The College of Arts & Sciences will be hosting a wide array of virtual events this summer for incoming students to explore and learn more about the academic and extracurricular opportunities in CAS, while also providing students the opportunity to connect with one another. These live events will be hosted by members of the CAS community, including professors, academic advisors, and student leaders. Keep an eye on this page to learn more about the different programs offered by CAS departments and the people who’ll make your BU experience meaningful.
Info & Insight Sessions with CAS Academic Departments
These sessions are open to all incoming CAS students (first year students and transfers). Register for the session offered by your major department or register for a department you’d like to explore more!
Registration links will be made available ~2 weeks in advance of program date. Please check back soon for more updates.
African American Studies Program
Learn about the wide range of interdisciplinary courses in African American Studies (including Hub courses), as well as our Minor, and events throughout the year. Our Director of Undergraduate Studies will be present for Q&A throughout.
Session 1: Monday, June 15th 3pm – 4pm EST
Session 2: Monday, June 29th 10am – 11am EST
Learn about a major or minor in American Studies. This session is for those who have already declared or are interested in learning more. We will go over the requirements of the program, and then answer any specific questions students may have.
Tuesday, June 9th 1pm – 2pm EST
Come listen to students talk about what it is like to be an anthropology major. Our sessions will focus on research and career opportunities opened up through participation in a small, highly interdisciplinary program with a very tight sense of community.
Session 1: Tuesday, June 9th 2pm – 3pm EST
Session 2: Tuesday, June 16th 2pm – 3pm EST
Anthropology Summer Book Clubs: Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Ethnography
Session 1: Professor Christopher Schmitt will discuss the film Contagion and Laurie Garrett’s The Coming Plague.
Thursday, June 11th 3pm – 4pm
Session 2: Professor Ayse Parla will discuss Jason de Leon’s The Land of Open Graves.
Thursday, June 25th 3pm – 4pm
The Archaeology Program invites you to learn about courses in Archaeology and opportunities for analytical lab and fieldwork experience that can prepare you for a range of careers in archaeology and cultural-heritage-related fields. After a brief introduction to our program, this session will center on a Q&A with current Archaeology students and faculty
Session 1: Thursday, July 2nd 9am – 10am EST
Session 2: Thursday, July 2nd 4pm – 5pm EST
Monday, June 8th 1pm – 2pm EST
Wednesday, June 17th 11am – 12am EST
Biology/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
The Biology Department and BMB Program will give an overview of different opportunities for our majors and those interested in declaring a major in Biology, including research, study abroad, dual Bachelors/Masters programs, and student groups. Following the presentation, current students will be available to answer questions about student life in the major.
Session 1: Tuesday, June 2nd 9am – 10am EST
Session 2: Wednesday, June 10th 4pm – 5pm EST
Join us to learn more about the Chemistry Department and the Bachelor’s program in Chemistry! This session will include an overview of the many different opportunities for our majors, including research, study abroad, dual Bachelors/Masters programs, student groups, and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions — of faculty and students — and learn more about the exciting opportunities in Chemistry.
Session 1: Wednesday, June 24th 9am – 10am EST
Session 2: Wednesday, July 8th 4pm – 5pm EST Register Here
Learn more about Humanities and Classics at BU and connect with faculty and students from The Department of Classical Studies. Learn about majors and joint majors with Archaeology, Philosophy, Religion, minors, student organizations, summer study in Greece and more! This session will be informal and give you the chance to meet current students and ask questions. We look forward to meeting you!
Session 1: Wednesday, June 17th 2pm – 3pm EST
Session 2: Tuesday, June 23rd 2pm – 3pm EST
Interested in learning more about Computer Science? Join us to hear from CS advisors about our courses, minor, and major options and from current students about ways to get involved outside the classroom.
