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The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences enrolls more than 6,000 students and embraces a strong liberal arts tradition. Students can select a major from a variety of fields and can also pursue exceptional academic opportunities through the Honors Program, research projects, and international study. Through their studies, students develop the critical and analytical skills, capacity to communicate effectively, and broad intellectual foundation that they will need for a lifetime of learning and growth in a rapidly changing world.

Click on a field of study below to learn more about the academic programs in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.


student touring McMullen Museum of Art

Art History (B.A. or minor)

In the Art History program students develop visual literacy and critical thinking capacity through their study of both Western and non-Western cultures. Art History majors gain the ability to evaluate material evidence, to study the cultural contexts in which this evidence was discovered, and to critically assess the various interpretations works of art have elicited. The program prepares students to link specialized knowledge of visual artifacts from all historical periods to other modes of intellectual inquiry.


Sample courses

Art: Renaissance to Modern Times

Art and Myth in Ancient Greece

Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture

American Icons: Nineteenth Century Images of National Identity

Chinese Visual Culture

Age of Rembrandt


Experience art history

Boston College is home to the Charles S. and Isabella V. McMullen Museum of Art, a critically acclaimed gallery that hosts exhibitions, education programs, concerts, lectures, and more. Student and faculty have access to the McMullen's extensive collection that includes Gothic and Baroque tapestries, Italian paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and American paintings of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Fine Arts Sales Consultant, Renjeau Galleries

Analyst, Barclay's Capital

Promotions Assistant, WGBH

Corps Member, Teach for America

Graduate studies in Art History at New York University, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Case Western Reserve, and Soethby's Institute of Art


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Students gathered in the Merkert Chemistry lounge

Biochemistry (B.S.)

Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary major, administered jointly by the Biology and Chemistry Departments. The Biochemistry program provides students with a broad background in fundamental concepts in both chemistry and biology with a focus on the chemical processes active within living organisms. This major is intended for those interested in the more chemical and molecular aspects of the life sciences.


Sample Courses

Introduction to Genomics

Biological Chemistry

Biochemistry I/II

Chemical Biology: Structure and Function


Experience Biochemistry

Biochemistry Majors take literature-based advanced electives offered both in the Biology and the Chemistry departments. They also have opportunities to engage in undergraduate research projects for academic credit, in the laboratories of extramural funded Biology or Chemistry faculty. Their experiments are often published in top-ranked scientific journals, and can be presented as a thesis under the auspices of the Honors Program.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Research Assistant, UCLA Medical Systems

Associate Scientist, Biogen Idec

Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting

Clinical Research Assistant, Massachusetts General Hospital

Graduate studies in Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Law, and Pharmacology


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students conducting biology experiment

Biology (B.S., B.A., or minor)

Students enjoy a unique atmosphere in both the laboratory and the classroom that is defined by a mixture of academic rigor and personal relationships.  The faculty is committed to teaching and advising undergraduate students as well as advancing cutting-edge research. Courses are designed to promote scientific literacy and a sophisticated understanding of complex biological systems.


Degrees and Concentrations

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – a structured program for students who are interested in pursuing those aspects of the field that require a strong background knowledge in physics, chemistry, and mathematics and for students who want to fulfill pre-medical/pre-dental requirements as part of their major.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – a flexible program that can prepare students for graduate school in the life sciences or can be integrated with other areas including law, ethics, history, sociology, computer science, and management.

Biochemistry (B.S.) – co-sponsored with Chemistry Department. See the major description above to learn more.

Bioinformatics Concentration - an interdisciplinary field of study combining aspects of Biology, Mathematics, and Computer Science.


Sample Courses

Introduction to Neuroscience

Principles of Immunology

Viruses, Genes, and Evolution

Genomics and Personalized Medicine


Experience Biology

Students majoring in biology take Advanced Experience courses to engage in data analysis and develop critical thinking skills that are fundamental to experimental science. These courses may be small group topical seminars or project-derived research lab courses. Students also have opportunities to do research in faculty laboratories providing them with exposure to the larger scientific community of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research professionals.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Clinical Research Assistant, Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Data Specialist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Laboratory Manager, Harvard Medical School

Graduate studies in Biology, Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacy, and Public Health


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Student with professor in chemistry lab

Chemistry (B.S.)

The Chemistry Department at Boston College offers students a challenging, yet nurturing environment. In addition to gaining a solid foundation in chemistry through lecture and laboratory coursework, undergraduates have the opportunity to collaborate with teams in the Chemistry Department, as well in other disciplines, and conduct cutting edge research in modern, state-of-the-art facilities. Chemistry faculty are active in research in organic and organometallic chemistry, chemical biology and biochemistry, and physical, nanomaterials, atmospherics, and theoretical chemistry.


Sample Courses

Honors Organic Chemistry

Advanced Methods in Chemistry

Computational Chemistry

Principles of Chemical Biology


Experience Chemistry

The Chemistry Department is committed to engaging undergraduate students in exciting, faculty-supervised research, as early as the spring of sophomore year.  The department offers diverse opportunities in scientific investigation within the areas of organic, biological, physical, or inorganic chemistry. Student researchers receive mentoring from faculty members, as well as opportunities to present and publish their work. B.C. students are well prepared to compete for many prestigious fellowships.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Research Chemist, Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research

Analytical Chemist, Chemic Laboratories, Inc.

