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To fulfill the University’s CORE Curriculum requirement, undergraduates must complete 15 three-credit courses, which they may select from a wide variety of offerings across the academic disciplines. For 2015–16, Boston College is introducing new interdisciplinary courses, open only to first-year students, that will help satisfy the Core Requirements. These pilot courses, categorized as either “Complex Problems” courses or “Enduring Questions” courses, will be taught collaboratively by two faculty members from different fields. Philosophy Faculty Members Aspen Brinton and Holly Vande Wall will be teaching two of these.

Marina McCoy

Professor Marina McCoy writes on the importance of attentiveness, responsiveness, and gratitude in Ignatian Spirituality, Three Attitudes That Can Help Us Celebrate for 50 Days.

Andea Staiti

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, has announced the promotions of 23 Boston College faculty members. Among those promoted to associate professor with tenure was philosophy faculty member Andrea Staiti.

Peter Kreeft

"Theology is always practical because nothing is more practical than living in reality, living in the real world," professor Peter Kreeft tells National Review Online in a Q&A about his latest book, Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Eileen Sweeney and Sarah Byers

The website History of Philosophy without any Gaps recently posted an interview with Prof. Eileen Sweeney (left) on the work of St. Anselm of Canterbury. This interview joins an earlier one by Assoc. Prof. Sarah Byers on St. Augustine. Hosted by Prof. Peter Adamson of LMU in Munich and King’s College London, the series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition, calling on experts on different figures and periods to offer their insights.

Upcoming Events

The Philosophy and Theology Departments at Boston College will host an International Conference on St. Anselm of Canterbury at Boston College July 27-30, 2015. For more information contact Professor Eileen Sweeney and visit

Where Are They Now?

Michael Petit

"It shaped me as a person"
Michael Petit
'05 says the critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills he learned as a philosophy major at Boston College helped him while serving overseas in the Marine Corps as well as in his current role of giving financial advice to clients as a Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman, Sachs & Co.  

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