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Undergraduate Curriculum

Undergraduate Curriculum

Liberal Arts Education

The liberal arts education students receive at Chestnut Hill College provides them with a broad base of knowledge in fields such as the humanities (art, literature, religion, philosophy, music, language), social sciences (history, psychology, sociology, economics, gender studies), natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences) and formal sciences (mathematics, technology, statistics). These studies are often interdisciplinary, designed to provide a diverse and well-rounded education. And our small class sizes allow students the space in which to learn and take control of their own education. 

Rachel Sanders '12 described her liberal arts education in this way: 

I am able to sit down and converse about the shadow techniques of the Italian artist Caravaggio, the density of bone mass in the human body, and the poetry from the Renaissance era. A liberal arts education opens your world to...the world.

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Learn to Live

Sister Maria Kostka Logue, the College's first president, once paraphrased James Truslow Adams in an address she gave to the student body.

"You are here to learn to earn a living because you must. But you are here to learn how to live."

This statement embodies a Chestnut Hill College education. When you graduate, in addition to a diploma and a degree, you'll be fully immersed in learning how to live on your own forged path. Our students are leaders, scholars, diplomats, community activists, business owners, globalists and so much more.

All of this is made possible because of the commitment shared among our faculty,  staff and students and the support and belief in the importance of a holistic education.

Co-Curricular Approach

CHC’s co-curricular approach is designed to give students additional, hands-on avenues for learning and development in addition to what they learn inside the classroom. At CHC, we stress co-curricular involvement through clubs, organizations, sports, volunteer activities or other pursuits. Additionally, co-curricular elements are worked into classroom studies through such courses as service-learning, global studies and more.

At the heart of Chestnut Hill College is a commitment to service to our College and our community, both local and global. Service is stressed through co-curricular activities and embedded in various academic programs, especially service-learning.

Interactive Classroom

Chestnut Hill College emphasizes learning within interactive classrooms, which enables students to question assumptions and engage in peer-led discussions. Students learn the importance of teamwork and collaboration and are challenged to think critically. Students are encouraged and empowered to find their voices and share them with the world. Students are empowered to notice the problems they see in the world and seek out solutions.

Students graduate with a strong educational foundation and the confidence to move forward into the world of work or advanced education.


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