Adam O'Neill (BDIC 2010, Concentration "Environmental Economics & Entrepreneurship") is engaged in the active entrepreneurial scene in the Boston area.   Adam writes that "I love the entrepreneurship world.  While at UMass and since, I've been involved in various capacities in 5 different startups. I've learned so much about business, marketing, finance, relationship-building, self-management, teamwork...

Peer Advisors are key to the BDIC Program.  Prospective students come into the office and immediately get to talk to someone who both knows the process inside and out and has been through it themselves.

The BDIC program hires roughly three new Peer Advisors each year.  If you have questions about the position, please talk to one or more of the Peer Advisors themselves, or make an appointment to talk to BDIC Assistant Director Linda Roney.  If you would like to apply, please fill out the form below and bring it to the BDIC office.

You may be allowed to count a maximum of 12 credits from the three semesters preceeding your enrollment in the Proposal Writing Class (BDIC 396P), provided that they are relevant for your BDIC concentration.  A minimum of 2 semesters of BDIC work must be completed following the semester you are enrolled in the Proposal Writing Class. See the Proposal Writing Guidelines for further information.

Absolutely!  Many BDIC majors include Five College classes in their curricula.  There is no limit on the number of Five College classes.

Only a maximum of 9 total credits of internships and independent studies (with a max of 6 in either category) can count towards your 12 class/36 credit BDIC concentration requirement.  You are always free to go beyond this (and many BDIC students do), but the additional credits won’t count towards the requirement.

Maybe.  The BDIC requirements call for a minimum of 12 classes/36 credits at the 300 level or above.  However, as part of your BDIC Proposal you can ask for “exceptions” for a certain number of lower level classes.  Ultimately, your BDIC Faculty Supervisor be the who decides whether this will be allowed, or not.  As a general rule, you should not expect that you will be allowed more than two 200 level classes.

See the Proposal Writing Guidelines for further information.

Yes!  A great many BDIC students study abroad or do domestic exchanges.  Talk to the BDIC Assistant Director or Peer Advisors for advice on making this part of your program. 

BDIC Majors have the option to either take BDIC’s own JYW course (BDIC 350) or to take a JYW course in an academic area related to their concentration. Students taking JYW in another department should notify the BDIC Assistant Director or Office Manager what course that are taking to satisfy the JYW requirement. 

Note that the JYW course does not count towards the 12 course/36 credit BDIC concentration requirement.

Yes.  Many BDIC students do double majors.  Some have BDIC as their primary major.  Others have BDIC as a secondary major. 

For some students, their BDIC concentration complements their traditional major.  A recent example is a BDIC concentration in "Integrated Labor Studies" together with an Economics major.  Some pre-med students combine a hard science major with a BDIC concentration that relates to their interests in human health.  Other students have second majors that are unrelated to their BDIC concentrations.


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