Dear future CAS students,
Congratulations and welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences at BU! We hope you all take a moment to recognize and celebrate this wonderful achievement. Many of you are experiencing unprecedented disruptions to your senior year of high school, just as we are experiencing a sudden end to in-person classes and on-campus programming at BU this spring. We hope you hang in there, and look forward to meeting you soon.
Ordinarily, we would be welcoming you all to campus for an Open House in April. Due to the changed circumstances, however, we will be giving you a chance to experience what CAS has to offer from the comfort of your home! Below you will find info about our series of virtual webinars and Q&A sessions featuring current students. During these webinars, you’ll learn what it is like to be a student in the College of Arts & Sciences and about the wonderful academic programs available to you here.
There’s no better way to get a feel for what it is like to be student here than by hearing directly from our current students! We hope you take the time to learn all about the CAS Advantage and the opportunities that await you.
—Stan Sclaroff, Dean of Arts & Sciences
Video Welcome from Dean Sclaroff
The Value of a Liberal Arts Education with Associate Dean of Student Academic Life, Steve Jarvi
Live Virtual Events in the College of Arts & Sciences
Sign up for a webinar or virtual Q&A session and get to know CAS! Events take place throughout the month of April. Click on the dropdown menus below to learn more and to register. All live content will be recorded.
College of Arts & Sciences Student Panel
Join us for a moderated panel featuring current College of Arts & Sciences students representing a variety of majors and experiences. Participants can pre-submit questions and ask them live as well. Topics will include:
- Advising and choosing a major
- Classroom, research and internship experiences
- How a liberal arts education is preparing our students for life beyond BU
Tuesday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Featuring Student Panelists:
- Morgan Farrar ’20; Major: Anthropology
- Avery Ofoje ’20; Major: Biology; Minor: African Studies Minor
- Alyssa Rothman ’22: Major: Economics; Minor: International Relations and Business Administration & Management (Questrom)
- Trevor Tamura ‘ 22: Major: Biology
Friday, April 10 at 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. ET
Featuring Student Panelists:
- Gabby Florio ’20: Major: Sociology; Minor: Political Science
- Roma Patel ’20: Majors: History of Art and Architecture & European Studies; Minors: History and Core Curriculum
- Michael Quinn ’23: Major: Biology
- Gonzalo Rosales ’21: Major: Computer Science; Minor: Philosophy
Transfer Student Information Session and Student Panel
Staff from the CAS Student Programs & Leadership office and CAS Academic Advising, as well as a panel of current students, will talk about the transfer experience and student life in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Join us on:
- Wednesday, April 29th 11am – 11:45am ET
- Friday, May 8th 11am – 11:45am ET – Register Here
College of Arts & Sciences Live Faculty Lecture
Join Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies Paula Austin in a discussion on Black women’s organizing efforts from the late 19th through 21st century: voting rights, racial justice, and mutual aid. This discussion is co-sponsored by the Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism and Umoja, The Black Student Union. Open to all admitted and current students.
Professor Perspectives: History of Black Women’s Organizing
Monday, April 13th
First-Year Experience in the College of Arts & Sciences
Join us for a presentation and panel featuring current students in the College of Arts & Sciences. Participants can pre-submit questions and ask them live as well. Staff from the CAS Student Programs & Leadership office will present a snapshot of co-curricular opportunities in the first-year. Topics include:
- FY101: First-Year Seminar
- Academic Advising
- Academic Clubs & Organizations
- Community Building
- Leadership Opportunities
The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies is a community of students, faculty, and alumni dedicated to improving the human condition through problem-solving, leadership, and innovative research. Our students study International Relations, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle East/North Africa Studies. We hope you’ll join us at one of our virtual events and explore our website to learn more about our undergraduate programs, our faculty, and how to get in touch with us.
Pardee School Virtual Visit
We want to meet you! Join us via Zoom to connect with each other and current students. We’ll share information about our five majors, special opportunities, and the multiple ways that the Pardee School is advancing human progress.
