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College of Arts and Sciences

Core Requirements

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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 Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language or in a classical language at the intermediate level.

In 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).