Schools & Colleges
We’re a big school in a big city. But you would never know it.
- 15,803 undergrads—making us one of the nation’s largest urban private teaching universities.
- 10 schools and colleges—each one is like its own smaller community within BU.
- 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. In other words, you’re going to really get to know your professors. And vice versa.
- 4 years of guaranteed housing—that means 4 years of making life-long friends.
- 27 students per class, on average. It’s hard to hide in classes this small. Be prepared to get called on!
- 500+ student organizations. There’s no better way to connect with classmates and your community.
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Choices, choices. Will you be taking The Anthropology of Romance? Physics in the Cinema? Maybe you’ll study Women and Gender in European History, Cosmic Controversies or Death and Immortality. With nearly 3,000 courses in the humanities, natural and social sciences, mathematics and computer science, the College of Arts & Sciences is BU’s largest college.
When you enroll in CAS as a freshman, you can choose from more than 70 majors. If you’re not sure what you want to study, or you’d like to explore options for double majors, you can enter CAS as an undeclared major. Then take up to two years to consider different interests and choose a major—in CAS or any other school.
Some other advantages of enrolling in CAS:
- Some departments offer a combined BA/MA program that lets you begin work on a master’s degree in your junior year.
- Want to study abroad? Pursue an internship program? CAS has programs in 19 countries on 6 continents.
- Enrolling in the First Year Experience course (FY 101) is a fantastic way to transition into the BU community and adjust to all aspects of college life. A continuation of the orientation process, FY 101 is a one-credit course led by a BU staff member. Each section of FY 101 has two peer mentors—upperclass students who will introduce you to campus resources, life at BU, and exploring Boston.
- You can enroll in the Core Curriculum, a series of integrated, team-taught courses that combine the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences in a single structured program. The Core is not a major itself. It’s an approach to liberal education designed to free and empower your mind. You can learn more about it below.
- If you have a second academic interest but don’t want to double major, you can always select a minor concentration from our more than 250 programs of study.
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College of Communication (COM)
How would you like to study film as an intern at a major Hollywood studio? Work as a political reporter for college credit? Gain experience in advertising by designing ads for the Boston Celtics?
The Boston University College of Communication can prepare you for a wide range of media-related careers through courses in three departments: Film & Television; Journalism; and Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations. You’ll learn from the professional expertise of our faculty, who are not only scholars but also practitioners, having worked as TV reporters, film producers and PR consultants. And BU’s alumni network can be a valuable asset in planning and advancing your career.
Studying communications in a top media market is a big plus, with exciting opportunities for internships and employment. Here are some opportunities in Boston and beyond:
- The Boston State House Program gives you the chance to work as a correspondent for leading daily news media across the state.
- The Washington Journalism Center lets you spend a semester reporting and studying in the world’s most political city.
- The Los Angeles Internship Program offers a semester of study and work in the heart of the film and TV industry.
You can also work in COM-run programs—professional, real-world communications firms staffed by students.
- AdLab is the largest student-run ad agency in the country, with a client list that includes Bertucci’s Restaurants, the Boston Celtics, Fidelity and Scion.
- At PRLab, our student public relations agency, you can work as an account executive for local nonprofits and government clients. We also have a professional video production company and two radio stations to give you hands-on career experience.
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College of Engineering (ENG)
Who will stand at the forefront of scientific and technological advances throughout the 21st century? Boston University’s College of Engineering focuses on research and discovery to prepare you for a leadership role.
You’ll be part of a tightly knit, international community of students, studying and working side by side with some of the country’s most respected engineering faculty. You’ll have access to world-class research facilities and live in one of the world’s greatest science and engineering centers. And you’ll complement your specialized studies with a broad education across the humanities and social sciences, as well as math and the natural sciences.
You can choose from several areas of concentration:
- Electrical and computer
- Mechanical, with the option to specialize in aerospace or manufacturing engineering
You can also benefit from the exceptional opportunities that Boston University offers ENG students:
- Study Abroad programs designed specifically for engineering undergraduates in Dresden, Germany; Grenoble, France; and Madrid, Spain.