Session 1: Wednesday, June 10th 8am – 9am EST
Session 2: Wednesday, June 17th 7pm – 8pm EST
Session 3: Thursday, June 25th 8am – 9am EST
Centered around weekly lectures and small discussion classes, Core is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to enduring texts, art and ideas that help them engage critically with the world. Core builds community through common readings, an engaging learning environment, and enhanced co-curricular programs. Core’s pathways through the Humanities, Natural Science, and Social Science include a Core Minor and Core Honors.
Session 1: Wednesday, June 10th 10am – 11am EST
Session 2: Wednesday, June 17th 1pm – 2pm EST
Earth & Environment
Discover diverse and exciting career paths for Earth & Environmental Sciences and Environmental Analysis & Policy Majors. We’re providing a brief presentation about the curriculum, study abroad programs, research opportunities, and how everything connects to your future environmental career.
Session 1: Thursday, June 11th 11am – 11:30am EST
Session 2: Monday, June 22nd 3pm – 3:30pm EST
The Director of Undergraduate Studies (Professor Todd Idson) and our two main undergraduate advisors (Daryl Graves and Professor Andre Switala) will discuss the structure of the major and minor in economics, and how our electives group into different areas of interest. Our program will include a Q&A session, so bring your questions.
Session 1: Monday, June 8th 9am – 10am EST
Session 2: Monday, June 8th 9pm – 10pm EST
We welcome all students majoring in English as well as those interested in English as a potential major or minor. We will survey the practical components of the major, outline research opportunities within the discipline, discuss creative outlets such as the undergraduate literary journal The Beacon, and advertise the newly-formed Undergraduate English Literary Association as a social outlet for those interested in literary study across the curriculum.
Session 1: Monday, June 15th 2pm – 3pm EST
Session 2: Tuesday, July 14th 12pm – 1pm EST Register Here
Professor Robichaud will give a short presentation about the History Department (our major and minor programs, and other opportunities) followed by a Q&A.
Session 1: Wednesday, July 8th 2pm – 2:30pm EST
History of Art & Architecture
Learn about the exciting opportunities for History of Art & Architecture majors and minors. Discover our undergraduate class options as well as ways to engage outside the classroom through student organizations, lectures and events.
Monday, June 8th 2pm – 3pm
Jewish Studies & Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Come and talk to professors and students and find out more about these growing programs, where you can be part of a lively community of students and faculty.
Session 1: Wednesday, June 17th 11am – 12pm
Session 2: Wednesday, July 8th 8pm – 9pm Register Here
The Linguistics Department offers a major, a minor, and several joint majors. Join us to learn about what a Linguistics major/minor involves, what courses are available, what our students and graduates get up to, and what Linguistics even is. A brief presentation will be followed by plenty of time for discussion and questions.
Session 1: Tuesday, June 9th 4pm – 5pm EST
Session 2: Friday, June 12th 4pm – 5pm EST
Mathematics & Statistics
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites you to learn more about our majors, minors, student life, and more! Please bring your curiosity and questions for a Q&A session with faculty, staff, and current students following a department overview.
Session 1: Friday, June 12th 3pm – 4pm EST
Session 2: Tuesday, June 23rd 9am – 10am EST
Neuroscience majors and those interested in Neuroscience will have the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, and current students. Overview of Neuroscience major will be provided as well as discussion of opportunities within the Neuroscience department such as student research, study abroad and student organizations.
Session 1: Monday, June 15th 3pm – 4pm EST
Session 2: Monday, June 22nd 9am – 10am EST
Pardee School of Global Studies
Welcome new BU students! Are you an undeclared student looking for a major? Are you a CAS student curious about double-majoring? Or, perhaps you’re enrolled at another BU School/College and want to pursue a Dual Degree. During this session you will have the opportunity to learn more about majors and minors offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies as well as how to get involved in our vibrant community. You will hear firsthand about the student experience from our Dean’s Ambassadors, student leaders who are expert on all things related to the Pardee School. Please join us to learn more about our academics, our community, and our mission to “advance human progress.
Session 1: Wednesday, June 24th 12pm – 1pm EST
Session 2: Wednesday, July 15th 12pm – 1pm EST Register Here
Discover the various exciting majors housed in the Philosophy Department. Learn about the structure of our program and how you can earn required credits while engaging in a rigorous analysis of ways of thinking and acting. Session includes a Q & A with current students.
