The Curriculum

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.  

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Adapted from the original "Offer of the College"
by William DeWitt Hyde - President of Bowdoin College 1885 - 1917
This is the offer of the college for the
best four years of your life.
To lose yourself in generous enthusiasms
And cooperate with others for common ends –
To make hosts of friends ...
Who are to be leaders in all walks of life;
To carry the keys of the world’s library in your pocket.
To gain a standard for the appreciation of other’s work
And the criticism of your own;
And Art an intimate friend;
To count Nature a familiar acquaintance,
To be at home in all lands and all ages;
The Offer of the College
and the Bowdoin Curriculum