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Programs

Major and Minor Programs

The College maintains major and minor fields of concentration in both traditional academic departments and interdisciplinary programs.

Departmental majors and minors permit depth of study in particular disciplines, while interdisciplinary programs encourage students to draw connections among distinct bodies of knowledge and areas of inquiry.

A major represents significant course work leading to substantial knowledge and competence in a given field; a minor entails less course work and is designed to produce basic knowledge and competence in a given field.

Students may declare up to two majors and one minor or up to one major and two minors. Students declaring a major and a minor must complete course requirements in both major and minor fields. Students who choose three major/minor areas may not select more than two in the same division. Upon successful completion of a minor, the student will have it recorded on his or her transcript.

The Major

Students may choose a major from among the many departmental fields or from a number of formal interdisciplinary majors designed by the College and supervised by faculty committees.

In all cases, students are expected to declare a major by the end of the sophomore year and to make significant progress toward the completion of that major during the junior year.

Every major will also include the culminating senior studies requirement, ordinarily a senior seminar or a senior thesis. Students declaring a double major must complete course requirements in both major fields.

It is possible for some courses to be counted toward both majors. However, the second major must consist of at least five separate courses, ones that do not double count, and at least three of these five must be at the 300 or 400 level. Majors may be pursued in the following interdisciplinary programs (noted with an asterisk) and departments.

African American Studies *
American Studies *
Area Studies *
Art
Asian Studies *
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology *
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Communication
Computer Science
Data Science*
Economics
Education
English
Environmental Studies 
Finance
French
History
International Relations *
Latin American and Latinx Studies *
Mathematics
Music
Music Education
Neuroscience *
Philosophy
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Religion
Self-Designed Major *
Sociology and Anthropology
Spanish
Theater

The Minor

Students may declare a minor any time before they graduate but are not required to declare a minor for graduation. The minor must consist of at least six courses, including four courses that do not double count in the student’s major or other minor. Minors are offered in the following departments and interdisciplinary programs (noted with an asterisk).

African American Studies *
American Studies *
Area Studies *
Art
Asian Studies *
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Chinese
Cinema Studies *
Classical Studies *
Communication
Computer Science
Data Science*
Digital Media Design*
Economics
Education
Educational Studies *
English
Entrepreneurship and Innovation *
Environmental Studies 
Finance
French
Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies *
History
International Relations *
Islamic World Studies *
Journalism *
Latin American Studies *
Legal Studies *
Mathematics
Medieval and Renaissance Studies *
Museum Studies *
Music
Music Education
Neuroscience *
Philosophy
Physics
Politics
Print and Digital Publishing *
Psychology
Religion
Social Justice *
Sociology and Anthropology
Spanish
Theater
Urban Studies *

Interdisciplinary Studies

The College encourages interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge and supports majors and minors that seek to draw connections among traditional academic disciplines. Many of our majors and minors, listed above, cross disciplines.

Self-Designed Major Program

Some of our strongest students find that no one traditional major fully meets what they want to study. A student interested in psychoneuroimmunology could major in psychology and biology but still might find his needs aren’t entirely met with those two departments alone.

Working with a faculty advisor, students accepted into the Self-Designed Major program can develop their own major, culminating in a thesis or creative project. This major is compatible with the pursuit of a second major as well.

The Self-Designed Major emphasizes self-determination for its students. The responsibility for initiative lies with students, beginning with presentation of their case for admission to the program. Second-semester sophomores or first-semester juniors are invited to apply and submit a detailed presentation of their proposal. The Self-Designed Major program takes place during the junior and senior years. Admission is determined by the Self-Designed Major Program Committee.