Research Assistant, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Business Development Coordinator, The CDM Group

Graduate studies in Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine, Education, and Pharmacology


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Assistant Professor of Classical Studies Gail Hoffman teaching her class, "Art in Ancient Greece" in Stokes H

Classical Studies (B.A. or minor)

The art, philosophy, and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans serve as the foundation for much of Western culture. Students of Classical Studies read and analyze ancient texts in Greek and Latin and learn about the history and culture of the ancient world. The Classical Studies department offers language and advanced reading courses in Latin and ancient Greek along with a range of courses on ancient cultures. The Classical Studies major focuses on the classical languages, but courses are also offered in English, making the Classical Studies program accessible to all students, regardless of their prior experience.


Degrees and Concentrations

Major in Classical Studies - The major in Classical Studies is designed to give mastery in ancient Greek and/or Latin and a knowledge of Greek and Roman history, civilization, and culture.

Minor in Ancient Civilization - The interdisciplinary minor in Ancient Civilization focuses on the art, archaeology, history, and culture of the classical world, without the requirement of learning Latin or Greek. It makes a good complement to majors such as History, Philosophy, Theology, Political Science, and Fine Arts.

Sample Courses

Latin Love Elegy

Advanced Greek: Sophocles' Oedipus

Roman History

Classical Mythology

Culture of Athenian Democracy

Art and Archaeology of Homer and Troy


Experience Classical Studies

Classical studies students have access to the department’s own library and seminar room in the new Stokes Hall humanities building. In addition to the department’s and the University’s resources, Classical Studies courses take advantage of Boston’s rich variety of cultural institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts. Students have the opportunity to study in Greece or in Italy, especially the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and the College Year in Athens programs. In recent years, students have had opportunities to take part in archaeological digs in the summer.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Law Clerk, U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Clinical Research Coordinator, MGH Psychiatry Department


Graduate studies in Classics, Philosophy, and Law


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A digital media class

Communication (B.A.)

The ability to persuasively and coherently communicate ideas is among the most important skills sought by employers. Communication, the third most popular major at Boston College, specializes in the study, criticism, research, and teaching of the principles of communication through a variety of perspectives. After receiving a foundation in communication research and theory through a series of introductory courses, students are able to specialize in areas such as interpersonal communication, media and cultural studies, and rhetoric and public advocacy.


Sample Courses

Survey of Mass Communication

Studio Television Production

Globalization and the Media

Gender Roles and Communication

Race, Law, and Media

Crisis Communication


Experience Communication

Students majoring in Communication put the theory learned in the classroom to practical use in a variety of ways. The department has a media lab and robust internship program. Internship placements include major market media outlets, print journalism, non-profits, advertising and public relations firms, hospital public affairs, government relations, political campaigns and law firms. Students interested in journalism may take a variety of courses under the American Studies minor, as well as advertising and PR courses offered as university electives.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Account Executive, Weber Shandwick

Manager, Basketball Communications, NBA

Assistant Marketing Manager, L’Oreal

National desk news editor, CNN

NBC production assistant, Sochi Olympics

Associate Producer, ESPN

Associate Publisher, Conde Nast

Executive Excellence Program, Saks Fifth Avenue

Commercial Leadership Program, GE Capital

Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting

Graduate studies in Law, Journalism, Education, Social Work, and Business


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Professor Muller works with a student during office hours

Computer Science (B.A., B.S., or minor)

A knowledge of computers is central to almost every field in business, government, and academia. Aiming to provide graduates with a solid foundation in computing concepts and skills, the Computer Science Department offers undergraduate programs leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Computer Science students can focus their studies in a number of areas, including multimedia, information processing, mathematical and algorithmic foundations, software engineering, networks and distributed systems, and the business of computing.


Degrees and Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of computer science.  Includes practical, hands-on experiences with computing systems, as the current technology job market dictates.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Provides and extensive background in computer science and is well-suited for students considering graduate study or students planning to pursue careers in sciences or engineering.

Minor in Scientific Computing - This interdisciplinary minor emphasizes methodologies that have been developed for empirical research, and stresses cross-fertilization of research methods across disciplines like the natural sciences, economics, mathematics, and finance.

Bioinformatics Concentration - Bioinformatics combines aspects of biology, mathematics, computer science with a focus on assembling and analyzing large datasets like human population and medical statistics, genetics, and protein structures.


Sample Courses

Web Application Development

Object Oriented Design


Data Mining

Mobile Application Development


Experience Computer Science

Computer Science students have access to faculty members who are active researchers, as well as lab facilities, including the Computer Architecture Lab, the Security and Distributed Systems Lab, and the general department lab. These facilities feature state of the art equipment and are administered by experienced faculty members.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

iPhone Team, Apple Computer

Junior Associate Software Engineer, Wayfair

Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte Consulting

Software Engineer, Zynga

Founder, CTO, Sync OnSet

Co-founder, WePay


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A student conducting a field experiment

Earth and Environmental Sciences (B.S. or minor)

The effects of climate change, the management of our shrinking supply of natural resources, and disasters such as floods and earthquakes all make the study of the earth and the environment important to our future. The Earth and Environmental Sciences department prepares students to study the earth’s complex systems and the interrelations among the solid earth, the hydrosphere, the biosphere, and the atmosphere. The department provides students with the skills and varied background needed to address society’s growing energy and resource needs, and the environmental consequences of those needs.


Degrees and Concentrations

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Geological Sciences - Students will learn to think critically about scientific problems in the geological sciences, understand geological and geophysical maps and perform field research, and collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative and quantitative scientific data.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Geoscience - This major is designed for students interested in studying the geosciences and combining that scientific background with a background in other fields to pursue a career solving practical problems facing society. Students will learn to collect and interpret quantitative earth and environmental scientific data and think critically about scientific aspects of environmental issues.


