“With whatever career I pursue after Babson, I want to make sure it integrates compassion for others. My concentration has opened my mind to global perspectives and to different ways of thinking. These skills help me approach problems differently and will allow me to find unique ways of doing good in any organization.”
– Antoinette Santos ’14, Concentration in Global and Regional Studies
At Babson College, concentrations are an optional way for you to organize your advanced studies, and certify that your focus of study is on your final transcript.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I want a Concentration?
The concentrations have been developed by the academic divisions and College centers to provide groupings of courses that will help you choose a coherent set of courses for your own academic development and external recognition. Concentrations are not designed to replace your own responsibility in choosing courses according to your interest, passions, and goals. Therefore, it is up to you to decide whether a concentration is applicable to your future plans.
What policies are relevant to concentrations?
Up to two concentrations can appear on your transcript. You can use only one course, and only one course, as an overlap between two concentrations. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to know and fulfill the requirements for specific concentrations. Remember: some courses are not offered every semester, nor are students guaranteed seats in classes, which is why we highly advise careful academic planning. This includes having options!
Can an Independent Research Project, Education Abroad Course, Cross Enrollment Course, or Off Campus Course count toward my concentration?
Concentrations were designed to be fulfilled by Babson College coursework; however, exceptions may be given in the case of Babson Independent Research Projects and Courses Taken Elsewhere (including Babson Approved Education Abroad Course Work, Cross Enrollment Course Work, Off Campus Course Work, and Transfer Course Work). Exceptions are not required for courses that are preapproved and that are equivalent to specific concentrations requirements listed (i.e.: course is coded as a specific Babson course that is listed as a concentration requirement). Each concentration makes the determination of granting and accepting exception courses to fulfill concentration requirements. Please check with Concentration Contact prior to taking a course.
How and when do I “declare” my concentration?
You may not formally declare your concentration(s) until your senior year. You may, however, express your intent to concentrate at anytime. Up to two concentrations may be selected by visiting Portal and selecting the concentrations link under the student services tab. Some Concentration Contacts send direct emails to students who have declared intent. Faculty has access to lists of students who are interested in specific concentrations.
What if I don’t want a concentration?
There may or may not be a Babson concentration that meets your needs or fulfills your interests. Remember, concentrations are optional. Whether you wish to declare a specific concentration, you should receive guidance from Academic Services and the Center for Career Development in order to ensure that you are taking electives that fulfill your personal and career aspirations.
Why would I want to concentrate in a liberal arts area?
The Center for Career Development affirms that recruiters who come to Babson are looking for graduates not just with business expertise. They also value graduates with competencies, interests, and passions that go beyond business. Liberal arts concentrators will develop particular expertise in formulating, exploring, and reflecting critically on historical, cultural, and contemporary issues. This expertise is a competency many employers greatly value. Your liberal arts program requires you to take a minimum of 20 credits of advanced liberal arts electives. Choosing a liberal arts concentration allows you to develop a greater depth of understanding and mastery in an area of your choice.
Who should I contact for additional advising?
We have an integrated advising system that uses specific faculty members for each concentration in addition to staff members from the Office of Academic Services and the Center for Career Development. This system has been designed to provide academic, personal, and career path advising, even if you don't choose a concentration.
- Center for Career Development, Hollister Hall, 1st Floor (x4215)
- Faculty Contacts (see specific concentrations for contacts specific to each concentration)
- Office of Academic Services, Hollister Hall, 2nd Floor (x4075)