The Core Curriculum encompasses classroom learning and signature programs that bring together faculty and students from across the College in an enhanced community experience. Thus, for many students, Core functions as a college-within-the-College on a large urban campus. This community-building is a defining feature of Core, and is frequently cited by alumni as one of the foundational components of their time at Boston University.
Whether students take eight Core classes, or just one or two, community programs are open to all members of our undergraduate cohort. Aspects of Core community activity include:
A set of Core-only student awards for distinction in first-year writing, academic performance, and community participation, complemented by a year-round commitment to identifying and promoting opportunities for student leadership, including roles as peer as peer tutors, publication editors, student group officers, and resident advisors.
A month-by-month calendar of co-curricular cultural enrichment, through trips to landmark Boston arts organizations such as the Boston Ballet and the Museum of Fine Arts; trips farther afield to destinations such as Salem and New York City; and student-led curation of customized arts experiences.
Specialty Core housing options, in Warren Towers and South Campus, where student life programs are coordinated with course content and department programs.
Word & Way, the undergraduate student association of the Core Curriculum, whose members support and broaden Core community through weekly programs, campus representation, and fellowship.
Regular email communications that update community members about program news, campus life, and student, faculty and alumni achievement.