College of General Studies
A MESSAGE FROM DEAN MCKNIGHT
Today, our highly competitive students are increasingly focused on the sciences and technology. In fact, over the past five years at CGS, interest in pursuing the sciences rose from 6 percent to nearly 30 percent. So this coming year, we’ll focus on STEM fields as we vigorously pursue three goals. Read more.
The College of General Studies provides a unique intellectual environment that stresses both interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning and scholarship. Taught solely by full-time Boston University faculty, we offer a two-year, general education core curriculum taught through a system of team instruction, an approach that builds a very special and supportive relationship among students and faculty.
Our Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning (CITL) promotes excellence in undergraduate interdisciplinary education by offering meaningful pedagogies and practical educational opportunities to current faculty, staff, and administrators; aspiring undergraduate faculty; CGS undergraduate students; and life-long learners, including BU alumni and the general public. Programming includes undergraduate research opportunities, a two-day summer learning institute, an annual conference for scholars, a bi-annual online journal, curriculum assessment, and more.
Alumni, parents, and friends who donate to the College of General Studies enhance the interdisciplinary core curriculum and strong student-faculty relationships for which CGS is known. Thank you for doing your part in helping us educate and train the leaders of tomorrow.
Offer supplemental financial assistance
The cost of higher education represents a tremendous financial burden for students and parents—a burden too heavy for some to bear. Donations to the CGS Fund allow the College to help fill unmet financial needs by offering research and travel stipends, merit awards, campus jobs, and emergency aid to undergraduates so they have every opportunity to explore their academic interests.
Renovate classrooms, labs, and lecture halls
Optimal learning requires facilities that are functional, up-to-date, and safe. Donations to the CGS Fund provide work spaces for quiet study, group collaboration, classes, and multimedia learning within the College. A new science center for CGS students and faculty is the next priority, with plans to feature three teaching labs, one of which will feature a greenhouse window for plant-based experiments; and a fourth lab oriented toward research, which will support student and faculty research. Additionally, some lecture halls and classrooms require renovation to meet the needs of today’s students.
The regular upgrading of computer hardware, computer software, and other equipment provides students with the best digital learning resources.
Support faculty development
Although their main emphasis is on teaching, faculty members are always working on research and publication endeavors that enrich the scholarly landscape and build value and recognition for each professor, his or her department, and the University at large. CGS is no exception, and its faculty work hard to develop their teaching alongside their own academic pursuits. Donations to the CGS Fund will allow the dean of the College to sponsor faculty participation in conferences, symposia, and seminars, as well as to fund research projects that advance the College’s mission.
Enhance student life
Gifts to the CGS Fund support these interest groups by subsidizing forums, study groups, research projects, food and beverages for key community events, and other activities that enhance student life at the College and encourage faculty-student interaction.
Support the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
CITL stimulates and nurtures excellent undergraduate interdisciplinary education, and foregrounds best practices in teaching. The Center offers pedagogies and meaningful and practical educational opportunities which others—undergraduate faculty, students, and alumni— can learn from, adapt, and further promote. Gifts to the CGS Fund support CITL programming such as the annual conference, summer institute, undergraduate teaching, biannual online journal, and more.