Those who successfully complete the Boston University Prison Education Program earn a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies. Participation in the program is competitive; interested students must sit for an entrance examination and participate in an interview process. The entrance exam consists of an essay, language (grammar usage and reading), and math.  Once accepted, students partake in courses comparable to those offered on the campus of Boston University.

Boston University Prison Education Program students who complete the bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply fundamental theories, perspective and techniques in the areas of English, Mathematics, Computer Science, Natural Science, Literature, Philosophy and History.
  • Display breadth of knowledge by explaining and applying content of subject matter to real-life situations.
  • Articulate goals, purposes and methods used to understand the world in scientific, cultural, historical, ethical, and religious ways.
  • Exhibit proficiency in research methods and forms of inquiry that yield results appropriate for quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Demonstrate informational and communication competence through written and oral communication consistent with standard academic styles and formats (e.g., research paper using APA style guide; oral presentation of research project).   The student will be able to conduct a literature search, select and critically evaluate valid and appropriate sources, and synthesize an argument that he or she is able to present in oral and/or written form.
  • Analyze complex issues and arguments (e.g., identify assumptions, premises, and conclusions) in various intellectual contexts (scientific, technical, ethical, social, global, etc.) and will assess the validity of arguments presented.

Boston University’s Prison Education Program is currently offered at MCI Norfolk and MCI Framingham. Learn more about the facilities we work with.