Arts & Sciences Academics

With a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and committed teachers and a student body that comes from every state of the union and most countries of the world, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences offer the advantages of both a first-class liberal arts college and a comprehensive research university.

Undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) engage with the questions, historic achievements, and contemporary approaches that most fundamentally inform humanity’s search for understanding of individuals, societies, and our physical universe. By studying the humanities and natural, computational, and social sciences, our students develop the tools and lay the groundwork for success and fulfillment in life and career.

Undergraduates can choose from nearly 100 majors and special academic programs. They can take advantage of valuable internship, research, and study abroad opportunities. They can learn from professors who are leaders in their fields. Our undergraduates develop interpersonal, analytical, and creative thinking skills that will help them throughout their lives. And they receive consistent support from academic advisors, faculty and student mentors.

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) offers students unparalleled opportunities to engage with our world-class faculty in cutting-edge research. With state-of-the-art facilities, students are encouraged to delve into their area of study in one of 40+ professional MA, MS, and MFA programs and 30 PhD programs in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

In keeping with the collaborative teaching and research culture that exists across BU, GRS programs partner with other disciplines across the University to offer compelling degree programs, such as PhD programs in molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry, bioinformatics, and neuroscience. Our programs reflect our strength as the heart of a major research university, the devotion of our faculty to teaching and mentoring, and the many advantages of our location in Boston.