Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Academic Planning Guide


The Major

Like all Wheaton College students, you must complete an approved major, a sequence of courses in a single discipline or academic area. This sequence is designed to permit you to develop mastery in your chosen discipline or area.You must declare your major by the end of the second semester of your sophomore year.

At the moment you may not know what your major will be, or you may change your mind as you explore the Wheaton College curriculum. That is to be expected. You can and should use your first year to explore potential majors. In fact, even if you feel ready to declare a major during your first semester at Wheaton, you may not do so, officially, until your second semester. Students must declare a major concentration by the end of the second semester of the sophomore year and may do so during the first semester of the sophomore year.

The major may be fulfilled in a variety of ways at Wheaton College. Most students elect a traditional major by the end of the sophomore year from among more than 40 approved choices. Wheaton also offers a number of approved interdisciplinary majors, such as international relations, neuroscience, women's and gender studies, American studies, mathematics and economics, and religion and philosophy.

The list of majors and minors at Wheaton College, including faculty and courses for each field, can be found here: http://wheatoncollege.edu/academics/majors-minors/

As you plan for the fall semester, bear in mind that some majors benefit from an early start. If you have a potential major in mind, check here for course recommendations by major.

If you wish to learn more about the requirements for a specific major or minor, each academic department and interdisciplinary program provides a worksheet. Go directly to the website(s) of an academic department (e.g. Astronomy, History, etc.) or to the interdisciplinary program website (e.g. neuroscience) to find the worksheet.

Many Wheaton students pursue careers in medical, dental or other health-related fields. Wheaton College does not offer a "pre-med" or "pre-health" major, but the Wheaton curriculum does prepare students for those fields. Check here for course recommendations for students interested in pre-med/pre-health careers.

Before formally declaring a major, students must meet with a major advisor in the appropriate academic department or program to discuss their plans and to outline their major programs. Beginning with the class of 2018, in the case where a student is pursuing more than one major, at least seven courses must be unique to each major. At least half of the minimum number of courses required for a major program must be taken at Wheaton College.

A student who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement may propose an independent major, which is normally designed in collaboration with an advising committee comprised of faculty advisors from two or more academic departments.

Independent majors require the approval of the Provost, and must be declared by the end of the sophomore year. Interested students begin the process by meeting with Dean Steven Viveiros in the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services.

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