- Strong interdisciplinary research programs in advanced materials, biomedical engineering, information science and systems, micro- and nano-systems, photonics and sensors and imaging
- The advantages of getting to know and work closely with your professors in high-tech labs
- Student organizations such as Engineers without Borders, Minorities in Engineering and Women in Engineering
- The senior design project, one of the most challenging and rewarding undergraduate experiences at BU, in which individual students or teams design and present a solution to an engineering problem
- The opportunity for qualified students to pursue a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering in four to five years
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College of Fine Arts (CFA)
For those who think all the world’s a stage (or possibly a canvas), BU offers the best of both educational worlds: an intimate, conservatory-style education in a community of artists, supported by a world-class liberal arts and research university. Surrounding it all is the perfect environment, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.
In the College of Fine Arts’ three schools—Music, Theatre and Visual Arts—we choose our faculty both for what they know and what they’ve accomplished. Don’t be surprised, for instance, to find a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra teaching your class in the School of Music.
You can combine your studies with outstanding practical and professional experience too. A few examples:
- CFA’s many theatre and opera productions, art exhibits and over 400 concerts each year will give you all the opportunity you need to demonstrate your talent and develop your skills.
- In Boston University art galleries, visual arts students, alumni and faculty can showcase their work in a professional exhibition setting.
- Boston’s prestigious Huntington Theatre Company, our theatre in residence, offers exciting opportunities in stage performance and production.
- Graphic design students may have the opportunity to intern at an ad agency in Boston.
- A four-month Los Angeles internship program is available to give theatre students a taste of Hollywood.
- Earn a bachelor of fine arts degree or a bachelor of music degree and a bachelor of arts degree simultaneously through the CFA/CAS Double Degree Program. This program allows you to earn dual degrees in the major of your choice in both the College of Fine Arts and the College of Arts & Sciences. It is open to freshmen applying for September admission only.
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College of General Studies (CGS)
In 1952, the College of General Studies pioneered an innovative team-teaching system with a two-year program in the liberal arts and sciences. During your freshman year, you and about 20 classmates will study the humanities, rhetoric, social sciences and natural sciences with a five-member faculty team. Together you’ll engage in cross-disciplinary courses like “Breaks with Tradition in Literature, Film & Art History.”
The College of General Studies program has been specifically designed to satisfy the freshman and sophomore requirements for most BU programs, allowing you to complete your degree in one of our eight degree-granting schools and colleges during your junior and senior years.
The CGS approach has many advantages:
- Small student-faculty teams give you an unusually close relationship with your professors and classmates.
- You can study abroad in London for a summer or semester, complementing your courses with visits to museums, theatres and historical sites.
- You can pursue independent research in topics outside the curriculum, or work with university professors in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).
- During the spring semester, you can participate in the College of General Studies Film Festival, which features original student films.
- At the end of your sophomore year you will participate in a Capstone research project on a current national issue. In past years these projects have addressed subjects such as ending world poverty, universal health insurance in the U.S. and the salary gap between men and women.
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College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College (SAR)
Check any list of today’s most promising careers and you’ll probably find health care near the top. If that’s the field you’ve chosen, you’ll also find many reasons to put Sargent College at the top of your list. As rated by U.S. News & World Report, all of Sargent’s ranked graduate programs place in the top 8% of health programs nationwide, and it’s the only university in New England to have three nationally ranked health programs all place in the top 25.
SAR offers you many paths to medical school and a broad range of health care careers. Besides medicine and public health, your choices include athletic training, nutrition, health science, human physiology, behavior & health, occupational therapy and physical therapy, as well as speech, language and hearing sciences.
The advantages of attending Sargent:
- Exceptional research and clinical opportunities: with over $10 million in outside funding for our 25 research laboratories, we offer the chance to collaborate on cutting-edge programs from neurorehabilitation to hearing research.
- Fieldwork experience: You’ll have access to nearly 1,400 hospitals, rehab centers and schools in the Boston area, the U.S., and abroad. Sargent also operates a full-service working clinic for the greater Boston community.
- Innovative combined degree programs, including:
- An accelerated, combined BS in Athletic Training/Doctor of Physical Therapy that you can earn in six years
- A combined BS/Master of Public Health that requires only five years of study
- A Public Health minor, available to students in any of our professional schools and colleges
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Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies is housed within the College of Arts & Sciences and consists of two divisions: International Studies and Regional Studies. Faculty from across the university lead courses in social sciences, natural sciences and humanities providing a true interdisciplinary approach to education.
