Take a deep dive into understanding our complex, globalized world. You'll choose from a wide range of courses in history, economics, political science, sociology, and religion, while developing substantive knowledge of at least one region of the world and one functional area of study. Courses are taught by a diverse faculty of CIA agents, expert international negotiators, former ambassadors, White House advisors, and more.
Majors for every interest.
There's no shortage of ways to challenge yourself at BU. Whether you're into visual art or the art of business. Studying ancient cultures or shaping the future. With 10 undergraduate schools and colleges it may be hard to decide. But that's okay, it's perfectly fine to be "undecided."Explore Schools & Colleges
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If you’ve always wanted to share your story with the world, then the journalism major could be right for you. In studying the history and ethics of journalism, you’ll learn to write, report, edit, and produce work at its highest level. You also will develop a core understanding of professional journalism as it relates to deadlines, interviewing, research, and innovation in the field. Take the opportunity to write for student-run newspaper, the Daily Free Press, or BU Today. Senior journalism students can also expand their journalism experience and skills by spending a semester in Washington, D.C., at the The Washington Journalism Center. Students are encouraged to take courses in areas outside of their major to augment their academic experience. Minors or dual degrees in other BU schools and colleges, while not required, are strongly recommended.
What makes something ethical? What does it mean to exist? Why is there something rather than nothing? If you’ve ever considered these questions, philosophy might be right for you! In this major, you can complete research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and learn to make sense of all these questions. Students desiring specialized work in addition to the requirements of the regular major are invited to consider the following four areas: philosophy of law, politics, and society; philosophy and history of science; philosophy and the ancient world; and philosophy of the biomedical sciences. These interdisciplinary joint majors offer alternative pathways for further exploration beyond the major itself.
BU’s program is well known for producing highly successful alumni in the field of film and television. You’ll study writing, managing and producing, and the history of film and television, while acquiring the skills needed to launch your career. Choose your focus: Production, Screenwriting, Film and Television Studies, or Management/Producing. Then compliment your coursework with hands-on experience. BUTV10, our student-operated TV production studio, and the BU in LA internship program are popular options.
Sociology is the major to explore if you’re curious about the social causes and consequences of human behavior. BU offers the opportunity to explore a variety of sociological concentrations, from medical sociology to urban sociology, global social relations, or gender inequality. You can also perform research with a professor through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Sociology students may study abroad and fully immerse yourself in the history, culture, and social policies of a new country. The critical-thinking skills and broad theoretical knowledge you’ll gain through this program will prepare you for many different career paths, from medicine and law to social work, education, or policy administration.
Uncover the science behind human behavior. As a Psychology major, you'll take courses in perception, learning, and cognition, as well as developmental, personality, social, and abnormal psychology. You'll also have the opportunity to do directed research under the supervision of a faculty member on topics ranging from childhood development to autism to substance abuse.
Learn the ins-and-outs of business through the finance concentration, which presents a deep exploration of finance within the Business Administration major. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of finance courses ranging from International Financial Management to Computational Techniques for Finance. Sample amongst electives like Law Financial Risk Management or Real Estate Finance in Questrom. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to intern and network with alumni at Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, and more! Students may also explore additional academic options, including the Questrom Honors Program, minors, independent studies, study abroad opportunities, and the option of pursuing a dual degree.
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Who gets into BU? And who thrives? The academic profile will give you an idea, but students here are greater than the sum of their SAT scores. Our community is incredibly diverse. But students share many traits: They're smart, ambitious, looking to understand the world, develop their own innovations, form novel research questions, and proactively seek out new experiences.See a Day in the Life
The Boston skyline from your dorm room. Your roommate's favorite coffee run. Rock climbing at FitRec. Acing that midterm together. So many Instagram-worthy experiences await you at BU.Picture Yourself Here