- Wed. April 8 at 8 p.m. ET
- Fri. April 17 at 8 a.m. ET
Academic Life: Pre-Law Advising
Pre-Law Advisors from the Pre-Professional Advising Office and pre-law students will provide an overview of Pre-Law Advising services, programs, and the student experience. Join us for conversation and a Q&A on topics including:
- Our holistic approach to pre-law advising
- Pre-Law student organizations and activities
- Academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular opportunities
- Engagement with the legal profession
- Pre-Law student perspectives
Academic Life: Pre-Health Advising
Prehealth Advisors from the Preprofessional Advising Office and a current prehealth undergraduate student will provide an overview of our Pre-Medical/Pre-Health programs for students who may be considering these areas of study. Topics include:
- Our holistic approach to prehealth advising
- Prehealth student organizations
- Studying abroad as a prehealth student
- Opportunities to build clinical and research experience
Academic Life: Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program
Please join Dr. Glen B. Zamansky (Director of the Seven-Year Program), Dr. Kristen Goodell (Associate Dean of Admissions at the School of Medicine), Michelle Sherman (Director of Prehealth Advising), and medical school students for an informative session about the Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education program. We will discuss:
- The undergraduate years
- The medical school years
- Students’ perspectives
This event is invite only for students admitted to the Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program and will take place on Friday, April 17 at 12:00pm-2:00pm ET.
Professors in the College of Arts & Sciences share their virtual classroom experiences and previous speaking engagements. Check out these videos to get a taste of what a CAS classroom is like.
Remote Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19
Chemistry Master Lecturer Binyomin Abrams connects with 181 students around the world—from an empty lecture hall. Watch the video and read the article here in BU Today.
Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics Daniel Erker gives talk at TEDx
CAS Core Director Kyna Hamill discusses Art and Community in Dante's Purgatorio
Dr. Hamill welcomes new students to the Core community and delivers a mini lecture from the Core class, “Antiquity and the Medieval World”.
Senior Lecturer in Biology Kathryn Spilios connects with students remotely
Dr. Spilios gives remote learning tips and delivers her lecture, “Cell Division and the Cell Cycle – Part I” from her home living room for her Biology students this Spring 2020.
College of Arts & Sciences Majors and Departments
Undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences can choose from over 70 majors and special academic programs. By studying the humanities and natural, computational, and social sciences, our students develop the tools and lay the groundwork for success and fulfillment in life and career. Learn more about the College of Arts & Sciences majors and academic programs offered at our department and program listing and about departmental open house events at this page.
To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits (excluding PDP, ROTC, and CAS FY and SY courses), the BU Hub requirements, major requirements, and the study of a second language to the intermediate level. Students must receive a minimum grade of C or higher in courses taken to satisfy major and minor requirements. All students must receive a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to graduate. For more information, visit the Boston University Undergraduate Programs Bulletin at bu.edu/academics/cas/programs.
General Education Requirement: The BU Hub
The BU Hub is the University’s innovative general education program in which students explore a broad array of disciplines and ways of thinking that will prepare them to thrive in today’s world. Through the Hub, students will develop six essential capacities:
- Philosophical, Aesthetic, and Historical Interpretation
- Scientific and Social Inquiry
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Global Citizenship
- Communication: Written, Oral and/or Signed, and Digital/Multimedia
- Intellectual Toolkit: Critical Thinking, Research and Information Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration, Creativity/Innovation, and Life Skills
Students develop these capacities through a combination of coursework, co-curricular activities, and the BU Hub’s signature experience, the Cross-College Challenge. Students can take Hub courses throughout their entire undergraduate experience. Hub courses can also count toward major and minor requirements. For more information, visit the BU Hub website at bu.edu/hub.
