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Core Curriculum

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As a Jesuit University, Boston College has as its heritage a nearly five hundred year old tradition of concern for the integration of the intellectual, moral, and religious development of its students. The centerpiece of Jesuit education has always been a common curriculum that emphasizes the rigorous study of the defining works of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.


Core courses reveal to students new ways of knowing and being, introducing them to interests and issues of which they had been previously unaware. Academically, such broadened horizons equip students to deepen and enrich their major. Core courses furthermore model the kinds of thinking that connect what we learn in the classroom to who we are in the rest of our lives.

The Boston College Core Curriculum has existed in its current form since 1991. Beginning in 2015–2016, a series of Core Renewal Pilot classes were launched exclusively for first-year students. The development of a twenty-first century Core -- rooted in Jesuit traditions and engaged with the realities of our time -- is fully underway. Students, faculty, and others will find detailed information on the Core through the menu on the left.

The Core is overseen and developed by the University Core Renewal Committee, chaired by the Associate Dean of the Core. For more information contact the Dean’s office.