2018 - 2019 Academic Handbook
Bowdoin 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, 1,973 Bowdoin students can choose from over 750 courses taught by the equivalent of 205 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, 2018.