Session 1: Tuesday, June 16th 11am – 12pm EST
Session 2: Tuesday, June 23rd 9am – 10am EST
We are pleased to host this session for prospective and current incoming Physics majors. The Director of Undergraduate studies (DUS) will present an overview of the program: research, study abroad, student groups, and events/activities. At the conclusion of the formal presentation, the DUS and current physics undergraduates will lead an informal Q&A session.
Session 1: Tuesday, June 23rd 3pm – 4pm EST
Session 2: Wednesday, July 15th 10am – 11am EST Register Here
The Department of Political Science invites you to learn about our undergraduate major, minors, and advanced program opportunities. Hear from our undergraduate students about their experiences in PO and from our Director of Undergraduate Studies, followed by a Q&A session.
Session 1: Wednesday, June 17th 2pm -3pm EST
Session 2: Wednesday, July 8th 11am – 12pm EST Register Here
An overview of the pre-health programs available to BU students who are interested in pursing health profession school and how students may engage with prehealth advisors in the CAS Pre-professional Advising Office.
Session 1: Tuesday, June 2nd 10am – 11am EST
Session 2: Wednesday, June 10th 3pm – 4pm EST
Session 3: Wednesday, June 17th 8:30am – 9:30am EST
Session 4: *Transfer Students Only, Please* Wednesday, July 8th 11:30am – 12:30pm Register Here
Psychological & Brain Sciences
The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences invites you to learn more about the psychology major and minor.The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr.Joanne Hebden Palfai, will provide a brief overview of requirements, research and other opportunities for students in psychology. Two faculty will give brief presentations on their research and a recent graduate will discuss her experiences as a major. A Q & A session will follow the presentations.
Monday, June 8th 2pm – 3pm EST
Come learn about the exciting opportunities available for Religion majors/minors at BU! Faculty will discuss exciting classes offered in the department. Students majoring in religion will share the variety of ways that this concentration has been beneficial for them. Overall, you will leave this session knowing how a degree in religion can equip you with essential skills that professional/graduate schools and employers demand.
Monday, June 22nd 10am – 10:45am EST
Faculty and students from Romance Studies welcome students interested in the study of French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese languages, literatures and film. We will present an overview of our majors and minors and opportunities for joint majors. Chat with us about study-abroad, internship opportunities, and other aspects of our programs and activities.
Session 1: Monday, June 8th 2pm – 3pm EST
Session 2: Tuesday, June 16th 4pm – 5pm EST
Join us for a brief overview of the Sociology department with the departmental advisor. We will discuss our curriculum, undergrad opportunities and requirements for our Major and Minor. Afterwards we will have an informal Q&A session.
Session 1: Monday, June 8th 3pm – 4pm EST
Session 2: Tuesday, 23rd 10am – 11am EST
Undeclared Academic Advising
An overview of the benefits of starting your BU career as Undeclared. An introduction to the specialized advising, resources, and programming available to undeclared students. Students will also be introduced to the Ambassador Program and meet student Ambassadors that can offer the student perspective and guidance.
Session 1: Tuesday, June 9th 3pm – 4pm EST
Session 2: Tuesday, June 16th 9am – 10am EST
Session 3: Tuesday, June 23rd 9am – 10am EST
Session 4: Tuesday, June 30th 3pm – 4pm EST
Session 5: Tuesday, July 14th 3pm – 4pm EST Register Here
World Languages & Literature
Join us for short presentations from faculty representing our programs in language and literature (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Persian (Farsi), Turkish, German, and Russian), followed by time for Q&A with students and faculty.
Session 1: Thursday, June 18th 4pm – 5pm EST
Session 2: Thursday, July 9th 9am – 10am Register Here
Zoom Around the World: Languages Orientation Session
Join us to find out about languages at BU. This session is an opportunity for you to ask questions about language requirements, discover the huge range of languages and cultures we teach at BU, learn about study abroad opportunities, and explore the many resources we have on campus to enhance your global learning experience.
