Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

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Boston University
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences.jpg
The College of Arts & Sciences Building
Established 1873
Type Private
Dean Virginia Sapiro
Academic staff 846
Undergraduates 7,118
Postgraduates 1186
Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Campus Urban
Website http://www.bu.edu/cas/


The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) (formerly the College of Liberal Arts (CLA)) is Boston University's largest undergraduate school, offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in 23 different departments and 20 interdisciplinary programs. The programs are divided into four broad categories encompassing over 2,500 courses, including natural science, social science, humanities, and math & computer science. About half of the students at Boston University are enrolled through the College of Arts and Sciences, while almost all students take a few courses through the school during their academic career.

688 Boylston Street - Home of CLA (CAS) from 1907-1947

Boston University's CAS stresses a breadth of knowledge in addition to the deeper studies within a student's major. Because of this, students are required to complete general requirements which can be fulfilled in two ways. Students can choose to fulfill the general requirements through divisional studies or the Core Curriculum. The divisional studies track requires students to take two courses in each of the three divisions of which their major is not a part. Additionally, students must also complete a one year sequence in Boston University's writing program. The Core Curriculum consists of a series of eight courses that cover the general requirements as well as the University writing requirements. Finally, all students must display a proficiency in a foreign language (usually by completing a fourth semester course).

Boston University's CAS provides advising resources to undergraduates in pre-professional tracks, including Pre-Med and Pre-Law.

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Coordinates: 42°20′55″N 71°06′03″W / 42.3485°N 71.1007°W / 42.3485; -71.1007