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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Message from the Dean

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The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is the academic heart of Boston University and its largest school. Home to more than 6,500 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students, the College offers students a journey of learning and discovery into the humanities and the social, natural, and computational sciences—the fundamental disciplines that underlie contemporary knowledge creation.

Our faculty is a community of dedicated scholars and teachers whose research expands the boundaries of our knowledge and imagination, and whose teaching prepares students for wide-ranging careers and lifelong learning. The CAS faculty includes a Nobel Laureate, a former Poet Laureate of the United States, a National Book Award winner, 15 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 42 Guggenheim Fellows, and a host of others recognized by their peers as leaders in their fields.

The College of Arts & Sciences plays a pivotal role in Boston University’s continuing trajectory of excellence.  The school not only provides a world-class education to its own undergraduates, but also provides a liberal arts foundation for the undergraduate students in BU’s great professional schools.

Our graduate students and faculty pursue knowledge in the fundamental core humanities and social, natural, and computational science fields, as well as synthetic and collaborative interdisciplinary approaches to solving humanity’s grand challenges. Our undergraduate students go on to leadership positions in the arts, sciences, and every professional field—having been well prepared through internships, research opportunities, cross-disciplinary integration and, most importantly, great and inspiring teaching.

Our efforts also are enhanced by the vital involvement of inspirational alumni, who are doing innovative and transformative things in their personal and professional lives and serve as shining examples of the exceptional liberal arts education we offer in CAS. They are making their marks on just about every profession and walk of life imaginable—proof positive that a liberal arts degree can lead to great things.

Whether you are introducing yourself to Arts & Sciences for the first time, planning a visit to campus, or are already a member of our community, I invite you to explore this website to learn more about the brilliant learning environment at Arts & Sciences.

Ann E. Cudd
Dean of Arts & Sciences

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Read her speech about the value of a liberal arts education