Undergraduate Research Opportunities

College of General Studies professors are active in a wide range of research and scholarship in disciplines such as behavioral ecology, Victorian literature, foundations of quantum mechanics, fiction and poetry writing, composition theory, European history, film, and political theory. Browse through our faculty profiles to get a sense of our faculty’s diverse interests.

In addition to their scholarly contributions, CGS faculty share their research work with our students, enriching the educational experience through example and individual mentoring.

The College of General Studies and Boston University provide students with opportunities to conduct research with faculty as early as the freshman year.

Directed Study

Qualified students, including those in their first year, may wish to pursue research, either with an independent project or by assisting a professor in research. Directed Study allows students to explore their interests in depth, gain research experience, and earn credits under the supervision of a professor.

In most cases, students initiate the directed study, i.e., they have an idea for a research topic and they approach a CGS faculty member to work with for credit. To learn more about the program, check our Directed Study page.


The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) assists Boston University undergraduates who are interested in conducting research projects under the supervision and guidance of BU faculty members.

Students may participate in the program for academic credit, for a stipend, or on a volunteer basis. All UROP research projects must be worthy of academic credit and last at least one semester (or ten weeks during the summer).

The UROP office at 143 Bay State Road publicizes and promotes faculty projects and helps students apply for funding, prepare research proposals, and disseminate their research findings.

UROP defines research broadly. Students may participate in any scientific or scholarly activity that leads to:

  • The production of new knowledge
  • Increased problem-solving capabilities (including design and analysis)
  • Original critical or historical theory and interpretation