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Academic Center Model

Academic Center Model


students in the liberal arts


At Chestnut Hill College, we’ve transformed the traditional liberal arts education into a more interdisciplinary, INTERRELATED experience specifically designed for today’s sophisticated student. 

Our Academic Center Model breaks with traditional education structures that segment majors and disciplines into separate “silos” with little crossover between departments. Instead, the CHC model merges related fields into intersecting tracks—or Centers—that prepare students to approach life from a cross-disciplinary perspective. 

This centralized, cross-disciplinary model not only reinforces the College’s oath to providing transformative, holistic education, but also puts a greater emphasis on real-world application. As students gain more hands-on experience with interconnected subjects, and interact with leading professionals, their potential to think critically and bridge ideas to tackle whatever comes their way boosts to new levels—not just in individual experience, but on a national and even global scale.  

The new Academic Center Model offers students: 

  • Access to a wider array of perspectives, expertise, and collaboration among students and faculty from multiple disciplines

  • Greater capacity to explore today's current employment fields and learn to problem solve through a multi-discipline lens  

  • Broader-based exposure to varying post-grad opportunities and career paths


Our 6 Academic Centers

Each Academic Center at CHC marries the theoretical with the practical arts through dynamic programs, plus new methods of delivery, the creative use of technology, well-designed majors, and student-centered advisement—all in support of the College’s long-standing commitment to mission, social justice, and the lifelong learner outcomes associated for centuries with a liberal arts education.

To learn more about our Centers and their academic majors and minors, click boxes below.



Looking for a specific major or minor? See our full list of academic programs here.