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.
University Core Curriculum
- One course in Arts (Fine Arts, Music, Theatre)
- One course in Cultural Diversity
- This requirement may be fulfilled by an appropriate course taken to fulfill another core requirement, a major requirement, or an elective.
- Two courses in History (Modern History)
- One course in Literature (Classics, English, German Studies, Romance Language and Literatures, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures)
- One course in Mathematics
- Two courses in Natural Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Geophysics, Physics)
- Two courses in Philosophy
- Two courses in Social Science (Psychology in Education, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
- Two courses in Theology
- One course in Writing
View a listing of courses that satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements.
University Language Requirement
All students in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language or in a classical language at the intermediate level.
In the College of Arts and Sciences students may demonstrate proficiency as follows:
• By successful completion of the course work for second semester intermediate level in a modern or classical foreign language or one course beyond the intermediate level.
• By achieving a score of 3 or above on the AP test or a score of 550 or better on the SAT subject test reading exam in a modern foreign language.
• By achieving a score of 4 or above on the AP test or a score of 600 or better on the SAT subject test in a classical language.
• By achieving a score of 4 or above on the AP test or a score of 650 or better on the SAT subject test in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.
• By having a native language other than English. The student should provide documentation of this native proficiency or be tested by the appropriate department.
• By passing one of the language tests given by the Boston College language departments (for languages other than Romance Languages).