Our Academic Approach

Our Academic Approach

Strong Academics, Strong Preparation

Emmanuel upholds a dynamic and inclusive learning community that respects differing perspectives and explores diverse theories and approaches with energy and focus. Our more than 50 academic programs in the arts, humanities, sciences and business promote investigation across a breadth of disciplines and challenge students to confront complex questions through both a personal lens and one of a broader worldview.

Emmanuel's dedicated and distinguished faculty are scholars and practitioners, mentors and champions. Their innovative research and professional pursuits continuously inform and inspire the curriculum and bring about new instructional methods. Students' involvement in spirited classroom discussions as well as collaborative research projects in classrooms, laboratories and studios—opportunities typically reserved for graduate students at other institutions—forges a path that transforms academic study into personal fulfillment and professional success.  

Institutional Learning Goals

Students who graduate from Emmanuel College will:  

Expand their knowledge through the study of a broad range of subjects and deepen their knowledge within a specific area of interest.

With more than 50 areas of study in the arts, humanities, sciences and business, Emmanuel students gain multidimensional and interdisciplinary knowledge across a wide range of disciplines and choose a specific field of study to explore in depth. Through active discourse in the classroom and hands-on learning experiences, students expand their worldview and develop their critical thinking abilities, positioning them to win prestigious fellowships, gain admission to distinguished graduate programs and embark on rewarding careers.   

Develop and strengthen their intellectual skills.  

Emmanuel's rigorous coursework, substantive experiential activities and co-curricular programs foster dynamic intellectual exploration, inspiring and challenging students to be resourceful, disciplined learners who ask and seek answers to important questions, communicate clearly, and engage deeply in work that matters. Emmanuel students learn how to discover, analyze and synthesize knowledge gained through both independent study and collaborative projects and research that advance their own awareness and abilities and expand the frontiers of human knowledge.   

Develop their ability to contribute to scholarly, professional, civic and creative communities.

Emmanuel students discover, achieve and exceed their personal and professional goals, preparing them to translate their talents and training into successful careers and to contribute to society in meaningful ways. From the first day they set foot on campus, students participate in-and benefit from-Emmanuel's exceptional career services, which are enhanced by the College's global network of loyal alumni who serve as mentors and networking resources. Our location in central Boston offers immediate access to dozens of industry-leading organizations in financial services, healthcare, social services and many other fields. Students take advantage of these boundless internship and career opportunities to develop real-world skills and strong résumés.   

Deepen and clarify their sense of personal, social, ethical and civic responsibility.  

Emmanuel's commitment to social justice plays a pivotal role in our approach to educating the whole person and in preparing students to become strong, ethical leaders. In accordance with Emmanuel's mission and longstanding tradition as a trailblazing institution founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame, we challenge students to confront complex and timely questions with imaginative, deeply personal answers and to act on their beliefs in ways that benefit others as well as themselves. Students learn and act with respect for a global context and enthusiastically engage with purposeful projects that honor our collective obligation to humanity.

The Curriculum

The Arts and Sciences undergraduate program requires a minimum of 128 credit hours of study, which can be earned through a combination of degree requirements and electives.

Read more about Emmanuel's Learning Goals and Academic Requirements