Stokes Hall, completed in 2013, is a 183,000-square-foot building devoted to the liberal arts at Boston College.
Critical thinking, ethical reasoning, intellectual dexterity, creative imagination, cultural competency, direct and effective communication—these are the skills employers value most. They’re what students learn through Boston College's approach to a liberal arts education of the whole person.
A Boston College liberal arts education compels students to think and learn across disciplines, prepares graduates for a range of rewarding careers, and helps them discern who they want to be—and why. By exploring enduring questions and complex problems, like human nature and climate change, liberal arts students acquire the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind and heart they will need to thrive as well-rounded, reflective people in a diverse, global society.
The liberal arts have always been at the center of the Jesuit, Catholic intellectual tradition: They promote integration of students' intellectual, spiritual, social, and affective lives, inspiring them to reflect on who they are and how they want to engage the world.
The Boston College Core Curriculum is rooted in this liberal arts tradition. The University's Institute for the Liberal Arts is dedicated to fostering innovative interdisciplinary programs that enhance the intellectual life of the community and encourage new ways of experiencing the world.
“At Boston College, we hope our students become women and men of depth of thought and creative imagination, who are ready to engage the needs of our world and well-prepared for meaningful lives of leadership, scholarship, and service.”