As a Jesuit University, Boston College has as its heritage a 400-year 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 study of the defining works of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
A special faculty committee, the University Core Development Committee (UCDC), assists departments in developing the content and methodology of these Core offerings. The committee also encourages the creation of new courses and inter-departmental programs.
Many students report that Core courses open up for them interests and issues that they had been previously unaware of. Such a broadening of horizons is exactly what The Core program is intended to achieve. From this more mature perspective students are better equipped to make a wiser selection of a major. Students also discover that Core courses introduce them to the kind of thinking that coordinates what they are learning in various disciplines and relates this learning to their personal lives.
Email Arthur Madigan, SJ, Core Curriculum Director