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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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Independent Major or Minor

  • CAS Academic Advising

    Kerry A. Buglio, Assistant Dean for Advising & Academic Services

    (617) 353-2400

The independent major allows a student to design an interdisciplinary course of study within the College of Arts & Sciences that is uniquely suited to his or her interests and goals. Formed with the advice and approval of appropriate faculty and the program coordinator, an independent major comprises ten upper-level courses chosen from a minimum of three College departments, with no more than four courses in a single department; in certain circumstances a small number of courses may be selected from departments outside the College. An independent minor consists of six courses chosen from three different departments with the advice and approval of appropriate faculty and the program coordinator. The student’s course of study should demonstrate a level of focus and depth comparable to a departmental major or minor. For more information, contact CAS Academic Advising (information is above).