Sample Courses

Environmental Systems: The Human Footprint

River Restoration and Management

Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture

Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Environmental Geophysics


Experience Geological Sciences

Earth and Environmental Science students can look forward to exciting and rewarding careers as society continues to require ever larger amounts of energy and resources, and to face increasing environmental problems and concerns. Whether understanding hazards and environmental challenges such as earthquakes, landslides, floods, sea level rise, and climate change, exploring for petroleum thousands of feet below the surface of the ocean, or working with governmental agencies or industry to analyze pollution problems, the earth sciences provide exciting possibilities for a rewarding career.

The Weston Observatory is a geophysical research and science education center that conducts basic research on earthquakes and related processes, provides public information after significant earthquakes occur, and contributes to earthquake awareness and education. The Weston Observatory is the center for earthquake monitoring in New England, and conducts research in areas such as geotechnical engineering, global tectonics, and paleobotany.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Development Officer, Earthwatch Institute

Geoscientist, Baker Hughes

Petrophysicist, CGG Geo Consulting

Analyst, RBC Capital Markets

Graduate studies in Geology, Earth Sciences, and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning


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An economic class

Economics (B.A. or minor)

Economics is vital for making informed decisions in many areas of modern life, from healthcare to education, from sports to finance. The Economics major, now the most popular program of study at Boston College, provides training in the economic theory essential for solving problems creatively and the statistical tools necessary for analyzing policy issues in today’s data rich environment. After taking a common set of required courses, students choose from elective courses in a wide range of fields, including money and banking, international trade and finance, economic development, and industrial organization.


Sample Courses

History of Financial Crises

Health Economics

Public Policy in an Aging Society

Environmental Economics

Sports Econometrics


Experience Economics

Students can earn credit and experience Europe during a four-week summer course. Economics faculty members from Boston College serve as teachers and mentors. During this year's course, "Economic Policy Analysis in Turbulent Times: Europe and Turkey," students traveled to Berlin and Istanbul to study the similarities and differences in how the German and Turkish governments responded to the recent economic and financial crisis.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Associate Consultant, Bain and Company

Business Analyst, Target Corporation

Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Investment Banking Analyst, JP Morgan Chase

Graduate studies in Economics, Mathematics, Law, Medicine, Management, Public Policy, and Education


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Associate Professor of English Amy Boesky teaching her class, "Stuart Literature and Culture" in Stokes Hall.

English (B.A.)

The English major teaches critical thinking by exposing students to a wide range of expression in the literary traditions of the past and present. English majors gain the ability to write clearly and coherently, to interpret and analyze texts and other cultural media, and to recognize the variety of critical approaches to literature and culture.


Degrees and Concentrations

Creative Writing Concentration - Students can focus their major on writing with a series of practice-based workshops, often led by currently published authors, that supplement their literature courses. Students in the concentration also attend monthly social gatherings to read new work and share news about literary activity on campus.


Sample Courses

Digital Dubliners

The City in Literature and Film

Popular Fictions in the Americas

Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries

Writing Workshops (in three genres at three levels)

Global Englishes


Experience English

Students can submit their work to a variety of campus publications, including Stylus, Boston College’s literary magazine and The Heights, the biweekly independent student newspaper. The English department also offers a number of annual prizes for outstanding prose, poetry, and essay writing, and partners with the Lowell Humanities Lecture Series to bring internationally renowned writers to campus for readings, colloquia, and guest workshops.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Production Assistant, ABC News

Reporter, The New York Times

Reporter, Dow Jones News Service

Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

Writer, The New Yorker

Senior Editor Boston Magazine

Editorial Assistant, Harper Collins Publishing

Paralegal, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

Graduate studies in English, Creative Writing, Journalism, Law, Education, and Management

Published Novelists and Poets; Professors and Secondary School teachers


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A field experiment in environmental studies

Environmental Studies (B.A. or minor)

The Environmental Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum to students interested in sustainability. The major is an integrated approach to the complex ecological, geological, social, and cultural systems that affect the environment. Students can concentrate their studies on themes such as food and water sustainability or climate change and adaptation, or focus on a certain discipline like history, political science, or sociology. Enrollment in the Environmental Studies major is limited, and is determined by competitive application at the end of freshman year.


Sample Courses

Environmental Systems: Ecosystems

Environmental Economics

River Restoration and Management

Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resources

Society and Environmental Transformations


Experience Environmental Studies

Each spring Boston College seniors enrolled in the Environmental Seminar course engage in a semester-long applied research project. Each team of seniors works closely with a campus or community mentor organization to address a specific environmental problem that pertains to that organization. Recent research projects have explored the Jesuit commitment to sustainability, rooftop garden on campus buildings, an audit of vending machine energy use, and an evaluation of Boston College Dining Services’ carbon footprint.


Beyond BC

(a sample or recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Senior Coordinator for Sustainability & Employee Engagement, SunGard

Outreach & Development Associate, Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound

Sustainability Analyst, FMC Corporation

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film studies students

Film Studies (B.A. or minor)

The Film Studies major offers a broad-based education in the history and theory of film in the United States and abroad, as well as concrete skills in filmmaking and editing that enable students to produce their own films. Research-based studies in American and world cinema explore the influence of film throughout the world, and the diverse cultures and historic periods that have shaped the medium. Students are encouraged to widen and deepen their understanding of film through additional courses in art history, studio art, theatre, and communication.


