Departments/Divisions Section Guidelines

The Department* section contains two levels:

  • Department landing page (i.e., hyperlinked list of departments)
  • Individual department pages

Department Landing Page

  • Bulleted list of departments in alphabetical order, each linking to its second-level page.


(first entry hyperlinked as an example)

A good example of a department landing page is in the College of Communication Bulletin.

Individual Department Page

Individual Department pages have three components:

Department Overview

Think: Brief. Academics only. Bird’s-eye view.

Remember, the Bulletin is a place for academic information; provide links to Creative Services for information contained elsewhere (e.g., on your school’s website).

What information is appropriate to include on the Department overview?

Include Do NOT Include
High-level Department overview—break up with bullets and subheads as necessary—may include some or all of the elements below: Lengthy text that attempts to cover history, selling points, and details of the Department
Overall focus/mission/objectives Detailed list of degrees offered (these belong in Programs)
Range of degrees and programs: High-level look at range of degrees offered in this department (BA, BS, MA, etc.) and a note about the Program(s) that the Department houses General attractions of Boston or BU as a place to study or live (these belong on your school website)
Research foci Information available on your own school/college website (e.g., “Why study at…?”)
Facilities/special research equipment List of programs (these belong in Programs section)
General note about faculty (e.g., size, general joint appointments, etc.) Long or detailed lists of faculty and administration (these belong on your school website)
General note on special opportunities (study abroad, internships, and so on) Policy information (this belongs in the Policies section)
Organizations/associations/affiliations Requirements (these belong in the Programs section)
Administration/Contact Sidebar Core curriculum (this belongs in the Programs section)
Application/admissions information (info specific to a particular Program belongs in the Programs section; general detailed school/college info belongs in Policies)
Grade requirements (info specific to a particular Program belongs in the Programs section; general detailed info belongs in Policies)
Any other details that belong or already exist in other Bulletin sections or on your school’s website

Administration and Contact Sidebar

For departments, this list may include department chairs and associate chairs, a short list of key faculty, and general contact information for the department as a whole.

*The word Department can be substituted for a word that more accurately describes the functional divisions for Colleges/Schools that are not structured by department.