Majors & Minors at CAS

Undergraduate Information

Majors at the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University

The majors in the Boston University arts and sciences curriculum are designed to ensure you experience the challenges and rewards of studying an academic discipline or interdisciplinary subject in considerable depth. College of Arts & Sciences graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, such as medicine, law, education, technology, business and marketing, engineering, communications, and entertainment.

Major requirements usually consist of 9 to 16 required courses with a minimum of 8 courses in a single department or program, plus a varying number of courses in other closely related departments. With the help of an advisor, each student in the College of Arts & Sciences chooses and completes one of the majors described here. You may elect to double-major or to supplement your major with a minor. Dual BA/MA and BA/MS programs provide students the opportunity to earn two degrees, usually over the course of five academic years. Additional and double majors are listed under the major descriptions. For an up-to-date description of each major and minor, please view its official listing on the Boston University Bulletin.

* denotes a major or minor offered through the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, which is housed within CAS and offers a rich array of majors and minors focused on global challenges and societies.


Minors at the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University

While not required, students often opt to complete a minor in an additional field of interest to broaden their skill sets and knowledge. In addition to the disciplines listed below, minors are available in all of the CAS major areas of study except for biochemistry & molecular biology and neuroscience. Also available to CAS students are a number of minors offered by BU’s professional schools and colleges.

You can view more information about all minors at the Boston University Bulletin.