Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Academic Planning Guide



Wheaton's unique Connections program provides an exciting way to explore different areas of knowledge and diverse approaches to problems. The concept is simple but powerful: organizing courses around a common theme. In this way, students explore the connections among the disciplines.

All Wheaton students must take either two sets of two-course connections (four courses) or one three-course connection (three courses). Two-course connections must be linked across at least two of six academic areas, and three-course connections across three. The areas are:

  • creative arts
  • humanities
  • history
  • math and computer science
  • natural sciences
  • social sciences

"The Darwin Connection: Evolution, Race and Culture" is an example of a two-course Connection:

Eng 235: Empire, Race and the Victorians (humanities)

Bio 111: Evolution and Ecology (natural sciences)

“Revolution!” is an example of a three-course Connection:

THEA 215 Theatre and Social Change (creative arts)

HIST 337 Power and Protest in the United States (history)


One of the following courses:

SOC 200 Social Movements (social sciences)
SOC 230 Race and Ethnicity (social sciences)

In this example, Theatre 215 and History 337 are the common courses. The student selects the third course from Sociology 200 or 230. Note, however, that only one Sociology course will count in this Connection.

For a complete list of approved Connections, please visit:


Student-Initiated Connections

Students are also invited to propose their own Connections. For more information on Student-Initiated Connections, please visit:


The Connections requirement must be completed in residence at Wheaton.

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