Tuesday, June 30 2pm – 3pm EST
Meet & Greets with CAS Student Organizations
Undergraduate Women in Science and Engineering (uWISE) - Tuesday, July 17
We’ll be discussing life at BU as a STEM major, undergraduate research, pre-med clinical opportunities, and ending with a Q&A!
Tuesday, July 7th 12pm – 1pm EST
Computer Science Hacks & Hangouts - Saturday, July 11 & 18
This virtual event will be hosted by the Computer Science Ambassadors and provides Freshmen and transfer students a chance to know each other outside of the formal Orientation experience. You’ll also meet upperclassmen CS Peer Mentors and learn more about the CS program, Boston, and tips and tricks to get the most out of your BU experience.
Saturday, July 11th 8pm – 10pm
Saturday, July 18th 5pm – 7pm EST
No registration necessary. Join via Zoom ID: 939 9650 9334 / Password 09876
CAS Student Government - Monday, July 13
Come learn about what CAS Student Government is all about and how we can help both the CAS community and BU community! We will discuss how CAS students can get involved and the projects we have been working on and have worked on in the past! We will then end it with Q&A.
Monday, July 13th 12pm – 1pm EST Register Here
BU Statistics Club - Tuesday, July 14
Join us to learn more about the BU Statistics Club, including previous event we’ve held and potential future events to get involved. We’ll have time for Q&A and for a fun Kahoot for all to participate.
Tuesday, July 14th 12pm – 1pm EST Register Here
Town Hall:Freshmen Fall with CAS Administrators & CAS Student Government - Tuesday, July 14
The Town Hall will focus on your first semester in CAS and what you can expect this Fall on campus and in your classes. You will hear directly from senior leaders within the College of Arts & Sciences as they answer your questions about CAS experience this upcoming semester and how they are preparing to deliver services, classes, and foster community under LfA.
Tuesday, July 14th 3pm – 4pm EST RSVP and Submit Questions Here
Zoom ID: 936 6005 2817
Boston University American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) - Monday, July 20
This will be a ‘Prepare Yourself For Being A STEM Major’ workshop focusing on BMB, chemistry, and biology majors. We’ll start with discussions revolving around college and being a STEM major (like intro classes, clubs/activities, burnout, and myths and misconceptions), and to end with a fun Kahoot and Q&A.
Monday, July 20th 12pm – 1pm EST Register Here
BU Model United Nations Team - Tuesday, July 21
Tuesday, July 21 12pm – 1pm EST Register Here
For Transfer Students: Transition To Boston University (Peer Mentor Program for Transfer Students) - Tuesday, July 21
Transition To Boston University (TTBU) is a student-run peer mentoring program designed by transfer students for transfer students. There will be a brief presentation followed by small group discussions led by upperclassmen transfer students. There will be ample opportunity for Q & A and to learn about the transfer experience at BU.
Tuesday, July 21 4pm – 5pm EST Register Here
BU International Affairs Association - Monday, July 27
Monday, July 27th 12pm – 1pm EST Register Here
BU Environmental Student Organization - Tuesday, July 28
Tuesday, July 28th 12pm – 1pm EST Register Here
Alpha Chi Sigma (co-educational, professional chemistry fraternity) - Wednesday, July 29
Learn more Alphi Chi Sigma, a national co-educational, professional chemistry fraternity dedicated to providing opportunities for study and leadership, as well as forming friendships and connections among students interested in chemistry and related fields.
Wednesday, July 29th 8pm – 9pm EST More Info Here
BU Mathematical Association of America (BUMAA) & BU Student Chapter of Association for Women in Mathematics (BUAWM) - Saturday, August 8
This collaborative info session is brought to you by BUMAA and BUAWM. Learn more about how these associations foster a close-knit community among students interested in statistics and mathematical sciences, and how these associations support member’s professional and academic development.
Saturday, August 8th 8pm ET Register Here