Course Catalog

About Simmons

Core Purpose: Transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose.


  • We are at our best when students are first.
  • We cross boundaries to create opportunities.
  • We prepare students for life’s work.
  • We make a collective investment in community.

Simmons University is a nationally recognized private institution of higher education located in the heart of Boston. It includes a women’s undergraduate college and distinguished graduate programs for women and men in health sciences, social work, library and information science, business, education, and the liberal arts.

Simmons consistently ranks among the nation’s top schools in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual survey. A comprehensive university, Simmons is nationally recognized for its experiential learning programs, its blend of graduate and undergraduate offerings, and its commitment to liberal and professional education.

Student success is a priority at Simmons and is founded on these core characteristics:

  • A close-knit, accessible community that encourages collaboration and challenges students to do their best work;
  • Faculty and scholars who focus on students’ educational and career objectives;
  • Extraordinary professional preparation with an emphasis on intellectual exploration and rigor, the integration of theory and practice, leadership, and informed citizenship; and
  • An outstanding location in the heart of Boston, a world-class center for education, medicine, and technology, with unlimited educational, career, and social opportunities.

In this spirit, the College fosters open exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and the general Simmons community.

Simmons faculty and leadership have reimagined the organization of the school’s academic disciplines. With its new status as a university, in the fall of 2018 Simmons will formally launch four new colleges structured differently from the traditional discipline silos of higher education. The new structure enhances students’ exposure to interdisciplinary research and teaching; provides new pathways between undergraduate and graduate programs; and develops even stronger experiential learning opportunities. The organization reflects the school’s history of integrating academic study with experience for lifelong professional development.

Over more than a century, Simmons has developed a distinct expertise in educating undergraduate women for their own empowerment. A commitment to student success is a hallmark of the University’s culture. Self-directed inquiry coupled with mentoring builds confidence and leadership skills. Graduates are leaders in professions-- such as Social Work, Nursing, Library Science, Communications and Business, among others -- that have significant impact on families, communities, workplaces and professions.