To prepare the next generation of scholars, advocates and leaders, the Schiller Institute’s academic programs and courses equip BC students with a disciplinary-spanning intellect and 21st century skills. Through the expertise of the Institute’s Core faculty, affiliated faculty, and talented staff these foundational learning opportunities are designed to uniquely prepare students to lead with integrity and dexterity in an increasingly complex world. 

Major and Minor

Global Public Health and the Common Good

The Schiller Institute partners with BC’s Connell School of Nursing to offer the Global Public Health and the Common Good Major and Minor. These programs offer pathways to a range of careers through rigorous interdisciplinary coursework and a foundation in social justice.

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Innovative Courses

The Schiller Institute offers innovative courses that combine academic study with skill development.

Spatial Data Science and Applications (SCHI 2000)

Equips students with the skills to locate, gather, and use spatial data in the context of climate change, food and energy security, water and air quality, and public health. 

Working for & With Communities: Community Engaged and Project-Based Learning for the Common Good (SCHI 3001)

Takes students overseas to work collaboratively within and for communities while developing key skills such as intercultural competency, communication, project management, and leadership. 

Forging Just, Effective Climate Policy in the UN COP Process (SCHI 5010)

Boston College faculty from political science, philosophy, social work, environmental studies, and public health, offer an academic introduction to the influential UN CLimate Change Conference (COP).   

Entrepreneurial Leadership in Energy, Environment and Health (upcoming)

Introduces students to the practice of entrepreneurship in the energy, environment, and health space.