Announcements

Call for Teaching Fellows for HUB SJ 101 for AY 2024-25

Teaching Fellows are needed for HUB SJ 101: Social & Racial Justice: Systems and Structures, for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025. HUB SJ 101 is a 4-credit elective course for first-year undergraduates housed in the BU Hub. The course provides students with foundational knowledge concerning the historical and systemic bases of social and racial inequities and the efforts to build a more just world. Using a module-based approach, consisting of four or five multi-week units, the course engages students in critically assessing inequities and efforts towards justice in social systems such as education, environment/sustainability, health, housing, and entertainment. The course also fulfills Hub requirements in Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, and Critical Thinking. The teaching team for the course will include one BU faculty members and two Teaching Fellows.

For more details and information on how to apply, please see the Teaching Fellow Call. The initial deadline for applications is February 5, 2024.

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Appointment of Lynn O’Brien Hallstein as the next Assistant Provost for General Education

We are delighted to welcome Professor Lynn O’Brien Hallstein as the new assistant provost for general education, effective July 1, 2023. Dr. O'Brien Hallstein is the associate dean for faculty research and development, the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, and a professor of rhetoric in the College of General Studies. She brings with her a deep knowledge of the undergraduate experience at BU and the needs of an expansive general education program, informed in particular by four years as a member of the BU Hub Council and by her time as chair for the Cross-College Challenge Steering Committee. We are excited to welcome Dr. O'Brien Hallstein to the Hub team and look forward to working with her to identify and cultivate opportunities for future growth and improvement of the BU Hub. Please join us in congratulating Dr. O'Brien Hallstein as she takes on her new role.

Updates to Hub Learning Outcomes

Based on recommendations from the 2022 faculty Hub Assessment Workshop, the faculty of the BU Hub Council made changes to learning outcomes of nine Hub areas to increase clarity and flexibility. These changes include an important update to the Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Global Citizenship capacity: each area within this capacity has a new optional learning outcome focused on social and racial justice. You can view the updated and new learning outcomes in the "What is the Hub?" pages of the Hub website.

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BU Hub Courses to Become Eligible for Pass/Fail Credit

Beginning in the fall 2023 semester, BU Hub courses will be removed from the list of exclusions under the University’s Policy on Pass/Fail Courses for Undergraduate Students.

This change means that if a student elects to take a class Pass/Fail (P*/F*) and they receive a passing grade (P), they will still fulfill the Hub requirements associated with the class. The change aligns with the spirit of the Hub, which is designed to encourage exploration.

While the new policy will be effective fall 2023, it will be retroactive for continuing students. This means that if you have elected to take a class Pass/Fail this semester or during a past semester and you are returning as an undergraduate in fall 2023, you will fulfill the Hub requirements that were associated with the class at the time. Students may not elect to retroactively change a graded course to be P*/F*.

The deadline to elect to take a class P*/F* for this spring 2023 semester has been extended to Friday, April 7. We encourage you to contact your academic advisor should you have any questions about this change in policy.

We hope this announcement comes as welcome news and that the change in policy encourages students to explore areas of study beyond the familiar.

Earn RIL with your Honor’s Thesis

Are you taking an honors thesis or other directed-study project with a faculty mentor?

o   Do you still need to fulfill a requirement in the BU Hub area Research and Information Literacy (RIL)?

o   If you answered yes to both questions, sign up for HUB RL 401!

For more information, including process and deadlines, check out the Earning RIL with Honor’s Thesis page.

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New Hub Cocurricular on Student Wellbeing Available This Summer!

Beginning summer 2023, the BU Hub will offer a new Hub cocurricular experience: HUB CC 107: Thriving Together: Student Wellbeing at BU.  Developed by BU Student Wellbeing, this Hub cocurricular invites students to explore what wellbeing looks like in their own lives through seven dimensions: physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, financial, environmental, and social.  Students will explore wellbeing ideas and concepts through teamwork activities that culminate in a proposal for a wellbeing project that aligns with the mission of BU Student Wellbeing. The final projects will be considered for funding. HUB CC 107 fulfills 1 Hub requirement in Teamwork/Collaboration.

This summer, HUB CC 107 will be offered in Summer Term 2 (July 5-August 15) and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:15 pm. Summer course registration starts on February 16, 2023, on MyBU Student Portal. Register today!

Hub Pathways New

New Hub Courses on Social & Racial Justice Available to First-Year and Sophomore Students!

Two new Hub courses on social and racial justice, HUB SJ 101/102, are available to first-year and sophomore students! Following are additional details on the course content and structure:

HUB SJ 101: Social & Racial Justice: Systems and Structures

  • 4-credit course
  • Explores the historical/systemic bases of social and racial inequity
  • Fulfills Hub requirements in Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, and Critical Thinking
  • No prerequisite
  • Next offered in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024

HUB SJ 102: Social & Racial Justice: Advocacy and Action

  • 4-credit course
  • Focuses on how to engage in advocacy and action
  • Fulfills Hub requirements in Social Inquiry I, The Individual in Community, and Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Prerequisite: HUB SJ 101
  • Next offered in Spring 2024

Note: space is limited.  Register on the MyBU Student Portal!

Hub and Your Career

Learn More About How the Hub Can Support Your Career Goals!

Did you know that the BU Hub, in providing students with breadth of learning, essential skills, and distinctive learning experiences, is designed to prepare you for your future professional life? Recent studies have shown that only one fourth to one third of college graduates in the U.S. end up working in careers directly related to their majors—which makes what you learn in the BU Hub highly relevant and valuable for your future when you consider work opportunities that may or may not be related to your field of study.

Employers today are increasingly focused less on prospective employees’ field of study and more on their “career readiness,” which involves developing and demonstrating competencies in areas such as communication, critical thinking, equity and inclusion, teamwork, and technology—areas of learning that the Hub also emphasizes for students. The knowledge, skills, and experiences you have gained through the BU Hub and throughout your BU experience may therefore be even more important to your career development in years to come.

For more information about how to draw upon your Hub experience as you prepare for professional life, check out The Hub and Your Career on the BU Hub website!

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Explore courses in the BU Hub Pathway: Social & Racial Justice

Take a course in the BU Hub Pathway: Social & Racial Justice and complete Hub requirements while exploring the historical grounding of racism, various forms of social and racial inequality, themes of intercultural understanding, or contemporary activism aimed at making the world more equitable and inclusive. You can take a course in such topics as human diversity, identity, race and antiracism, systemic inequality, class, gender, sexuality, intersectionality, power, and social equity and inclusion.

Hub Pathways are fully elective, and you can choose to take as many courses within a particular Hub Pathway as you wish. Hub Pathway coursework is not tracked on your record and does not come with an additional credential, but gives you an opportunity to explore courses across the University with a focus on a particular interdisciplinary topic of global significance.

Explore the Hub Pathway in Social & Racial Justice and it’s curated list of Hub courses today.”

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Explore courses in the BU Hub Pathway: Environment & Society

Take a course in the BU Hub Pathway: Environment & Society and complete Hub requirements while learning more about the challenge of ensuring a sustainable world. You can take a course in such topics as human-environment interactions, the relationship between climate change and society, environmental policy, sustainable energy and development, earth and environmental sciences, environmental humanities, and more.

Hub Pathways are fully elective, and you can choose to take as many courses within a particular Hub Pathway as you wish. Hub Pathway coursework is not tracked on your record and does not come with an additional credential, but gives you an opportunity to explore courses across the University with a focus on a particular interdisciplinary topic of global significance.

Explore the Hub Pathway in Environment & Society and it’s curated list of Hub courses today.