Formative education engages the whole person, guiding young people toward purposeful lives, fulfillment, and more ideal selves and societies. Formative education helps create communities that encourage exploring the different dimensions of intellectual, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual development.
In keeping with the Jesuit tradition, we encourage our students to ask questions such as: What brings me joy? What will give my life meaning and purpose? What does the world need me to be?
Boston College is committed to helping everyone in its community to integrate the intellectual, social, and spiritual so as to live life fully. In its Strategic Plan, the University outlines its commitment to enhance formation—part of Jesuit education since St. Ignatius founded the order in 1540—among students, faculty, and staff to further the University’s mission and strengthen its institutional culture.
City Connects is an LSEHD support program that provides an evidence-based strategy to address out-of-school challenges that diminish a child’s ability to learn and thrive, especially in high-poverty urban school districts.
“We’re working on transforming human beings,” says LSEHD Dean Stanton Wortham. His vision for LSEHD is to shape young people’s development, leading them to live lives of meaning and purpose.
In a first-of-its-kind conference and workshop, LSEHD hosted scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss strategies for measuring the impact of undergraduate education on students' personal growth.
LSEHD and ASCD convened an international audience of teachers, principals, superintendents, and education professionals for the Whole Child, Whole Person Summit.
“Education’s true goal is to prepare young people to adopt ways of living that incorporate values, ideas, and practices that will allow them to become decent, fulfilled human beings.”
Boston College has established many approaches, courses, and programs to ensure that students, faculty, and staff learn and grow in keeping with nearly 500 years of Jesuit educational tradition.
Boston College’s Core Curriculum meaningfully connects the living tradition of the Jesuits with the best and most relevant ways of knowing in our time, establishing a foundation for intellectual development and preparing engaged, effective world citizens.
The Cornerstone program offers first-year students special courses, including the Freshman Topic Seminar and The Courage to Know, in which they are encouraged to reflect on their lives as students and to get to know their academic adviser.
In the Capstone program, seniors and second-semester juniors review their education and preview upcoming long-term commitments, focusing on their personal development in relationships, society, academics, spirituality, career, and personal skills.
The Perspectives program offers interdisciplinary courses inspired by the Jesuit tradition of providing, through the study of the liberal arts and reflection on the common good, a humanist context for professional and scientific education.
The PULSE Program educates students about social injustice by placing them in direct contact with marginalized populations and social change organizations and encouraging discussion on classic and contemporary works of philosophy and theology.
Every week, first-year students meet to discuss experiences; reflect on subjects concerning wholeness, purpose, and community; and engage in meaningful action to promote social justice.
The Center for Student Formation helps students integrate their intellectual, social, and spiritual lives through mentorship programs, retreats, leadership opportunities, and service experiences.
Student Affairs is home to 14 departments that provide programs, resources, and services that promote student learning, health and wellness, leadership development, and engagement.
Campus Ministry fosters lives of faith and justice among the University community through pastoral, sacramental, retreat, and service-immersion programming.
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality communicates to the Boston College community the vision and history of the University’s Jesuit mission and the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola which is the foundation of that mission.
The Intersections office helps faculty and staff engage with the mission of Boston College through seminars, retreats, and international immersion trips, fostering a spirit of university citizenship that strengthens the institution.
MDP provides managers and administrators with a broad understanding of University operations, goals, challenges, and vision through the lens of the Boston College’s Jesuit tradition, educational ideals, and strategic mission.