Core and Hub Requirements


Core courses can be used for Hub credit by students in any major, satisfying requirements while complementing their course of study in uniquely advantageous ways.

As Core seeks to explore human beings’ most important questions through multiple lenses, of literature, art, psychology, philosophy, physics and political science, to name only a few, Core students are able to compare multiple disciplines and approaches in a single class. When you do decide on a concentration, your Core courses will also exempt you from introductory courses in many majors, including Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology, Political Science, Classics and English.

Click here to see a factsheet listing all the current equivalencies between Core and major requirements: How Core Counts.

While Core leads some students to their major, for others it shows them why their major truly matters. Core courses are designed to look at the most important issues in each discipline and then examine how the various disciplines treat these issues differently. In this way, Core complements your major by examining how it relates to other fields of knowledge. For an English major this might mean the greater context of world literature; for a Philosophy or Religion major it might mean seeing how common ideas emerged in the literature, art and philosophy of particular periods; for a Biology major it might mean looking at the ethical implications of various ideas about what is essential to life. Core gives an Economics major the opportunity to study Adam Smith and Karl Marx, a Psychology major the opportunity to evaluate Freud, and a major in International Relations the chance to look in depth at Thucydides and Machiavelli. For a student in the College of Communication it might mean examining the nature of rhetoric by looking at it from the point of view of those who discovered it as a science. For an acting major it might mean an encounter with a wholly new aspect of his or her art.

And as Core students come from a wide variety of majors, but address the same questions, they are able to share their different perspectives and learn from one another. Particularly in the second year, when students bring both a shared Core experience and their growing expertise in their own fields to the conversation, Core classes are a collaborative effort. What every Core professor strives to teach is how to learn, and by the end of the students’ Core courses, this is something they know for themselves.

How Core works with your Major

Your major is only one part of the broader BU Hub program, the whole of which engages students in multiple areas of skills development and disciplinary learning. The range of course and experiences encompassed by the Hub prepares students to lead fulfilled and examined lives and assume roles as creative and contributing members of society.

One way of understanding Core is as a distinctive pathway for satisfying Hub requirements. Each major interacts with Core and Hub in its own way; the factsheets below explain the particular advantages to be gained by participating in Core alongside your own choice of major, and anticipate some of the common questions we receive from students regarding these choices.

Core for Undeclared Students

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Core for Students in the Natural Sciences or Pre-Med

Anthropology | Astronomy | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology | Biology | Chemistry | Computer Science | Earth & Environment | Marine Science |  Mathematics | Neuroscience | Physics | Pre-Health

Core for Students in the Humanities

Archaeology | Art History | Classical Studies | English | World Languages | Comparative Literature | Philosophy | Religion | Romance Studies

Core for Students in the Social Sciences

Anthropology  | Archaeology  | Economics | History | International Relations | Linguistics | Political Science | Psychology | Sociology

Core for Students in Other Colleges

SAR | CFA: Music | CFA: Theater | CFA: Visual Arts | COM | SED | ENGPardee
Forthcoming: SHA | KHC | QSB