Sample Courses

Digital Non-Linear Editing

History of European Cinema

Adaptation: Fiction into Film

Cinema of the Greater Middle East

Maverick Hollywood Directors


Experience Film Studies

The Film Studies department is home to the Jacques Salmanowitz Program for Moral Courage in Film, which is devoted to encouraging the production of film concerned with acts of moral courage, providing role models for youth worldwide. The program provides consultation and funding for travel and production expenses to aspiring producers of documentary films and maintains an archive of past student films. Student films are often showcased at the annual Boston College Arts Festival.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Film industry roles, including: Film Producer, Director, Editor, Screenwriter, Talent Facilitator, and Art Director

Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Board

Corps Member, Teach for America, City Year

Graduate studies Education, Law, Sacred Music, and Journalism


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German Studies (B.A. or minor)

The faculty and staff in the German Studies Department are always thrilled to meet new students who speak German, and are equally enthusiastic to greet those who are just beginning to learn the language. First Year students at all levels of German proficiency can start, or continue, learning German at Boston College, can study abroad in a German-speaking country, and can graduate with a versatile and marketable degree in German and German Studies.

German Studies students receive a comprehensive education in the language, culture, business, and history of Germany from the Middle Ages to the present, personal contact with professors, individualized mentoring, and internship opportunities. Through the Stammtisch (weekly conversation hour) and the German Club, the department encourages students to speak German outside the classroom. Boston College offers study abroad programs in Germany and Austria (for beginning, intermediate and advanced students of German proficiency), as well as programs tailored specifically to the needs of students in the Carroll School of Management.


Degrees and Concentrations

Minor in German - Students from other majors may pursue in-depth language study with a minor in German. The minor encourages an international focus and study abroad opportunities.

Minor in German Studies - The minor in German Studies differs from a minor in German in that it offers an interdisciplinary approach to the language and cultures of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.


Sample Courses

Triumphs and Failings of Modern Man

German Composition and Conversation

Music and the Word: The German Musical Heritage

Knights, Castles, and Dragons

German Business and Trends in Europe


Experience German Studies

Students in the German Studies department have a long record of success in earning Fulbright Fellowships, a prestigious scholarship that offers a full stipend for a year of postgraduate study at a foreign university. In 2014, five of Boston College’s nine Fulbright winners were headed to Germany or Austria. In 2007, the German Studies department had 13 Fulbright winners.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Financial Management Analyst, Bank of America

Associate, Gerson Lehrman Group

Paralegal, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison

Teacher, Boston Latin School

Associate Consultant, LEK Consulting

Fulbright Fellow, Institute of International Education

Graduate studies in Philosophy


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Professor of History Alan Rogers teaching his class, "Study/Writing of History" in Stokes Hall.

History (B.A. or minor)

The History Major at Boston College not only acquaints our students with a past that helps illuminate the present, but also equips them with the research methods, analytical tools, and writing skills that prepares them for a future in a variety of professions.  Our diverse course offerings, sometimes chronological, sometimes topical, but always challenging, provide our majors with the multi-cultural perspective so crucial to advancing one’s way in an increasingly complex and interrelated contemporary world. 


Degrees and Concentrations

Fifth-Year B.A./M.A. Program - Juniors may apply for a fifth year to earn a Master of Arts degree in History.


Sample Courses

Asia Pacific War

Odysseys in the Western and Islamic Traditions

The Credit Nexus: The Secret History of the Economy in Britain, 1600s–1900s Multiculturalism in the Roman Empire

Celluloid Salvation: Redemption in American History and Film

The Plains Indians

The War on Terror


Experience History

Boston, which in various stages of its development has been known as “a city upon a hill,” “the cradle of liberty,” “the Athens of America,” and “the most Catholic city in America,” is a wonderland of historic sites and historical societies.  But not only is it a place for sightseeing, it is also a place to learn by doing, through internships at the various organizations dedicated to keeping the past alive for the present.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Museum Administration

Equities Traders/Wall Street

Lawyers (in private practice and in public agencies, e.g., US Department of Labor)

U.S. State Department, CIA, FBI, and Secret Service

National news organizations

Teachers at all levels of educational institutions

Graduate studies in History, Education, Museum Studies, Archaeology, Medical School, and Law School

Service years or post-graduate fellowships with Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, City Year, Teach for America, Marshall and Fulbright Fellowships

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Students studying in Bapst Library


International Studies (B.A. or minor)

International Studies offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that teaches students to understand the international elements of complex problems facing society today. The major includes a broad set of core requirements and a disciplinary base in which students focus their study: economics, political science, ethics and international social justice, or global cultural studies. Enrollment in the International Studies major is limited; students can apply after their first year at Boston College.


Sample Courses

Ethics, Religion, and International Politics

International Environmental Science and Policy

Globalization and the Media

International Economic Relations

International Law

Experience International Studies

The interdisciplinary nature of International Studies provides comprehensive familiarity with how different disciplines approach a given set of questions, while also developing depth of knowledge in specific fields, including methodological techniques of those fields. With department support, students frequently pursue internships and study abroad opportunities to enrich their academic experiences. Sixty percent of students will study abroad, often opting to take their full course load in the native language for a true immersion experience.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Consultant, Charles River Associates

Analyst, Deutsche Bank

Corporate Risk Solutions Analyst, Royal Bank of Scotland

FBI, Intelligence Analyst

Financial Management Program, GE Healthcare

Project Analyst, The American Chambers of Commerce in Finland

State Department, Foreign Service Officer

Graduate studies in International Studies, Business, Economics, Law, and Medicine, and Urban Planning


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Associate Professor of History Benjamin Braude teaching his class, "Middle East/20th Century."

