London College of General Studies Program in the Humanities (Summer)

BU Study Abroad, in conjunction with the College of General Studies (CGS), offers a unique program for students interested in the major movements in literature, the arts, and philosophy.

Program Curriculum

The required courses focus on how the humanities reflect and affect the social, political, and scientific contexts in which they are produced. Museums, parks, famous homes, and theaters of London and surrounding areas complement the coursework.

Required Courses

Students in enroll in these courses:

CGS HU 102: Breaks with Tradition in the Humanities (4 credits)

This course focuses on literature and art from Romanticism (the late 18th century) to the present, emphasizing thematic and structural breaks from artistic conventions of the past. Readings will include poems, short fiction, and plays, and trips will be taken to some of the following sites: Westminster Abbey, the Tate Britain and The Tate Modern Galleries, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London theaters, London parks, Oxford University, and authors’ homes. Syllabus

CGS HU 201: Western Ethical Philosophy I (4)

This course traces the development of western ethical philosophy from Socrates (5th century Athens) to Nietzsche (19th century Europe). Students read key philosophic texts (complete works and excerpts) and apply ethical constructs to present day situations. Trips will be taken to some of the following sites: British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Westminster Abbey, the Tate Britain, and London theaters. Syllabus

Program Details

  • Boston University CGS students who have completed their first year
  • Completion of CGS HU 101
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Summer Term: Late June to early August
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits. All students must complete the eight-credit program.
Application Deadlines
  • Summer Term: December 1

You will be notified of your status no later than January 19.

Download a description of the London College of General Studies Program in the Humanities.

Program Faculty & Staff

All Boston University London programs are administered in coordination with our Boston and London offices. In Boston a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in London. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In London the staff comprises a resident director as well as administrative, academic, and housing personnel.