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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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Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences!

Congratulations and welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences! Your hard work has paid off, and we are thrilled to have you join our extraordinary academic community.

Class of 2019 Open House Information

We hope you will join us at one of our Open House programs this spring: April 3, 10, 17, or 24. You can meet other accomplished students admitted to the Class of 2019 and get a better sense of what it’s like to be a BU student. Above all, we welcome your curiosity, and we’ve planned a day full of opportunities to get your questions answered by students, deans, faculty, and staff.

A snapshot of your day:

• Arrive on campus and check in at 8:30 a.m.
• Attend welcoming remarks by Dean Virginia Sapiro
• Hear how current students are discovering and pursuing their goals at BU
• Learn more about academic majors, courses, special programs,
study abroad, and advising
• Meet some of your future professors by attending a lecture and
taking a tour of science labs
• Have lunch with BU students
• Meet with a representative from Financial Assistance (optional)
• Explore all 1.3 miles of campus from your new perspective as an
admitted student

Arrival time: 8:30 a.m.

Check-in location: George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Stone Lobby, 2nd floor

Parking: College of Arts & Sciences Lot, 240 Bay State Road, or Warren Towers Garage, 700 Commonwealth Avenue. A red parking pass should have been sent to you by mail with your invitation to Open House.

Nearest T station: Green Line, B Branch, Boston University Central stop

RSVP Now! Reservations are required.

RSVP by logging in to your Boston University Web Account at If you do not have a BU Web Account, please call 617-353-2300 to RSVP. We kindly ask that you limit your guests to two and that you do not make travel plans until you receive a confirmation of your Open House reservation.

When you RSVP, please let us know how many people will attend, if there are any dietary preferences, or if anyone will require an American Sign Language interpreter or other support services. Boston University’s Hillel House welcomes guests to observe the Sabbath or partake in a kosher meal. Call 617-353-7200 to make arrangements.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these exciting and informative programs in April!

But what if you can’t make it to Boston?

Coming to campus is the absolute best way to find out about your upcoming college experience. You’ll meet your professors and future classmates and hear about our majors and curricula. You’ll learn what’s for dinner and where the dorms are. But, we understand not everybody can make it to Boston—that’s why we’re taking Boston University on the road. For a full listing of our Class of 2018 Receptions, go to We can’t bring our famous West Campus burger with us, but you’ll still get a taste of BU.

For more information, contact Matt Lengen (, 617-358-3198).

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Welcome from the Dean

thumb_deanRead a message of welcome to new Arts & Sciences students from the Dean.

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Majors and Minors in the Arts & Sciences

thumb_majorsThe role of majors in our arts and sciences curriculum is to ensure that all graduates have experienced the challenges and rewards of studying an academic discipline or interdisciplinary subject in considerable depth. With the help of an advisor, each student in the College of Arts & Sciences chooses and completes one of the majors described here. Some students elect to double-major, or to supplement their major with a minor in a second field of strong personal interest.

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Degree Requirements

thumb_requirementsLearn more about the degree requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences in the current edition of the Boston University Undergraduate Programs Bulletin. Specific questions should be directed to a faculty advisor or to an academic advisor in CAS Academic Advising, 100 Bay State Road, Room 401; 617-353-2400;

degree requirements

Academic Advising

thumb_advisingCAS Academic Advising is the hub of student activity at the College of Arts & Sciences, offering academic advising, degree planning, registration guidance, and all the information you need to build an undergraduate degree that satisfies graduation requirements and reflects your interests and aspirations.

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The Core Curriculum

thumb_coreThe CAS Core Curriculum is designed for first- and second-year students who place a high value on liberal education, intellectual friendship, and close contact with faculty. A wide-ranging interdisciplinary program based on the classics of the humanities and social sciences and the important ideas, methods, and discoveries of the natural sciences, Core concentrates on what the greatest works throughout the ages say to us here, right now. Its goal is to empower the mind and sharpen what Confucius called “human-heartedness.”

Core Curriculum

The Writing Program

thumb_writingThe Writing Program at Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences offers a year-long sequence of freshman writing seminars on a wide range of engaging topics and questions. These seminars are taught by BU faculty members and an experienced staff of full-time writing instructors. A comprehensive Writing Center, where students can have one-on-one conversations about their writing with seasoned tutors, supports and augments classroom work.

Writing Program

Student Organizations

thumb_organizationsView an abbreviated list of academic and co-curricular opportunities for students at the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS).

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College Facts

thumb_factsThe College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) at Boston University was founded in 1873 as the College of Liberal Arts. The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) was founded in 1874 as the School of All Sciences.

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