The Bowdoin curriculum offers a realization of the Offer of the College for the twenty-first century. The College requires students to seek breadth and depth in their education: breadth through distribution and divisional requirements that encourage exploration and broaden students' capacities to view and interpret the world from a variety of perspectives; and depth through the completion of a major in a department or interdisciplinary program, which challenges students to develop a deeper understanding and self-assurance as independent and creative contributors to an area of study. Students complete at least one full-credit course in each of five distribution areas along with a first-year seminar in their first two years of study, declaring a major in spring of the sophomore year. For graduation, students complete a minimum of thirty-two courses, leaving ample room for exploration in the curriculum. Watch a video to learn more about Bowdoin’s curriculum.
by William DeWitt Hyde - President of Bowdoin College 1885 - 1917
best four years of your life.
And cooperate with others for common ends –
Who are to be leaders in all walks of life;
And the criticism of your own;
and the Bowdoin Curriculum