Pathways to a BU Degree

CGS Pathways  illustrate a typical pathway into  degree programs at BU:

The BU Bulletin provides info on BU’s 250+ programs by subject, both majors and minors! You can find a complete list of degree programs, majors, and minors available at BU.

Degree Advice monitors degree completion and supports degree planning.

CGS and the BU Hub shows how the CGS courses you complete will fulfill Boston University Hub units. (Note: for Class of 2022 only)

CGS Program Requirements

The College of General Studies is a two-year program comprised of courses in rhetoric (writing), natural science, humanities, and social sciences. CGS students are required to complete:

  • Two rhetoric courses in the freshman year
  • Two natural science courses in the sophomore year
  • Three humanities courses during the two year-program
  • Three social sciences courses during the two-year program

CGS Courses – September Program
CGS Courses – January Program

Students will work with their CGS academic advisor to determine which humanities and social sciences courses are most appropriate for their major.

Completing CGS and Continuing to a Major

Students are eligible to continue into one of the undergraduate degree-granting schools and colleges at the University if they have completed the CGS program requirements and appropriate electives, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher, and have earned a minimum of 60 credits. Students with a cumulative grade point average below 2.00 will not continue into a degree program at Boston University.