Islamic Civilization and Societies (B.A. or minor)

The interdisciplinary nature of the Islamic Civilization and Societies program allows students to gain an appreciation for the complexities and nuances of the Islamic world through coursework in political science, history, fine arts and theology, among others. Students will attain proficiency in Arabic or another language related to the Islamic World. Enrollment in the Islamic Civilization and Societies major is limited to 15 students a year. Students can apply in the fall semester of their second year at Boston College.


Sample Courses

Islam and Liberal Democracy

Rise and Rule of Islamic States

Art of the Silk Road

Encountering the Quran

History of Modern Iran

Music and Culture in the Middle East


Experience Islamic Civilization and Societies

Al-Noor, Boston College's undergraduate Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies journal, aims to promote a discourse about the diverse opinions, myriad cultures, histories, and perspectives that comprise the Middle East. Published twice a year, Al-Noor is entirely student-run and provides a forum for student research, opinion, and photography about the Middle East.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Political Affairs Officer for Egypt, U.S. State Department

Fulbright Research Scholar, Jordan

Middle East Analyst, U.S. Department of Defense

Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer, Jordan

Journalist, CNN

Communications Coordinator, Brookings Institution - Doha

Curatorial Fellow, Art of the Middle East Department, Los Angeles Museum of Art

Deloitte Consulting with USAID, South Sudan

Graduate studies in Arab Studies, Art History, and Law


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Students studying in O'Neill Library

Linguistics (B.A. or minor)

The program in Linguistics, housed in the Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages & Literatures, examines what makes languages tick, what makes them the same, and what makes them different. With close faculty guidance students build a program tailored to individual emphases and goals. A linguist doesn’t just learn languages, but, much more importantly, learns how to analyze them. Typical areas of approach include philology (the historical and structural study of languages), psycholinguistics, and language acquisition.


Sample Courses

Syntax and Semantics


Old Irish


Language in Society

The Language of Liturgy

Language and Ethnicity

Experience Linguistics

In addition to courses on various theoretical aspects of Linguistics, students work with data from both current rare languages and ‘dead’ languages. The program encourages the acquisition of working abilities in languages from the rich offerings at Boston College as well as from study abroad or summer linguistics institutes.


Beyond BC

North American Language and Cultural Assistant, Spanish Ministry of Education

Software Engineer, LexisNexis

Language Analyst, Google

Fulbright Fellow, Computational linguistics and speech recognition research

Graduate studies in Linguistics, Speech Pathology, Law, and Education


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Students in a Calculus II class

Mathematics (B.S., B.A., or minor)

The complexities of our computerized, globalized world have made a deep understanding of mathematics crucial to a wide range of fields. Students in the Mathematics department will receive a thorough education in mathematical concepts and applications, preparing them for graduate study in many disciplines, as well for professions where math is applied, like finance, economics, the natural sciences, and education. Mathematics students have access to year-round tutoring as well as academic advising within the department.


Degrees and Concentrations

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - This is designed to give students a rigorous and thorough mathematical experience, one that includes connection to another area of scholarship in which mathematics is an essential tool. In particular, the program is strongly recommended for those who wish to pursue graduate study in mathematics.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - The B.A. program is designed to provide a solid foundation in the main areas of mathematics and mathematical applications. Coursework is offered in preparation for careers in the actuarial profession, applied areas of government and industry, and education.

Minor in Mathematics - The minor in mathematics allows students majoring in other disciplines to reinforce their quantitative and reasoning skills.

Scientific Computing Minor - This interdisciplinary minor emphasizes the methodologies that have been developed for empirical research, and stresses the cross-fertilization of research methods across disciplines like the natural sciences, economics, mathematics, and finance.


Sample Courses

Introduction to Abstract Algebra

Introduction to Number Theory

Mathematical Programming

Euclid's Elements



Experience Mathematics

The Mathematics Department at Boston College is home to an ongoing conversation on the latest concepts and theories in mathematics. Boston College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology co-host a Joint Number Theory Seminar, featuring important advances in modern number theory. The department also hosts an ongoing Geometry/Topology Seminar, a Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics Series, and a Mathematics Education Colloquium.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Actuarial Associate, Fidelity Investments

Research Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Quantitative Research Associate, Cambridge Associates

Reporting Engineer, Epic Systems

Product Management Development Program, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Corps Member, Teach for America, World Teach

Graduate studies in Mathematics, Education, Computer Science, Law, and Management


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Boston College students performing at Boston Symphony Hall

Music (B.A. or minor)

Beethoven, the Beatles, opera, jazz, Irish folk music, Middle Eastern music—the Music Department offers a broad-based education with opportunities for specialization in areas of composition, performance, music history, and cultural studies.  The department’s liberal arts framework helps students understand music in these broad perspectives while preparing them to continue in composition, performance, scholarship or simply personal appreciation. The department offers voice and instrument lessons for students of all skill levels, and provides opportunities for students to perform in any of Boston College’s many vocal and instrumental ensembles.


Sample Courses

Fundamentals of Music Theory

Jazz Harmony and Arranging

Medieval and Renaissance Music


Music and Culture in the Middle East

Music and America


Experience Music

The Music department along with the Bands Program and Student Affairs gives students the chance to perform in a wide variety of ensembles, from large groups—like the Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale, University Wind Ensemble or Voices of Imani Gospel Choir—to smaller groups like Chamber Music Society, Opera & Music Theater Workshop, Flute Ensemble, Pop Styles Ensemble, or a variety of student-run a cappella groups.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Band Director, Dedham, MA

Sound Design, Eastern Acoustic Works

Broadway Pit Orchestra, South Pacific

Graduate studies in Composition, New England Conservatory

Graduate studies in Performance, Carnegie Mellon University


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a philosophy class

Philosophy (B.A. or minor)

The Philosophy department offers a balanced program of courses regarding the history and problems of philosophy in areas such as continental European philosophy, medieval philosophy, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of science. Philosophy students can pursue one of several tracks toward a major, including systematic philosophy; science, ethics, and humanity; philosophy and religion; international studies/public policy; economics/justice; philosophy and the arts; or the Perspectives interdisciplinary track.


