2021 Faculty and Alumni Awards

During Alumni Weekend, the College of General Studies honored this year’s faculty and alumni award recipients in a virtual ceremony. Dean Natalie McKnight presented the following awards: The Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes service to the college above and beyond the call of duty was awarded to John Regan The Peyton Richter Award, which honors […]

A Look at Undergraduate Research: Boston’s Last Surviving Salt Marsh

By Meghan Bohannon Several hundred years ago, when colonists ventured into the Boston area, they came across land sprawling with wetlands, mudflats, and salt marshes. Since then, much of the area has been filled in with landfill to build the city we know today. But though the urban landscape of Boston has changed dramatically over […]

Q&A: CGS’s new minor in Interdisciplinary Studies

This spring, the College of General Studies announced its first minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. The program is open to all BU students, whether they’re CGS students who want to expand the problem-solving skills they’ve developed in their freshmen and sophomore years, or undergraduates from any other school at BU looking to build a foundation in […]

Students present undergraduate research projects

The Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning offers undergraduates an opportunity to partner with College of General Studies faculty on research projects. During the Undergraduate Research Forum on Feb. 4, seven students presented their research to Mike Gould, the donor that made that work possible. Gould said to the students, he “wants people to grow and thought this would be an opportunity to challenge yourself.” 

Seeing Possibility and Hope in America’s Past

How do postmodern authors like Thomas Pynchon engage with the American past in literature? It’s a question that Christopher K. Coffman contends with in a new book of literary criticism, Rewriting Early America: The Prenational Past in Postmodern Literature.

From Cinderella to Kafka: The Scholarly Musings of Sidney Fein

The character of Sidney Fein came to Professor of Humanities Robert Wexelblatt after he read a book of French critical theory that left him with “an impression of parasitism and arrogance” on the part of the scholars. He processed his reaction in the form of a satirical essay evaluating the career of a fictional thinker, writer, and teacher: Sidney Fein.

CGS Hosts London Conference on Writing and the Nation

On June 30, 2018, an interdisciplinary group of scholars convened in London for an international conference on “Writing, the State, and the Rise of Neo-Nationalism: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Concerns.”

Using Service Learning to Connect Students to Communities

CGS Lecturer of Humanities Sheila Cordner has been partnering with the Boston University Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to develop resources that will help faculty integrate service learning into their classes—particularly Boston University Hub-approved classes that fulfill the Individual in Community requirement.

Alum Melds Philosophy with Science Fiction in The Measurements of Decay

When K.K. Edin (CGS’13, CAS’16, GRS’16) was a 20 year-old undergraduate at Boston University, he was working through the ideas in Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy. As he wrestled with the political and the social implications of Descartes’ work, Edin began writing the novel that would become The Measurements of Decay.