The college's Connections program provides an exciting way to explore different areas of academic knowledge and multiple approaches to problems. The concept is simple but powerful and unique to Wheaton: organizing courses around a common theme. For example:
- Darwin, Evolution, Race and Culture links English 235 (Empire, Race, and the Victorians) with Biology 111 (Evolution and Ecology).
- African Worlds links Anthropology 225 (African Cultures in Transition) with English 245 (African Literature) and/or Music 212 (World Music: Africa and the Americas) and/or History 143 (Africans on Africa) and/or Political Science 203 (African Politics).
- Genes in Context links Computer Science 242 (DNA) with Philosophy 111 (Ethics).
All Wheaton students must take either two two-course connections (a total of four courses) or one set of three connected courses. Students are also invited to discover their own possible linked courses and to approach the faculty and propose a Connection. See Student-Initiated Connections.
You will be encouraged to take linked courses in the same or adjoining semesters and to get started early in your career. (Note that if the chosen Connections do not include courses from all three of the traditional academic divisions—arts and humanities, natural sciences and social sciences—students will be expected to take at least one course in the missing division(s). Faculty advisors help students plan accordingly.)
Note: All courses taken for a connection must be taken at Wheaton.