CAS Writing Program
The CAS Writing Program offers theme-based writing seminars through which most CAS undergraduates satisfy their BU Hub requirements for “First-Year Writing Seminar,” “Writing, Research, and Inquiry,” and sometimes “Oral and/or Signed Communication” or “Digital/Multimedia Expression.” The curriculum includes
topics such as: Boston Now, which involves outside-the-classroom learning throughout the city; Hip-Hop and American Poetry: Race, Identity, and Social Injustice; Touring America; Controversial Shakespeare; Ethical Missteps in Public Health; and Disney and Empire. Further information can be found at bu.edu/writingprogram.
Additional Opportunities in the College of Arts & Sciences
Learn about some of our unique and engaging programming below. You can also visit The CAS Advantage page to learn about additional opportunities that the College offers for students to engage in the world outside of the classroom.
First-Year Seminar: FY101
FY101 is a one-credit class that serves as a semester-long introduction to BU and college life. Each section is taught in combination by a BU staff member and a student peer mentor. Learn more about FY101 here.
Hear from current students about why they took FY101:
Environmental Analysis and Policy major, Keeley Bombard ’22, shares how FY101 helped her learn about and get more connect to the valuable resources available to students at BU.
The Core Curriculum
The Core Curriculum in the College of Arts & Sciences is a liberal arts learning community for students who love books, ideas, and intellectual discussion. Learn more about the Core Curriculum.
International Relations major, Mark Marsden ’22 ,talks about his professors in the Core Curriculum and how the Core’s interdisciplinary approach piqued his interest.
Anthony Khoudary ’21, explains how the small, seminar-based classes in Core provided a small community within BU to connect with other students and faculty. Anthony studies Biology with a specialization in Neurobiology.
Kyna Hamill, Director of the CAS Core Curriculum, delivers a mini-lecture from the Core class, “Antiquity and the Medieval World”
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is one way students can get involved in research as early as their first year at BU. UROP facilitates undergraduate participation in faculty-mentored research projects. Learn more about UROP.
Stephanie Gonzalez ’21 explains how she first got involved with research at the Brain Plasticity and Neural Imaging Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine. Stephanie is double-majoring in Neuroscience and Philosophy & Psychology.
Economics and International Relations major, Akash Chopra ’20, first connected with Professor Elizabeth Bettini from the School of Education through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program during his sophomore year. Two years later, Akash has continued to work with Professor Bettini and her team on two publications.
Undergraduate Internship Opportunities
Yawkey Non-Profit Internship Program provides a living allowance stipend to support participation in unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations.
CAS On-Campus Internship Program provides professional office internship experience for students while they earn one credit through a pass/fail class.
Political Science major, Mary Cerkvenik ’20, talks about her experience working as a Congressional Intern in her home state of Minnesota. Mary acquired funding for this internship opportunity through the BU Center for Career Development.
Adia Armstrong ’20 took advantage of the Yawkey Non-Profit Internship Program and worked as a Community Outreach and Engagement intern in the Boston Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement. Adia majors in International Relations.
Diversity & Inclusion Resources
At CAS and BU, we strive to foster an academic environment that enables students from all backgrounds to flourish. In doing so, we are seeking to enhance and improve upon the university’s legacy of proactive inclusion and social justice. Part of creating an empowering and accessible learning environment is providing the resources for students from a wide range of backgrounds to find support, information, and community.
For a full listing of diversity & inclusion resources for current students, including university offices and student organizations, go here.
Our current students will be answering questions via Instagram Live the week of April 13th each day from 11:45am-12:15pm ET.
Eli Panetta will host social science majors (Psychology, Economics, International Relations, etc) as guests on Tuesday, April 14th.
Aishwarya Chitoor will host Natural Science majors (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Neuroscience, etc.) as guests on Wednesday, April 15th.
Veer Sawhney will host Math and Computer Science majors as guests on Thursday, April 16th
Roma Patel will host Humanities majors (English, Foreign Languages, History of Art & Architecture, etc.) as guests on Friday, April 17th.