Degrees and Concentrations

Major in Philosophy – In keeping with the view of philosophy as a way to diversify one's education as a preparation for a variety of professional careers, the Philosophy major allows for the pursuit of several tracks rather than a one-size-fits all approach. Each Philosophy major is assigned an advisor from the department who helps the student construct a rigorous and coherent major. Students interested in pursuing graduate work in philosophy take a broad spectrum of electives in ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary philosophy. The Director of Undergraduate Studies organizes a program of advisement including annual workshops devoted to evaluation of various graduate programs and preparation of graduate applications. Our best students are regularly accepted into first-rate Ph.D. programs.

Minor in Philosophy – The minor in Philosophy gives students several thematic options corresponding to the traditional divisions of philosophical inquiry: ethical and political philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and the history and philosophy of science.

Fifth-Year B.A./M.A. Program - Select juniors may apply for a fifth year to earn a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy.


Sample Courses

Perspectives on Western Civilization

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Imagination

Classical and Contemporary Asian Philosophy

Does God Exist?

Philosophies of Dissent


Experience Philosophy

Dianoia is the undergraduate philosophy journal of Boston College. Founded in 2011, this entirely student-run journal seeks to publish thoughtful, original, and creative essay-style papers on any philosophical idea or topic. Recent editions have included essays such as “Banksy: Dissident Artist”; “Beyond Chiroptophobia: Capital Vision in Batman Begins”; and “Dostoevsky on Human Freedom: Responding to the Gift of Freedom in Modern Society.”


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Sustainability; Employee Engagement Coordinator, SunGard

Academic Administrator, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Associate Media Planner, Digitas

Partners In Learning Manager, Microsoft

Program Coordinator, Children’s Hospital Boston

Graduate studies in Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, Law, and Biotechnology


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Physics professor Michael Naughton and one of his students.

Physics (B.S. or minor)

Students who study physics at Boston College receive rigorous preparation in the basic aspects of physics through a combination of class work, laboratory courses, independent research projects, and extracurricular activities. Physics majors are taught to understand and articulate current prominent research questions in physics, structure and implement independent inquiry, and communicate research results in a scientifically appropriate manner. A four-to-one student-to-faculty ratio ensures that students will have access to professors for mentorship and guidance.


Sample Courses

Introduction to Physics

Electricity and Magnetism

Quantum Physics

The Physics of Conventional and Alternative Energy



Experience Physics:

The Physics department guarantees that 100 percent of undergraduates that seek a research position will get one. Current research interests in the department include the physics of strongly correlated electrons, electromagnetic metamaterials, novel photovoltaic materials, and heat transport in nanostructures.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Client Services, Algorithmic Trading Management

Consultant, Exeter Group

Apprentice Software Developer, BitFountain

QA Analyst, Eze Software Group

Financial Counselor, Goldman Sachs

Graduate studies in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Law, and Education


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A political science class

Political Science (B.A.)

Students will learn about the most important methods and works of political inquiry, gain an understanding of how the social sciences approach the theory and practice of politics, and analyze the economic and political relations among nations. Students receive introductory instruction in the fundamental concepts of political science before taking elective courses in four subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, and political theory. A degree in political science provides a strong foundation for careers in politics, public service, and many other fields, as well as further graduate study.


Sample Courses

The American Presidency

How to Rule the World

Rights in Conflict

Comparative Politics and Development

Politics and Institutions of International Economics


Experience Political Science

The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy routinely hosts world-class experts in political science for lectures and symposia. The Center offers a junior fellows program for undergraduate students interested in pursuing studies in constitutional democracy, as well as a civic internship grant to subsidize unpaid work in the public and non-profit sectors.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Associate Consultant, Bain and Company

Legislative Aide, U.S. Congress

Research Associate, Eduventures

Commercial Leadership Program, General Electric

Community Ambassador, United Way

Graduate studies in Political Science, Law, International Relations, Education, and Public Policy


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McGuinn Hall, home to the Psychology department

Psychology (B.A. or B.S.)

The Psychology major provides students the opportunity for intellectual growth and a deeper understanding of the human condition. The two degree options in the Psychology Department introduce students to a broad range of topics in the field, while also giving students the opportunity to specialize in areas of particular interest to them. Both options allow students to gain research experience working in one or more of Boston College’s psychology labs.


Degrees and Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - This is the traditional major in Psychology. The B.A. degree is suited to students interested in mental functioning at the behavioral level. This program of study includes a balanced offering of courses in social, developmental, cognitive, personality, neuroscience, and abnormal psychology.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - The B.S. degree caters to students interested in the brain mechanisms of human and animal behavior and mental functioning. It offers the same courses as does the B.A. major, but with much more emphasis on neuroscience. Students will take an interdisciplinary range of courses on evolution of behavior, neurobiology, and the neural basis of higher cognitive and emotional processes.

Clinical Psychology concentration - The Clinical Psychology concentration is designed for Psychology B.A. majors with a particular interest in careers in clinical or counseling psychology or clinical social work.

Fifth Year B.A.-B.S./M.A. program - Selected juniors may have the opportunity to apply for a fifth year to earn a Master of Arts in Psychology.


