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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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Special Academic Opportunities

The College of Arts & Sciences offers a number of special opportunities to qualified students who wish to pursue their academic or future career goals though a program that addresses their particular interests:

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is an innovative and wide-ranging interdisciplinary program and a coherent way to complete the general education requirement.

It is based on in-depth study of classic works (Western and non-Western) in the humanities, important ideas in the natural sciences, and the concerns and theoretical bases of the social sciences. The Core’s eight courses emphasize careful, analytic reading of great works in small faculty-led seminars, an understanding of the most important scientific thinking of our times, the development of critical and logical thinking, and clarity and precision in writing and oral expression. Regular lecture series supplement the seminars.

The Core Curriculum offers the advantages of a small learning community within a large and diverse university.

Study Abroad and Internship Programs

Study abroad and internship programs extend the arts and sciences curriculum to more than 20 countries.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is a University-wide academic program that promotes undergraduates’ participation in faculty-mentored research projects.

Students who participate in UROP have a chance to learn experientially through conducting actual research and to become acquainted with the entire research process while working closely with faculty.

BA Completion in Three Years

The College of Arts & Sciences makes it possible for undergraduates to earn a bachelor’s degree in three (or fewer) years. The following questions and answers will help you decide if this option is right for you.

BU Dual Undergraduate Degree Program

The BU Dual Degree Program allows qualified undergraduates to enroll in two of the University’s schools or colleges and earn two baccalaureate degrees simultaneously. The program has become a popular option with students whose professional goals can be met by acquiring two degrees, as well as with students who have strong academic interests in disciplines which are based in two different colleges.

The program is a demanding one and requires a substantial commitment. To be eligible to enroll, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and must maintain this level of performance for the duration of the program. At least 144 credits must be earned in no fewer than 36 courses. Some students enroll in summer courses, use AP credit, and/or overload to ensure that they graduate with their class.

You must design a curriculum in consultation with your Faculty Advisors and/or Counselors in the relevant colleges to ensure that all requirements for both degrees are addressed; unless and until all requirements are fulfilled for both degrees, neither degree will be granted. You may apply for admission no earlier than the first semester of your sophomore year and no later than the end of the first semester of your junior year.

To explore BU Dual Degree Program possibilities in the College of Arts & Sciences, please contact the CAS Academic Advising Center to schedule an appointment with a CAS Academic Counselor.

Honors in the Major

Qualified CAS students may apply to pursue a course of study leading to graduation with honors in their chosen major or minor.

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Modular Medical Integrated Curriculum (MMEDIC)

The MMEDIC program allows academically talented students to take modular courses that allow them to simultaneously fulfill undergraduate requirements and certain requirements of the first and second years of medical school. Students may apply to the program in the spring of their second year at Boston University and accepted students begin the program in the fall of their third year. The program allows for provisional acceptance to the Boston University School of Medicine. However, it does not accelerate the process; students receive their bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Medicine in the typical eight years.

Dual BA/MA Programs

If you are looking ahead toward a professional career or post-baccalaureate education, you may wish to consider the combined bachelor’s degree–master’s degree programs offered jointly by the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, by which you complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts. The last two years of undergraduate study are integrated with the first year of graduate work, eliminating duplication of courses and, in some cases, reducing the time required to earn the two degrees.

Successful completion of the BA/MA Program may lead to enhanced career employment opportunities, professional training, or doctoral studies. BA/MA Programs are offered through a number of departments in the College, but not all.

5-Year Liberal Arts/Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

The BA-MPH dual degree program is a 5-year program offered jointly by Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences and the Boston University School of Public Health. This dual degree program enables qualified students the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree (128 credits) at the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Public Health degree (48 credits) at the School of Public Health (SPH) in a minimum of five years of full-time study. All requirements for the BA and the MPH must be met. A maximum of 16 credits of course work can count toward both degrees. Those 16 credits consist of graduate-level SPH courses that fulfill requirements in the School of Public Health and also count as free electives toward the BA in CAS. The BA will be awarded at the completion of all BA degree requirements; the MPH will be awarded upon completion of all MPH degree and concentration requirements. A 5-year BS/MPH program is also available to qualified students in Boston University’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (Sargent College).

To learn more about the BA/MPH, please visit the BUSPH website.

7-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Program

The College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Medicine offer a combined curriculum designed to improve the quality of medical education while shortening the overall period of study.

The first three years are spent in the College of Arts & Sciences, where the student takes premedical sciences and elective courses in the humanities and the natural and social sciences. In addition, the second summer is spent taking a required biology course and elective courses in the humanities and social sciences, so that the undergraduate requirements are completed by the end of the third academic year. Following completion of the required premedical courses in the first two years of study, students may enroll in certain modular medical courses in the third academic year. Although the program is accelerated, the student has three summers completely free to pursue other interests. Students in this program must meet all liberal arts, residence, and course-distribution requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (BA).

First-year medical studies begin with the fourth year; the amount of time devoted to medical courses is the same as in the present conventional medical program. Students are awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree at the completion of the first year at the School of Medicine and the Doctor of Medicine degree at the completion of the program. Learn more here.

7-Year Liberal Arts/Dental Program

The faculties of the College of Arts & Sciences and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine have developed a combined preprofessional and professional curriculum leading to the awarding of the Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Dental Medicine. This program is designed to improve the quality of dental education while shortening the overall period of study.

The first three years and one summer are spent in the College of Arts & Sciences, where the student takes required preprofessional science courses and elective courses in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. In addition, the second summer is spent taking a required biology course and elective courses in the humanities and social sciences, so that the undergraduate requirements are completed by the end of the third academic year.

First-year dental studies begin in the program’s fourth year. The amount of time devoted to dental studies is identical to the standard dental program in the Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Students are awarded the Bachelor of Arts in May of their first year at the School of Dental Medicine and receive their Doctor of Dental Medicine at the completion of the program.