As a political science major, you’ll study how political communities attempt to reconcile claims of justice, power, liberty, and authority. Drawing on topics like history, law, and psychology, political science shares the traditional aims of a liberal arts education while trying to understand the major public issues of our time. Our political science majors go on to have careers in fields such as education, government, journalism, and business. Many students also pursue graduate degrees in law and public administration.
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Uncover the science behind human behavior. As a Psychology major, you'll take courses in perception, learning, and cognition, as well as developmental, personality, social, and abnormal psychology. You'll also have the opportunity to do directed research under the supervision of a faculty member on topics ranging from childhood development to autism to substance abuse.
Our studio-driven approach to design thinking and visual communication will prepare you to thrive both artistically and professionally. You will hone your skills as a graphic artist through a sequence of core graphic design and typography classes, complimented by elective courses that allow you to specialize in areas of interest. Partnerships with area businesses and design firms help undergraduates to navigate the professional world, leading to internships and employment.
Allow your mind to get lost in the stars by joining two majors together. Astronomy & physics majors explore the principles of astronomy and physics, including planets in the solar system, star formation, galaxies and cosmology, electricity and magnetism, statistical and quantum mechanics, and mathematical methods of physics. By participating in interactive labs you’ll explore the concepts of inertia, velocity, and more. Astronomy and physics majors also have access to the solar telescope located in the College of Arts & Sciences’ Judson B. Coit astronomical observatory. Astronomy and physics is a pathway to research-oriented careers and prepares students for either immediate workforce entry or further, graduate-level study in astronomy and related sciences.
If you’ve always wanted to share your story with the world, then the journalism major could be right for you. In studying the history and ethics of journalism, you’ll learn to write, report, edit, and produce work at its highest level. You also will develop a core understanding of professional journalism as it relates to deadlines, interviewing, research, and innovation in the field. Take the opportunity to write for student-run newspaper, the Daily Free Press, or BU Today. Senior journalism students can also expand their journalism experience and skills by spending a semester in Washington, D.C., at the The Washington Journalism Center. Students are encouraged to take courses in areas outside of their major to augment their academic experience. Minors or dual degrees in other BU schools and colleges, while not required, are strongly recommended.
Study hospitality in a world-class city that caters to the sophisticated traveler and fine diner. With electives like Tourism Management or Digital Marketing Strategies for the Hospitality Industry and a required international experience, SHA’s challenging and innovative curriculum gives you the business management skills necessary to succeed in the hotel and restaurant, travel, and tourism industries.
Combine the study of both science and health to complete this major, which is perfect for students interested in graduate programs for medicine, dentistry, or other health-related professions. Students learn to analyze the functions of the human body in a variety of research and clinical settings and are eligible to apply for the accelerated five-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Human Physiology (BS/MS) program. You will also have the opportunity to study anatomy in the Gross Anatomy Lab by exploring the human body through prosected cadavers. During your senior year, you will complete an internship in Boston or internationally through Boston University’s Study Abroad programs in places like New Zealand, Ireland or France. Students are well prepared for careers in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, and for clinical or laboratory research.
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Who gets into BU? And who thrives? The academic profile will give you an idea, but students here are greater than the sum of their SAT scores. Our community is incredibly diverse. But students share many traits: They're smart, ambitious, looking to understand the world, develop their own innovations, form novel research questions, and proactively seek out new experiences.See a Day in the Life
The Boston skyline from your dorm room. Your roommate's favorite coffee run. Rock climbing at FitRec. Acing that midterm together. So many Instagram-worthy experiences await you at BU.Picture Yourself Here