Being a student at the College of Arts & Sciences at BU comes with the chance to chart your own path—both in and out of the classroom. Whether you want to save the planet, grow your leadership skills, or get involved in the city (or all three!), a CAS group, program, or initiative can get you there.
- Student Activities Office
Get ready to embrace your culture, enhance your studies, mentor a classmate, or find a new hobby, as members of the BU community have access to over 450 student groups. Immerse yourself in student government, music and dance, theater, comedy, or cultural, leadership, and volunteering opportunities—just to name a few!
- Community Service and Advocacy
Perhaps you want to spend your spring break traveling on an Alternative Service Break or helping a local school. Or maybe you’re interested in mentoring a first-year student or being a Big Sister. BU’s Community Service Center offers students a variety of opportunities to volunteer in the Greater Boston area.
- BU Spark!
BU Spark! is an initiative that supports student-driven innovation and entrepreneurship in computer science, computer engineering, and related disciplines. Check out their fellowship program, CAS course offerings, and network of resources and experts to help you achieve your tech goals.
Students in MetroBridge classes, part of the BU Initiative on Cities, research and help local communities deal with issues such as the impact of recycling campaigns, gentrification, public health challenges, homeshare rental regulations, and creating a city budget. Course offerings vary each semester.
- BU Sustainability
Find out about BU’s commitment to a sustainable future and how you can get involved as an undergraduate student, from greening your dorm room to becoming a sustainability ambassador and leader, and other (big or small!) changes you can make.
- On-Campus Research/UROP
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a University-wide program that funds undergraduate students to conduct research with BU faculty members in all disciplines. CAS students make up the majority of the participants too. You can get a list of recent projects on their website.
- On-Campus Internships
The CAS On-Campus Internship Program provides you with critical, real-world workplace experience through on-campus internships and a one-credit course that focuses on the development of career goals and professional networking skills. Internship opportunities include positions in archival research, information technology, institutional research, video production, and outreach and communication.
- Student Employment
BU Student Employment employs over 2,500 work-study students on campus, in the University’s schools, colleges, and offices and even off campus at nonprofit, incorporated community service organizations. You may even win a campus award for your work.
- Study Abroad
Experience one of the most popular college experiences through BU Study Abroad. The University offers almost 100 opportunities in more than 30 cities, spanning six continents, so whether you want to do a semester at sea, explore Sydney, Australia, or study art history in the United Kingdom, you can find the program that works for your major and interests.
Additionally, while away from campus, you have the chance to intern and further your career prospects. Professional opportunities include studying management, language, and the arts. We also have a number of domestic programs; you can spend a semester studying in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., or San Francisco.
CAS Leadership Opportunities
- The student government of the College of Arts & Sciences acts as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration and serve as advocates for CAS students and organize events for the CAS community. A great way to get some face time with the higher-ups at the College.
- Peer mentors are a selected group of sophomores, juniors, and seniors who co-teach sections of FY101, our First Year Experience course, every Fall.
- Dean’s Hosts help new students and prospective freshmen learn about everything Boston University and the College of Arts & Sciences have to offer. You can meet the current students on our welcome page.