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Guide to the Core Curriculum

Saint Anselm College is pleased to announce the implementation of a new core curriculum starting 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.

Class of 2018 and beyond

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:
(See "Core Curriculum Resources" to the left for useful documents)

  • Humanities - Conversatio I, II (HU 103, 104)
  • Freshman English (EN 105)
  • 3 writing intensive electives* (four credits each, at least one course must be taken by the end of the sophomore year)
  • Core learning outcomes (1 four-credit course each unless otherwise noted)
    • 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 (2 four-credit courses)
    • Theological Reasoning (1 Biblical Literacy and 1 Catholic Theological Reasoning)
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Scientific Reasoning
    • Social Scientific Awareness

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.

Honors Degree Requirements (PDF/300KB)

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 follow the link to the Faculty Resources page, part of the Dean of the College website.