University Core Requirements
Courses transferred in from other institutions can be used to fulfill Core Requirements at Boston College. Some Core courses must be taken at Boston College, regardless of whether or not they were taken at a previous institution. For example, while two courses in Philosophy are required, one must be completed at Boston College. This same principle applies to Theology courses. A laboratory component is not required for the courses in the Natural Sciences.
The Transfer Admission Staff makes every attempt to evaluate transferable courses in an effort to fulfill Core courses when appropriate. Please understand that the staff is bound to uphold the principles and philosophy of the Boston College Core Curriculum within the context of a Jesuit education. Core courses can also be fulfilled via qualifying Advanced Placement scores.
Core Curriculum — Undergraduate University Core Requirements
The following courses comprise the Core Curriculum. All students enrolled at Boston College must complete the requirements in order to graduate.
- 1 course in Writing
- 1 course in Literature*
- 1 course in The Arts [Fine Arts, Music, Film or Theater]
- 1 course in Mathematics**
- 2 courses in History [Modern History I and II]
- 2 courses in Philosophy
- 2 courses in Social Sciences***
- 2 courses in Natural Science [Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Environmental Science, or Physics]
- 2 courses in Theology
- 1 course in Cultural Diversity (PY 031 for LSOE)
|*||[Classics; English; German Studies; Romance Languages and Literatures; Slavic and Eastern Languages]
|**||[For CSOM students, 1 semester of Calculus (MT 100 or higher), MT 235 Math for Management Science, and 1 semester of Statistics (EC 151) are required].
|***||[Economics (EC 131 and EC 132) for CSOM, Political Science, Psychology in Education (PY 030 and PY 031 are required for LSOE and acceptable in the College of Arts & Science and the Connell School of Nursing), or Sociology]|
- The Connell School of Nursing curriculum satisfies the University's Cultural Diversity Core requirement.
- The Cultural Diversity requirement may be fulfilled by an appropriate course taken to fulfill another Core requirement, a major requirement, or an elective.
Students are advised to select Core courses very carefully. Identification of Core courses can be determined by contacting the appropriate department head in the College of Arts & Sciences and by reference to each semester's Schedule of Courses.
Please click here for more information on the Undergraduate University Core Requirements.
All students in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Carroll School of Management must, before graduating from Boston College, demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language or in a classical language at the intermediate level. (The Lynch School of Education and the Connell School of Nursing do not have language requirements.)
In both these undergraduate divisions, proficiency in French, German, or Spanish may be demonstrated by a score of 3 or better on the AP exam; or a score of 550 or better on the SAT Subject Test Reading exam in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, or Spanish. A proficiency examination in German is also available through the department. Proficiency in Latin or Greek may be demonstrated by a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam or of 600 or better on the SAT subject test reading exam.
Students wishing to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than those listed above, and those for whom English is not their first language, should consult their class dean. Satisfaction of the requirement through course work requires successful completion of the second semester at the intermediate level or one semester above the intermediate level.
In the Carroll School of Management, language proficiency may also be demonstrated by passing four years of high school language study (which need not be the same language — e.g., two years of Latin and two years of French would fulfill the language requirement). Alternatively, if a student enters Boston College with three years of a foreign language, she or he may fulfill the requirement by taking one year of a new language or by completing two semesters of a language at intermediate level.
Language courses will count as Arts & Sciences electives. Students with documented learning disabilities may be exempt from the foreign-language requirement and should consult with the Associate Dean. Fulfillment of the proficiency requirement by the examinations listed above does not confer course credit.