Academic Programs

Emmanuel Roots - First Year Seminar

Emmanuel's Roots: Belgium to Boston and Beyond
This course will examine the many and deep roots of Emmanuel College. It will begin by examining the European roots of the founding of the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1804 and continue by describing the sociology and cultural geography of Boston, the Catholic Church and the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1919 when Emmanuel was founded.

A field trip to the North End of Boston to see the historic sites and the roots of the Sisters of Notre Dame's first mission in Boston in 1849 will be included. The course will then examine the current global mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame in twenty countries of the world to which Emmanuel is connected. It will focus on the countries, including the U.S. and Kenya, where recent Emmanuel graduates serve as N.D. Americorps/Mission Volunteers.

A field trip to South Boston will be included to see where Emmanuel students and Sisters of Notre Dame work with immigrants on the local level. Walking tours of the Fenway and Longwood neighborhoods will be included so that students can learn about the world-class institutions which have been Emmanuel's neighbors for ninety years.

Catholic Social Teaching - Service Learning Course
This course will provide an introduction to over 100 years of Catholic social teaching, using papal encyclicals and pastoral letters from the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, primarily. Analysis of the documents and critiques of the teachings will also be used. Each of the documents will be grounded in its sociological, political, economic and religious context. A service learning component will be included in the course introducing students to service to people in poverty in the Boston area. The mission of national and international Catholic social justice organizations will also be highlighted.

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