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College of Arts & Sciences

Boston University’s largest academic division, the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and its Graduate School (GRS) are the heart of the BU experience. CAS and GRS enroll almost a third of BU’s student population, with CAS providing the required courses that nearly all BU undergraduates take. Both schools deliver a first-class liberal arts education.

The mission of Arts & Sciences is to nurture the discovery, creation, transmission, and application of information across both the humanities and the sciences. This framework for exploration and discovery has practical effects on scholarship by advancing creativity, a broad vision, and the ability to participate in diverse and promising partnerships in the quest for knowledge.


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The College of Arts & Sciences Campaign
CAS informational one-sheet

College of Arts & Sciences Videos

Steven Kellerman

Steven Kellerman (DGE’61, CAS’65)

Steven Kellerman shares memories at BU Alumni Weekend 2017.

Poetry Reading by David Ferry

David Ferry, an award-winning poet and lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences Creative Writing department, reads a selection of his favorite poetry at the 2009–2010 Poetry Reading Series. In his selections, Ferry touches on love, human nature, and death.

Hosted by College of General Studies and the Humanities Foundation at Boston University on October 29, 2009.

Poet David Ferry reads a selection of his favorite poetry at the 2009–2010 Poetry Reading Series.

The Carbon Conundrum in :60

It's been on the lips of the president, a concern of the new pontiff, and on the minds of millions: global warming. Lucy Hutyra has heard the call and is seeking answers in her own backyard.

"If we are going to have a prayer of actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions, meeting commitments, and creating international treaties," says Hutyra, "we need to know where carbon dioxide is coming from within cities. It's the canary in the coal mine, so to speak."

Read the story on the Annual Report.

PROFESSOR IN THE COAL MINE: Lucy Hutyra explains why urban warming is a harbinger for the planet.

Anthropology in :60

As an upright human being, Jeremy DeSilva feels an irresistible pull to tell the stories of our ancestors' bones. Ancient ones, in particular. "I'm completely hooked on bringing these things back to life. I see the bones they have left as this incredible gift, a very rare window into reconstructing the way things used to be."

Read the story on the Annual Report.

CAVEWOMAN WALKING: Anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva reveals how early humans really went mobile.

  • It was the first day of my creative writing course, and I was nervous. I was a journalism major, so poems and plays were intimidating—and so were my classmates. Then one of them made a joke involving Ents (a Lord of the Rings referen... Read More

    Alyce Nicolo (COM'07)

So far in The Campaign for Boston University, CAS has been proud to receive 16 scholarships, 9 professorships, and countless other gifts from alumni, parents, and friends.

For example, in 2014, Frederick S. Pardee (SMG’54, GSM’54, Hon.’06) gave $25 million to endow a new BU school that will be built on his dream of advancing human progress.

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, housed in CAS, opened in fall of 2015 with the goal of bringing together faculty from across the University to support interdisciplinary research and to educate the next generation of leaders who will address issues of global human progress.

CAS campaign leadership

Bonnie Feld (CAS’73)
College of Arts & Sciences campaign chair