Course Descriptions Request

Course Descriptions

Is a course description the same as a syllabus?

No. A course description is a brief overview or statement that informs students of the subject matter and breadth of a course. These descriptions are found within course catalogs to assist students during enrollment periods.

A syllabus is the detailed, structured outline of a course that is usually composed by the instructor or department of said course, and distributed at the start of each semester.  Please note: The Registrar’s office does not archive syllabi. If a syllabus is required, please contact the department directly.

What is the best way to request course descriptions?

Course descriptions dating from 2009 to current year are readily available here .

Students who wish to receive copies of official course descriptions prior to 2009 may fill out the Course Description Request Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office in one of the following ways:

Course Descriptions
Office of the Registrar
UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125

Please allow 4-5 business days for processing. If the course(s) were taken prior to 1982, or through Boston State College, please allow 7-10 business days for processing.