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All Boston College undergraduates must complete fifteen Core classes as a requirement of graduation. The Core is not something you get out of the way in order to focus on your major; it is what makes a Boston College liberal arts education unique. Students at all universities have majors; the foundational breadth and opportunities for integration through the Core are distinctive to BC as a Jesuit, Catholic school.

Be open to the Core. Faculty who teach in it are passionate about sharing what they know and why they study their subjects. No discipline is simply superior to all others. There are many ways of knowing. You can find out who you are most authentically by being open to different kinds of thinking and understanding, following your own passions while engaging the world generously.

There is no one way to engage the Core.

Many students fulfill their Core in their first years at Boston College. It serves as a broad foundation that familiarizes them with multiple disciplines, enabling them to go deeper into their major. More than one BC student has changed his or her major because a Core class unexpectedly spoke to him or her.

Other students take Core classes throughout their time at BC. If your major requires you to take certain classes every year, you will likely complete your Core over all four years. In their breadth and variety, Core classes provide a valuable balance to the demands of a particular major or program.

Some students will partially complete the Core requirement through AP or transfer credits or classes taken in study abroad programs, over the summer, or at another university. If you are seeking Core credit for a class not taught at BC during a spring or fall semester, start early. See the links on the left menu to answer particular questions.