2017 - 2018 Academic Handbook

Bowdoin SunBowdoin College has produced a general Catalogue since 1807, when a single broadsheet listed the president, two professors and two tutors; the graduates in 1806 (six students) and 1807 (three students); and the total current student body (forty-two).

As the College has grown and evolved—today, 1,956 Bowdoin students can choose from over 750 courses taught by the equivalent of 208 full-time faculty in residence in thirty academic departments and programs—so too has the Catalogue.

In 2015, the Catalogue was renamed the Academic Handbook: Policies and Procedures. This change reflects the transition of individual course listings and descriptions from the printed publication to an electronic format. Students now access courses through a comprehensive database (Polaris) maintained by the Office of the Registrar. Others may access course titles and descriptions at bowdoin.edu/classfinder.

The Academic Handbook continues to serve as the authoritative source of information about Bowdoin College. As with the printed version, the online Academic Handbook presents a comprehensive snapshot in time of the College. The information here is updated once per year and is accurate as of August 1, 2017.

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A PDF version of the printed catalogue is available for download  PDF.