Undergraduate Academics

The world awaits. What will you study?

At Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), you will be empowered to follow your own path to career and life success. Choose from over 70 majors and special academic programs. Take advantage of valuable internship, research, and study abroad opportunities. Learn from professors who are leaders in their fields. Develop interpersonal, analytical, and creative thinking skills that will help you throughout your life. Receive consistent support from academic advisors and faculty and student mentors.

Here are a few highlights of a CAS education…

Diverse perspectives

As much as any school at BU, the College of Arts & Sciences is enriched by a diversity of perspectives. Our more than 70 majors, from astronomy to economics to European studies, offer dramatically different ways of viewing the world. This diversity of academic outlooks complements the diversity of cultural perspectives brought by our students, who come from all over the world and from every part of the United States.

The effect is a student population that is globally aware and comfortable working with people of many different backgrounds—both key attributes for success in the workplace of today and tomorrow. CAS students tend to be curious people drawn to explore a diversity of outlooks and ways of seeing the world. This vibrancy enriches our academic community and often leads to cross-disciplinary learning and connections.

Habits of mind to last a lifetime

At CAS, you will learn how to examine, understand, and tackle the unpredictable challenges that will confront you throughout the course of your life and career. Your BU liberal arts and sciences education will build your confidence and abilities in the following areas:

  • Problem-solving/critical thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Cultural and scientific literacy
  • Research and information literacy
  • Understanding of diverse perspectives
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Creative thinking
  • Integrative thinking
  • Philosophical/aesthetic and historical interpretation
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Empathy, curiosity, and adaptability