Sample Courses

Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science

Personality Theories

Culture, Identity and the Asian-American Experience

Psychology of Gender

Cognitive Neuroscience: Exploring Mind and Brain


Experience Psychology

Each year students present their research in a poster session for faculty and fellow students at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Psychology undergraduates have a variety of opportunities to assist in research in the department’s 11 labs, including the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab, the Emotion Development Lab, and the Infant and Child Cognition Lab.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Analyst, BlackRock

Clinical Research Assistant, Massachusetts General Hospital

Psychology Research Coordinator, Cambridge Health Alliance

Residential Counselor, Vinfen Corporation

Sales Representative, Oracle

Graduate studies in Psychology, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Law, Education, Business, and Social Work


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an Italian Literature class

Romance Languages and Literatures (B.A. or minor)

The Romance Languages and Literatures department offers an immersive language and cultural experience in French, Spanish, and Italian. Students achieve a high linguistic proficiency and a deep insight into the literature and culture of global nations. Courses are available from the elementary to the expert level, and most courses—including literature and theory classes—are conducted in the target language. Romance Language students have many opportunities to study abroad at one of 18 schools partnered with Boston College in France, Italy, and Spain.


Degrees and Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Minor in French - Students choose foundation courses, plus advanced and elective courses, in French language, literature, culture and civilization.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Minor in Hispanic Studies - Majors and minors enroll in Contextos, a course which introduces students to a wide range of Hispanic texts. Students learn the concepts and terminology essential for original critical thinking. Foundation courses cover Peninsular and Latin American literature and culture. Students also pursue advanced elective coursework in Hispanic studies, reading, composition and conversation.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Minor in Italian - Students build on a foundation of coursework in composition, conversation and reading and choose advanced elective coursework in Italian Literature and Culture.


Sample Courses

Eighteenth Century French Novel

The French New Wave

Immigrant Voices in Contemporary Italy

Michelangelo and His World

The Colonial Immigration: History and Identity in Spanish America

Contemporary Latin American Writers


Experience Romance Languages and Literatures

The Language House, on the third floor of the Vouté residence hall, is a unique opportunity for students interested in French or Spanish language immersion. Up to 30 sophomores, juniors, and seniors can live together and speak their target language, with guidance from graduate resident assistants who are native speakers. The house sponsors concerts, lectures, film screenings, and meals from French and Spanish restaurants in the area.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

AdWords Associate, Google Global Online Advertising Team

Fulbright Fellow, Institute of International Education

Teaching Assistant, French Government

Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting

Financial Analyst, JP Morgan Chase

High School Spanish Instructor

Graduate studies in International Affairs, Education, and Law


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Burns Library

Russian (B.A. or minor), Slavic Studies (B.A.)

Study Russian or Slavic Studies in the Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages & Literatures department, which also houses programs (minors) and courses in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, as well as a B.A. program in Linguistics.


Degrees and Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and minor in Russian - Russian majors and minors can take courses in grammar and composition, literature, and linguistics.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Slavic Studies - The interdisciplinary major in Slavic Studies provides broadly-based training in scholarship about Russia and the nations of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In addition to language and literature and linguistics, students can work in related areas such as philosophy, theology, economics, political science, history, education, art history, or film studies. The Department also supports a related interdisciplinary minor in East European Studies.


Sample Courses

Early Slavic Linguistics and Texts

Introduction to and Continuing Bulgarian

Post Soviet Russian Literature

Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

Russian Literature of the Fantastic

The Avant-Garde, the Silver Age, and Modernism in Russia

Russian Cinema


Experience Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures

The highly cosmopolitan Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages & Literatures also offers courses in languages not offered anywhere else in the University, including Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Persian, and Turkish. The department also participates in a number of study abroad programs in China, Israel, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, and Russia, as well as the International Summer Seminar for Bulgarian Studies in Veliko Turnovo, which is tuition-free for Bulgarian–language students.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Corps Member, Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Fulbright Fellow

Graduate studies in Russian Area Studies and Education


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Sociology professor, Sara Moorman

Sociology (B.A. or minor)

Sociology examines the organizations, structures, and changes in societal groups. It combines rigorous methods of inquiry and analysis with a remarkable freedom of choice in research topics: mass media, the environment, racism, gender issues, class, peace and war, and deviance and social control, to name just a few. At Boston College, sociology students are also introduced to an activist approach towards issues of social justice and equality, making the sociological experience here not only rigorous and creative but also socially relevant and engaged. Training in sociology is useful in a broad range of occupations and also prepares students for graduate study in a variety of disciplines.


Degrees and Concentrations

Fifth-Year B.A./M.A. Program - Junior Sociology majors may apply for a fifth year in which they can earn a Master of Arts in Sociology degree.

Fifth-Year B.A./M.S.W. Program - Sophomore Sociology majors may apply for a fifth year in which they can earn a Master’s degree in Social Work.


