Through classroom discussion, reflection, retreats, service-learning programs, volunteer service, and guided conversations among students and faculty, formative education attempts to knit together the discrete parts of a college education into a larger whole in an effort to help students to become their best selves.
“There is a broader moral order to the universe in which we are called to participate. It is the dimension of us as human beings that formative education tries to awaken and build upon. Imagination and fulfillment are central to the formative experience and to helping students to lead lives of meaning and purpose.”
Cross Currents Seminars
El Camino Pilgrimage Course
Experience, Reflection, and Action (ERA)
“I define student formation as a threepart journey—social formation, spiritual formation, and academic formation. Understanding how the three are interrelated, in and out of the classroom— whether it be retreats, service programs, or mentorship—is integral to helping students to understand themselves and how they can pay it forward at Boston College.”