CGS Student Organizations

As part of the 450+ student activities groups across campus, there are several groups organized by CGS students and advised by CGS faculty or staff. If you are planning an event, please see the CGS Communications Guide for student organizations for guidance in getting the word out.

Student Government

CGS Student Government Association (CGSSGA) takes an active role in the College of General Studies culture, and slates from the College have often held University-wide office in the Student Union. You can find CGSSGA on Facebook, and on Instagram and Twitter (@BUCGSSGA); or make a suggestion using the online suggestion box.

For more information, please contact: Matt Bae (

Club GiiVE

Club GiiVE (Get Involved In Volunteer Experiences) is a student-run community service club which focuses on volunteering in and around campus as well as in the greater Boston area. In the past, members have volunteered at local soup kitchens and have held fundraisers for many different organizations.

For more information, please contact Heidi Chase (, and find them on Facebook.

Open Space

Open Space is a student-run discussion group that seeks to create an engaged and open learning environment at CGS. Topics of discussion include social justice, current events, identity, and international and global perspectives, among more, with the goal of establishing a sense of inclusion and pride both within CGS and BU as a whole.

For more information, please contact Matt Bae ( During the spring 2018 semester, meetings will be held Wednesdays at 3:30 PM in CGS 406. Follow the conversation through Open Space’s Facebook group.

Film Lovers and Philosophers Society (FLAPS)

The Film Lovers and Philosophers Society (FLAPS) brings together those who are passionate about cinema and those who love rich discussions. Offering a series of films throughout the year, each viewing is followed by an informal group discussion. In addition to the monthly viewings, FLAPS members occasionally travel to Coolidge Corner Cinema, Boston’s only nonprofit independent movie house, to see first run films.

For more information, please contact Christopher Fahy ( and Chuck Henebry (

Literary Magazine and Essay Contest

The Chimaerid (K-EYE-MI-RID) is the CGS student literary magazine that showcases the many artistic talents of CGS students, including poetry, photography, artwork, and more. Published each spring, the magazine is titled after a group of fish known as the chimaerid, which are named after a Greek mythological beast composed of parts from many animals. Given the variety of artistic talents of CGS students, the magazine emanates a similar essence. Check out the most recent version, published April 2018: The Chimaerid

For more information, contact Prof. Regina Hansen.

Art Show/Coffee House

For more than a decade, the Art Show/Coffee House has offered opportunities for students to read their literary efforts aloud, display their artwork, and perform original music for a public audience.

Gilbane House

166–168 Bay State Road

Honoring former CGS Dean Brendan Gilbane, this specialty community residence is a beautiful, renovated brownstone located on Bay State Road. While not exclusive, this residence is mainly comprised of CGS students– junior and senior CGS alumni act as mentors to underclassmen residents. The Gilbane House is a dynamic place, as activities and events (e.g., annual holiday party) are organized regularly to enhance the experience and build the community.

World Affairs Forum

The World Affairs Forum sponsors guest speakers, lectures and discussions related to politics and international issues. For more information, please contact Shawn Lynch (, Michael Holm ( and R. Sam Deese (