2021-2022 Catalog

Forum Requirement

FORUM is a noncredit requirement of all degree programs. Students must complete four FORUMS in order to graduate.

BCC FORUMS are designed to meet these objectives:

  • To promote lifelong curiosity and interest in a broad range of ideas and subjects;
  • To provide a public debate and exchange platform;
  • To encourage live interaction and engagement; and
  • To strengthen college outreach and community involvement.

To qualify as a FORUM, the activity must be a live event that supports the FORUM objectives, publicly announced and accessible, and officially designated and approved by the FORUM coordinator/committee; or a live event or activity that supports the FORUM objectives and is identified and supervised by faculty.

A series of scheduled FORUMS will take place on campus each semester. Other live events or activities may qualify if they are faculty sponsored and approved by the FORUM coordinator.

Students should consult FORUM links on the BCC website for more information and for each semester’s schedule. Students can monitor their progress in completing the requirement by checking their degree audit in WebAdvisor or by contacting the Registrar’s Office at 413-236-2136.

Students should begin meeting the requirement during their first semester in a degree program. Certificate students do not have to meet FORUM requirements but are strongly urged to do so if they plan on entering a degree program in the future.

Students enrolling at BCC with a bachelor’s degree are exempt from FORUM as are any students who began their studies at BCC prior to September 1, 1978. No other exemptions are granted.