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Guide to the Core Curriculum

Saint Anselm College has adopted a new core curriculum that began fall 2014. The new core renews and reinvigorates the college's long-standing commitment to the liberal arts by introducing a curriculum designed to better serve the needs and aspirations of today's student. The new curriculum builds upon the College's strengths, such as its nationally recognized humanities program, while at the same time building in new features, such as greater student choice from among an increased diversity of core electives.

Bachelor of Arts

Graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 128 credits
  • Completion of core curriculum (course requirements outlined below)
  • A major field of concentration in accordance with departmental regulations
  • A comprehensive examination in the major field of concentration

Core curriculum course requirements:
(Download Core checklist (PDF/371KB)  and Core Course Offerings (PDF/350KB)

  • Humanities - Conversatio I, II (HU 103, 104)
  • Freshman English (EN 105)
  • 3 writing intensive electives* 
  • Core learning outcomes
    • Aesthetic & Creative Engagement
    • Citizenship*
    • Global Engagement*
    • Historical Awareness
    • Foreign Modern Language (proficiency through the 200 level or above) or Classical Language (proficiency through Intermediate I)
    • Philosophical Reasoning (1 Theoretical Reasoning and 1 Ethical Reasoning)
    • Theological Reasoning (1 Biblical Literacy and 1 Catholic Theological Reasoning)
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Scientific Reasoning
    • Social Scientific Awareness

(Please Note: Core requirements indicated with an asterisk (*) are eligible to be fulfilled in conjunction with other core courses. Therefore, some courses offered in the core curriculum may fulfill multiple core requirements.)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Graduation and Core curriculum requirements the same as above, with the exception of no Foreign Modern or Classical Language core requirement.

Current Students: "How Does This Affect Me?"

While the new curriculum is being fully implemented the college will experience a transitional period in which some students will have enrolled under the old curriculum and some under the new. The college is committed to making this transition a positive experience for all students. To that end, specific accommodations with regard to core requirements have been made for transitional classes so that all students can participate in the best of what the new curriculum has to offer. For details on the core requirements for your graduating class please choose the appropriate year:


For information on student advising and opportunities to teach in the new core curriculum, please visit Faculty Resources on the Dean of the College Web site.

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