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Course Bundles- College of Liberal Arts

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts!

We are happy you are here and excited to help you register for your first semester courses.

If you are interested in staying on track to complete your degree in four years, you need to take 15 credits (generally 5 classes) each semester to meet that goal.

To help you start on track and build your fall schedule, we are offering Course Bundles. Course bundles give you the opportunity to enroll in a First Year Seminar or Critical Reading and Writing course, a General Education introductory level CLA course, and an ENGL 101 course. By choosing a bundle, you will be pre registered for the three courses in the bundle you choose and then you'll work with an academic advisor to build your fall schedule.

Benefits of a bundle

  • Start on track with classes for first year students in the College of Liberal Arts
  • Explore a subject area while satisfying graduation requirements
  • Take 3 of your 5 classes in a cohort model- you'll see the same students in those classes to give you a better opportunity to meet other first year students and build a community! 

Bundle Options

Course Bundle  First Year Seminar General Education Requirement

AMST 110G: US Society and Culture Since 1945 

TuTh 11:00AM - 12:15PM & Th 12:30PM - 1:20PM

ANTH 106: Cultural Anthropology (Social and Behavioral Science) 

TuTh 9:30-10:50AM


ECON 110G: Economic Ideas

TuTh 2:00PM - 3:15PM & Tu 1:00PM - 1:50PM

LABOR 210L: Labor and Working Class History in the United States (US Diversity; Social Behavioral Science) 

MoWeFr 11:00-11:50AM


MUSIC 105G: Music of the World

MoWeFr 9:00AM - 9:50AM & Fr 10:00AM - 10:50AM

CINE 101: Introduction to Cinema Studies (Arts) 

MoWe 2:00PM - 3:50PM


SOCIOL 110G: Insiders/Outsiders

TuTh 8:00AM - 9:15AM & Tu 9:30AM - 10:20AM

AFRSTY 101: Introduction to Africana Studies (International Diversity; World Culture)

MoWeFri: 10:00-10:50AM


LABOR 111G: Work and Society

MoWeFr 1:00PM - 1:50PM & We 2:00PM - 2:50PM

RELSTY 110: Religions of Boston (Humanities)

TuTh 12:30-1:45PM


PHIL 130G: Privacy 

MoWeFr 10:00AM - 10:50AM & Mo 11:00AM - 11:50AM

SOCIOL 101: Introduction to Sociology (Social Behavioral Science)

MoWeFr 8:00-8:50am


Experiencing Boston

ENGL 183G: Literature and Society

TuTh 12:30PM - 1:45PM & Th 1:45PM - 2:45PM

This two course bundle consists of a First Year Seminar and English 101. This bundle emphasizes the study of Boston culture, history, and literature, featuring exciting field trips that allow students to explore Boston.  We focus on generating analytical and creative approaches to studying--and experiencing--urban spaces, using (awesome!) Boston as our laboratory.

What is the difference between CLA First! and Course Bundles?

CLA First! is a learning community that provides additional programming and peer mentors Read more about What is the difference between CLA First! and Course Bundles?  »

I'm expecting AP or Dual Enrollment credit, how will this impact my course bundle?

You can choose a course bundle and work with your advisor to make sure your anticipated incoming credits, don't conflict with the course bundle classes

What if I'm expecting to bring in ENGL 101 credit?

Work with your advisor to ensure you receive any credits you anticipate.

I'm in Honors, can I still do a course bundle

You will be taking an HONORS 101 course to fulfill your first year seminar in your spring semester, so you will not need to select the Course Bundle option. However, if you like the idea of taking cohort classes, you can still do Honors and participate in CLA First!

What if I change my mind?

You can work with your advisor to select a different bundle, choose CLA First!, or adjust your schedule

I'm a declared major, do I have to choose the bundle associated with my major?

Not at all! While you are welcome to take a bundle related to your major, we also encourage you to explore other options that sound interesting!

I am interested in Experiencing Boston but also want to do CLA First! Is that possible?

Actually, all students in CLA First! take Experiencing Boston!