with you to individually plan and implement your first year, sophomore, and or junior one-day-a-week field experiences, and your senior student teaching practicum, (if you are interested in Early Childhood Education, your program will include a junior student teaching experience and a seminar). The Director of Field Placement will work with you as you articulate your specific classroom preferences and curriculum interests, and is available to support you throughout your undergraduate field experiences. During your initial field experiences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Field Liaisons will provide on-site support. During your senior student teaching experience, Education Program Supervisors will supervise your classroom teaching practice, and a weekly reflective seminar will be incorporated into your program.

Your initial field experiences are integrated into your Education coursework, and your course professors and the Field Placement Office work collaboratively to support you as you develop your emerging teaching practice. This is an essential way that the Education program integrates your theoretical knowledge with actual application. Your first year, sophomore, and junior field experiences prepare you for your senior student teaching experience.

For more information, please contact:

Cheryl Haberman

Director, Education Division Field Placement Office

haberman@lesley.edu

Mark Donohue

Program Coordinator, Education Division Field Placement Office

mdonohu4@lesley.edu 617.349.8955

Honors Programs

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Program

Students with a record of academic promise and leadership in high school are invited to join the Honors Program when they enter the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Others are invited to join afterward on the basis of their academic record.

The CLAS Honors Program has several goals. It assures that intellectually ambitious students get to know and remain resources for each other through their careers at Lesley. They take two linked courses their first semester at Lesley as a group and take Honors seminars together later on. On- and off-campus cultural and educational activities (plays, concerts, discussion groups, etc.) bring them together more informally outside of the classroom.

Another important goal is to foster the relationship between students and faculty. In small Honors seminars and through Honors projects students get to work closely with faculty to deepen and enhance their knowledge, to form learning partnerships with faculty that will last through the college years and beyond. Apprenticeship and mentorship, proven to be central to future success, are at the heart of the Honors Program.

For more information on the Honors Program, contact:

Professor Michael Illuzzi

Director, Honors Program

University Hall 2-095

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

617.349.8257

milluzzi@lesley.edu

College of Art and Design Honors Program

Students who demonstrate academic excellence and artistic talent by high ranking portfolio scores and who wish to ENGAGE in a rigorous cross-curricular studio/seminar-based coursework and dialogue as well as extracurricular experiences, are invited to participate in LUCAD’s Honors Program from the 1st year experience through the capstone in the 4th year.

Students who participate in this program can expect added rigor in project-based courses, integrated and interdisciplinary practice with group project dynamics, collaborative experiences both inside and outside the classroom with focused critiques and special events, to develop future mentors and leaders in the creative culture at the College of Art & Design, in preparation for a life as a creator and active participant in Visual Culture.

Students will be expected to take a minimum of three of the four courses (one per academic year scheduled each fall). Students who are not invited in their foundation year may petition their department Chair to participate. For more information, Please contact, the Advising Office or the Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Students can also petition to take Honors-based courses through CLAS by contacting Michael Illuzzi (info above.)

The Three-Year Degree at Lesley University

Making use of consecutive summer and January-term offerings, students are able to engage in dynamic coursework, intensive language training, internship study, study abroad, community service and service learning and meet all bachelor's degree requirements in three years. As is true of a four-year degree student, 120 credits are needed. Students may enter the three-year program in September or January of their freshman year. Your decision to enter the three-year degree program is not tied to your admission.  The three-year degree intent to enroll form can be found at http://www.lesley.edu/undergraduate/three-year-degree/request/. For more information, please contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Office (617.349.8903).

The Lesley University Financial Aid office encourages all students thinking about the three-year degree program to apply for financial aid consideration by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA.) The application should be submitted in February/March of each academic year so that eligibility can be processed in a timely manner for all fall, winter, spring and summer academic semesters. Our financial aid counselors are happy to discuss the financial aid options available for students in the three-year degree program.

Pre-Law at Lesley University

Law schools do not require a specific undergraduate major for admission. Rather, they strongly suggest students major in a liberal arts discipline such as political science, sociology, literature, history, or philosophy. They further recommend that students select coursework in their undergraduate studies that emphasize writing, critical thinking, research, and related analytical skills. Students who wish to apply to law school should take a broad range of challenging courses in their area of interest. They should share their interest with their advisor early in their Lesley experience and meet with the Pre-Law advisor, Professor Michael Illuzzi (milluzzi@lesley.edu; 617.349.8257), by the beginning of their junior year. Students should share their intention to go into a career in law with the Internship Coordinators who can help students identify appropriate internship learning opportunities.

Pre-Med at Lesley University

The Natural Science and Mathematics (NSM) division at Lesley has developed a strong and rigorous program to support students who are interested in attending medical, veterinary or dental school. Preparing for any health related school requires careful planning beginning in the freshman year and completion of all required courses. Most medical schools use the guidelines established by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS): https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/. Students are strongly encouraged to consult this site before the completion of any application to ensure that all requirements are met. Students are also advised to contact Division Chair David Morimoto (617-349-8226/ morimoto@lesley.edu) or another member of Lesley’s Natural Science and Mathematics (NSM) faculty (617.349.8430) to discuss the pre-med/pre-dental/pre-vet or other health related program.

Core Curriculum

Preface: The distribution of general education courses gives students broad exposure to the liberal arts and allows students to select from offerings available across the University. Included in the Foundations in Liberal Arts Course Requirements is the First Year Seminar (FYS). The goal of this analytical seminar is to enhance the level of problem solving skills of students based upon multiple theoretical frameworks, intensive interdisciplinary reading and writing assignments, explorations of primary texts, documents, artifacts, etc. Here students and animated faculty guide inquiry regarding the evolution of ideas and meaning in scientific, historical, political, economic and psycho-social and cultural contexts. Some of the courses that meet the general education distribution requirements may also meet the requirements in a major the student selects. This allows for integration as well as breadth and depth of knowledge as the student progresses through the college experience.