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FILA: General Education Curriculum

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At BC, the focus isn’t just on selecting a major. Our general education curriculum focuses on tangible skills that will prepare you for your future. We call our general education program “Foundations in Liberal Arts” or FILA. The Latin word fila means threads (or filaments), and it is with these foundational liberal arts courses that you will weave the fabric of your education.

Your initial courses address the fundamental skills of critical inquiry, effective writing, oral communication and quantitative literacy (i.e. the first-year PDP seminar, English, communication and math).

You’ll also develop the ability to engage in a global society through meeting a modern language requirement, taking a class focused on learning deeply about another culture, and taking a class examining issues related to globalization.

You’ll engage ideas across the liberal arts areas of study by taking:

  • one course in the social sciences (such as economics, political science, psychology and sociology)
  • four courses in the humanities (one in fine arts, one in literature, one in history and one in philosophy or religion)
  • one natural or physical science with a lab (biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology or physics)

The experience culminates in the integration of community engagement. You’ll take at least one course designated as experiential, which could be a May Term travel course, a practicum, experiential service-learning or other courses that have you interact with the community outside the classroom.

FILA is flexible, giving you a variety of choices to fulfill the requirements. This leaves room for adding an additional major, adding a minor or a concentration, studying abroad or completing an internship. Choosing the elements of your liberal arts education is a creative process, and with the courses (or threads) of FILA you will weave the fabric of your own personalized education.

View the FILA Requirements