The College of General Studies (CGS) is founded on two principles: to give students the best possible undergraduate educational experience in an intellectually and socially cohesive team structure; and to help students apply broad learning to real-world problems through a rigorous liberal arts program. The team system, pioneered by CGS, enables faculty to make interdisciplinary connections between their courses and the other courses students on their team are taking. These courses give students a comprehensive, integrated liberal arts education organized around four divisions (humanities, natural sciences, rhetoric, and social sciences) and taught over two years. The CGS experience is enhanced by a choice of undergraduate research opportunities, interdisciplinary, real-world projects, and study abroad programs tailored to the courses.
Every student enrolled in the College of General Studies is a fully matriculated Boston University degree candidate who—after completing the two-year program—will have earned a minimum of 64 credit hours: a minimum of 40 credit hours within the CGS program, and up to 24 elective credit hours taken in one of the other schools or colleges at Boston University. The CGS program fulfills most of the BU Hub University-wide general education requirements, and all CGS courses count for at least two Hub areas.
Completion of the 64 credit hours places a student halfway through the 128-credit-hour requirement for nearly all of the University’s baccalaureate degree programs. CGS students do not “graduate” from CGS, nor do they earn an associate’s degree, nor do they have to apply for intra-university transfer. They simply choose from any of the degree programs at BU and transition into one of BU’s nine other undergraduate schools and colleges, where they will complete their bachelor’s degree.