Clare College Curriculum & Courses

A candidate will be considered for a bachelor's degree upon the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours to include Clare College requirements and a major with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better in the major field as well as in the student's overall program.

The number of credit hours awarded for satisfactory completion of courses is ordinarily the same as the number of hours spent per week in the classroom. Two to four hours of laboratory work are considered the equivalent of one hour of class work.

The following table summarizes all Clare College requirements for a candidate seeking a bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title.

Our Course Descriptions page lists all Clare College courses and their descriptions.

 Degree Requirements   Credits 
 Clare College* 39
     A. Foundational Course
          CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
     B. Skills Courses
          CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I
          CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
     C. Core Area Courses
          CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
          CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
          CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
          CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
          CLAR 208. World Views
          CLAR 209. Arts and Literature
          CLAR 302. Inquiry in the Natural World & CLRL 302 (Lab)
          CLAR 304. The Good Life
     D. Quantitative Reasoning
          Course determined by the academic department
     E. Capstone Course
          CLAR 401. The University Forum & CLRL 401 (Lab)

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3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
4
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2
 Major 30
 Other Major, Minor or Elective Requirements
51
 Total  120

 

The Core of the Core Curriculum

The following four Clare courses must be taken at St. Bonaventure, because they directly tie to the University's mission.

The order in which Clare courses may be taken

Clare courses may be taken in any order the student wishes with three exceptions:


Clare requirements that may be satisfied with non-Clare courses

The following required core courses may be satisfied with certain non-Clare courses. Keep in mind that every student pursuing a bachelor's degree must meet the 120-credit requirement, even if non-Clare courses are used to satisfy some of the Clare requirements.

  CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World  

These courses, unless required for a major or minor, automatically substitute for CLAR 103:
These courses presently substitute for CLAR 103 but require filing a form with the Clare College office:

  CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World  

  CLAR 208. World Views  

These courses presently substitite for CLAR 208 but require filing a form with the Clare College office:

  CLAR 209. Arts & Literature 

These courses, unless required for a major or minor, automatically substitute for CLAR 209:

  CLAR 302. Inquiry in the Natural World 

This course presently substitutes for CLAR 302 but requires filing a form with the Clare College office:

Advice for satisfying other Clare requirements:

  • CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey: This course, intended for freshmen, should be completed before the end of the sophomore year. Students should have good written communication skills before enrolling.
  • CLAR 110 & CLAR 111 (Composition & Critical Thinking I & II): Incoming freshmen are sometimes waived from CLAR 110 based on written and verbal portions of the SAT.
  • CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage: Students would benefit most by taking this course in freshman or early sophomore years.
  • CLAR 302. Inquiry in the Natural World & CLRL 302 (lab): During a particular semester, a student may pair any section of the lecture with any section of the lab. Lecture and lab may be taken in separate semesters, if necessary, but they reinforce each so there is benefit in taking them together.
  • CLAR 401. The University Forum & CLRL 401: Students may register for this capstone course in the fall semester if they have above 74 credits, and in the spring semester if they have above 85 credits. Students must take both CLAR 401 and the lab, CLRL 401, in the same semester, although they may pair any section of one with any section of the other. CLRL 401 is a zero-credit course in which students participate in four out of eight possible plenary options. These options occur throughout the semester, and students participate based on interest and day and time limitations.