Sample Courses

Sociology for Health Care Professions

Deviance and Social Control

Technology and Culture

Inequality in America

Society and Environmental Transformations

Race, Class, and Gender

Doing Well and Doing Good


Experience Sociology

The Sociology department at Boston College has strong capacity in the field of Environmental Sociology. Studying environmental issues from a sociological perspective means exploring the social dynamics that shape our interactions with the natural world. The Sociology department features a number of courses meant to introduce students to this field and prepare them for upper-level coursework and independent thesis study on the topics of sustainable agriculture, consumption, environmental health, environmental justice, and global issues.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Social Worker, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Project Manager, Human Rights Watch London

Director and Co-Founder of SWAG Non-Profit

Math & Science Teacher, Teach for America

Corporate Systems Engineer, EMC

Recreational Therapist, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports

Area Manager, BMW of North America

English Language Coordinator, Edward Brooke Charter School

Private Banking Analyst, J.P. Morgan

Civilian Investigator, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Graduate studies in Sociology, Business, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Social Work


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Art studio in Devlin Hall

Studio Art (B.A. or minor)

In our increasingly image-laden society, visual intelligence and visual literacy are paramount skills. The studio program addresses this prerequisite and provides students with exciting, opportunities for creative exploration in painting, drawing, photography, video, ceramics and digital media. After gaining a broad, hands-on grasp of the foundations of studio work, students then pursue their particular medium in depth. They are encouraged to connect their interests, experience, and other fields of study with their studio practice. The studio program emphasizes the importance of linking a skillful handling of materials with an understanding of the conceptual issues at stake, and an ability to view their own work in an art historical context. It is about having the hand, eyes, brain, and heart working in unison.

Our studio faculty are professional artists who are fully engaged with their work. They represent a variety of points of view, as well as different approaches to art making. As teachers they bring their expertise and passion for their practice to the campus studios. Studio classes are moderate in size and one-on-one exchanges with the professors are the norm.


Sample Courses

Issues and Approaches to Studio Art

Drawing Connections


Digital Diaries

Pandora's Box

Layered Image


Experience Studio Art

The Arts Festival is a four-day celebration of the arts. The Art Club is student run and organizes events and exhibits around campus. The Undergraduate Research Fellowship program allows advanced students to work closely with faculty and assist them with their projects.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Founder and Creative Director, Artiac Innovative Mosaic

Artist-in-Residence, Google Glass Explorer Program at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Founder and Director, Participant Inc Art Space

Graduate studies, University of Chicago

Graduate studies, Yale School of Architecture

Graduate studies, School of Visual Arts

Guggenheim Fellow


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a theater performance

Theatre (B.A. or minor)

The Theatre Department offers a full spectrum of courses in theatre production and performance and an extensive selection of courses in dramatic literature and theatre history. Theatre students will learn to analyze dramatic texts, theatrical events, and experimental forms of theatre. Students will also develop the ability to articulate the role of theatre in society through collaboration with others and participation in the various elements of theatre production. By the end of their studies, students will be proficient in one or more theatrical disciplines, including acting, directing, design, playwriting, stage management, and technical production.


Sample Courses

Improvisation for the Stage

Dance for Musicals

Makeup Design for the Stage

Costume Design


Stage Design


Experience Theatre

Boston College is home to a thriving theatre culture, with numerous productions staged by the Theatre department and student groups. The Robsham Theater Arts Center features the 591-seat Main Stage, as well as the smaller black-box Bonn Studio, a flexible space that can seat up to 150. Students have the opportunity to act, design sets, stage manage, or direct in as many as eight productions each academic year.


Beyond BC

(a sample of recent alumni pursuits following graduation)

Intern, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Investment Consulting Analyst, Mercer

Assistant, Boston Red Sox

Financial Specialist, Bank of America

Graduate studies in Acting, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Playwriting, Musical Theatre, Economics, and Law


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a freshman Perspectives class

Theology (B.A. or minor)

Drawing on an internationally recognized faculty, the Theology Major allows students to pursue rigorous and disciplined understanding of Christian faith within the Catholic tradition, in dialogue with contemporary disciplines and with other faith traditions.


Degrees and Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theology - The Theology major currently offers two different curricular tracks:

The Standard Theology major is relatively unstructured and flexible, easily tailored to various motivations and goals for theological study and adaptable to the diverse paths and timetables by which students come to the major. It offers a theological enrichment and complement to a student’s Boston College education and works well as a 2nd major.

The Honors Theology major is designed for Theology as a 1st major, especially for students interested in further study of theology or related fields. Both rigorous and comprehensive, it provides an integrated introduction to the discipline and a broad foundation for post-graduate study. With its comprehensive distribution requirements across all areas it exposes students to the entire breadth of the theological discipline. With more credit hours and an optional thesis, it allows students to focus on a particular sub-discipline in which to pursue and demonstrate scholarly excellence. As an Honors Program it fosters the kind of academic recognition that facilitates admission to the next level of study.

Minor in Theology - Like the standard Theology major, the Theology minor is a relatively unstructured and flexible program of study, which offers a theological enrichment and complement to a student’s Boston College education.

Faith, Peace, and Justice Minor - This interdisciplinary minor offers students the opportunity to reflect theologically on the intersection of faith, peace, and justice in the contemporary world.

Fifth Year B.A./M.A. Program - Select juniors majors may apply for a fifth year to earn Master of Arts degree in Theology.


Sample Courses

Law, Medicine, and Ethics

Buddhist Ethics

Mystery of God

God and Science

Belief in Modernity

Bible and Ecology


Experience Theology

Boston College offers unusual resources for a Catholic and ecumenical study of all the areas of theology. Not only is the Theology department in itself one of the foremost such departments in the country, but the city of Boston is one of the richest environments in the world for the study of theology. The major in Theology has proven to be excellent preparation for careers and professions requiring careful reasoning, close reading, clarity in written expression, the ability to make ethical decisions, and a broad understanding of cultures. It provides a solid background for graduate study in the humanities and for such professional schools as medicine, business, and law. Many students now also elect theology as a second major or as minor to balance and broaden their education and to provide perspective on other disciplines in the natural or social sciences and the humanities.


Beyond BC

Research Assistant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Audit Associate, Bank of America

Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting

Corps Member, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps

Graduate studies in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Law, International Human Rights, Hebrew Bible, Art History, and Law


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