Through your studies on topics like International Relations or Middle East and North Africa Studies, you’ll become a more globally competent citizen and a leader in international affairs. All of your work will be grounded in a deep understanding of the past, a rigorous analysis of the present, and an unwavering commitment to a better future. You’ll graduate ready to join the next generation of global innovators.
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School of Education (SED)
At BU, getting a degree in Education means “learning by doing”—sooner than you might think. As early as your freshman year, you’ll be interacting with students in a classroom. You can also make a difference in the lives of Boston students by participating in one of the many programs in the city’s public schools.
In the School of Education, you’ll combine a solid liberal arts foundation with one of the specialized majors we offer: bilingual education (English as a second language), deaf studies, early childhood education, elementary education, special education and one of the teaching disciplines—English, history and social science, mathematics, modern foreign language and science. Very motivated students can pursue dual degrees from two of BU’s schools and colleges, such as early childhood education (SED) and psychology (CAS).
Whatever specialty you choose, you’ll find exceptional opportunities for hands-on training. A few examples:
- Travel to the United Kingdom, Australia or Ecuador to complete your student teaching requirements.
- Observe children and teachers in a real educational setting at the Boston University Preschool, an innovative lab and demonstration school within the School of Education.
- Gain experience in urban and suburban classrooms through SED’s consortium with local school systems and social service agencies.
If you’re enrolled in another school or college at BU, you can still be involved with SED through the BU Dual Degree program or by completing a minor in SED. We offer exploratory two-credit courses to all students to learn more about our programs in education. Talk to an SED academic advisor to learn more.
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School of Hospitality Administration (SHA)
Hospitality is a worldwide business. The world’s largest business, in fact. And it takes many different kinds of knowledge and experience to manage hotels, food and beverage service, travel, tourism and entertainment.
At SHA, you’ll learn hospitality and business management from faculty members who are professionals at the top of their fields. You’ll also acquire a solid understanding of accounting, finance, law, human resources, sales and marketing, real estate and relevant technology. All this is in addition to a liberal arts foundation to develop clear thinking as well as verbal and problem-solving skills.
For your hands-on training, you’ll have a total of more than 800 hours of field experience by the time you graduate. SHA requires two 400-hour internships, either in a location of your choosing or in Boston, a thriving cultural center and travel destination for tourists and business professionals alike. SHA also requires an international experience.
As a student at SHA, you can:
- Choose from internships in London, Paris, Madrid, Sydney and other cities abroad.
- Meet other students sharing your interests through many on-campus activities, including the Diner’s Club, International Students’ Hospitality Association (ISHA), National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) and Student Government.
- Move into a career-focused living/learning environment—the Hospitality House, specialty housing for SHA students.
- Benefit from the guidance of the SHA Advisory Board, whose members are all industry professionals.
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School of Management (SMG)
Do you envision yourself as a successful entrepreneur? Or one day heading a Fortune 500 company? Then picture yourself at the school the Bloomberg Businessweek ranked #25 in the U.S. for undergraduate business programs.
You’ll discover the advantages of working in teams while learning why teams work for business. You’ll benefit from a curriculum that focuses on the connections between all management disciplines: finance, strategy, marketing, accounting, negotiation, information systems and operations. You’ll take courses from SMG’s nationally and internationally known faculty, all the while studying in Boston, a hub of entrepreneurship and technical innovation.
Other opportunities available to SMG students include:
- The Feld Career Center, offering assistance in preparing for life after BU, from resume-writing workshops to networking opportunities
- Business-related student organizations such as the Sports Management Association, Fashion and Retail Association and the BU chapter of the American Marketing Association
- An Honors Program offered to the most academically talented first-year SMG students that incorporates special seminars on important topics facing business leaders in the 21st century. SMG Honors Program students benefit from an international field seminar culminating in an eight-day trip abroad to visit corporations and government agencies and experience the culture of another country.
- Internship opportunities with top-tier companies in Boston, the U.S. and abroad