At BU’s College of Arts & Sciences, you’re empowered to follow your own path to success. Along the way, you’ll develop interpersonal, analytical, and creative-thinking skills that will help you overcome whatever challenges life throws at you. You’ll learn from inspiring faculty, perform hands-on research, and interact with other smart, curious students.
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- The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a University-wide program that funds undergraduate students to conduct research with BU faculty members in all disciplines. UROP’s mission is to nurture curiosity, to capture the imagination, and to cultivate relationships between faculty and students beyond the classroom to shape independent, innovative, and collaborative leaders.
- Get ready to embrace your culture, enhance your studies, mentor a classmate, or find a new hobby. Members of the BU community have access to over 450 student groups. Immerse yourself in student government, music and dance, theater, comedy, or cultural, leadership, and volunteering opportunities—just to name a few!
- The CAS On-Campus Internship Program provides you with critical, real-world workplace experience through on-campus internships and a one-credit course that focuses on the development of career goals and professional networking skills. Internship opportunities include positions in archival research, information technology, institutional research, and outreach and communication.
- If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, education, the arts, conservation, or other social needs, BU supports your pursuits. BU’s Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program provides a living stipend for sophomores and juniors to support educational participation in unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations. Interested students should contact email@example.com for more information.
- Not sure what you want to study or pursue? Stop by the CAS Advising Office and Student Programs & Leadership Office at 100 Bay State Road to meet with an advisor. Additionally, the Center for Career Development can help you find opportunities in your desired field.
- BU Spark! is an initiative that supports student-driven innovation and entrepreneurship in computer science, computer engineering, and related disciplines. Check out their fellowship program, CAS course offerings, and network of resources and experts to help you achieve your tech goals.
- The Cross-College Challenge (XCC) is a project-based, one-semester, four-credit elective course open to juniors and seniors. By working on an XCC project, you will develop your research ability, information literacy, capacity to collaborate, and oral communication skills. You’ll also gain the interdisciplinary team experience 21st-century employers and graduate schools prize. For more information, visit bu.edu/xcc.
- The BUild Lab, located across the street from CAS, is an integral part of Innovate@BU. Here, you can connect with like-minded students, take part in workshops, and gain support and resources to foster your entrepreneurial mindset.
- MakeBU is a student-run organization focused on creating projects and gaining experience in various fields of technology. Boston Hacks, their signature event, is an annual hackathon drawing 400 students from around North America to build capability as developers using new technologies.
- Photon (BU’s Undergraduate Physics Club) and PRISM (a student-run mentorship program for physics majors) work together to cosponsor BU’s annual Pumpkin Drop. Each fall, hundreds of BU students, faculty, and staff gather at the Metcalf Science Center to watch pumpkins get launched off the roof, all in the name of science.
- Experience one of the most popular college opportunities and help discover your place in the world through BU Study Abroad. The University offers almost 100 opportunities in more than 30 cities, spanning six continents, so whether you want to study tropical ecology in Ecuador or art history in the United Kingdom, you can find the program that works for your major and interests.
- While away from campus, you have the chance to intern and further your career prospects. Professional opportunities include studying management, language, and the arts. We also have a number of domestic programs; you can spend a semester studying in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., or San Francisco.
- Set sail from historic Cape Cod with the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester and research the environment from the majesty of the ocean. You will depart from Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to study around the world doing sea-based fieldwork.
- The CAS Honors Research Travel Award program funds grants for travel to conduct honors thesis research away from campus. That can include conducting interviews, attending performances and exhibits, consulting archival materials, and connecting with other scholars.
- The Boston University International Affairs Association (BUIAA) is the largest student organization at BU. Each fall, they host the Boston Area Model United Nations Conference (BarMUN), a four-day gathering that draws collegiate participants from around the city to debate world issues.
- Language Link: The Educational Resource Center
(ERC) offers informal, weekly conversation groups in a number of languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and English. Sessions are available in three levels: novice, intermediate, and advanced. Each group is facilitated by a native speaker who is eager to help you enhance your vocabulary, pronunciation, and cultural knowledge. Visit the ERC website (bu.edu/erc) to learn more and to sign up for a session
- Students in MetroBridge classes research and help local communities deal with issues such as the impact of recycling campaigns, gentrification, public health challenges, homeshare rental regulations, and creating a city budget. Course offerings vary each semester.
- Living-Learning Houses bring a shared culture to your campus residence, connecting like-minded students and faculty to promote mentoring and foster community learning. Residences include Global House (for those passionate about languages and cultures), the Kilachand Honors House and Floors, and the Core Curriculum House and Floors.
- The Student Academic Enhancement Fund (SAEF) is designed to support undergraduate CAS students in the pursuit of academic interests, endeavors, and achievements outside of the classroom. Funds can be used to attend conferences or for materials for projects and presentations.
- Perhaps you want to spend your spring break traveling on an Alternative Service Break or helping a local school. Or maybe you’re interested in mentoring a first-year student or being a Big Sister. BU’s Community Service Center offers students a variety of opportunities to volunteer in the Greater Boston area.
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