Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Wheaton's Connections Guide

A REFERENCE GUIDE TO UNDERSTAND, REVIEW AND RECORD CONNECTIONS

WHAT ARE THEY?

Wheaton's unique Connections program provides an exciting way to explore different areas of knowledge and different approaches to problems. Wheaton students must take either one 3-course Connection or two 2-course Connections.  Courses are connected across any two of six academic areas: creative arts, humanities, history, math and computer science, natural sciences, and social sciences.

WHERE ARE THEY?

Approved Connections: A list is available from a couple of sites.  The most direct route to view Connections either as a list or with descriptions is from the Quicklinks on the Wheaton homepage, select Connections.

Connections are designated by number and title.

For example: – Modern China: Tradition and Contemporary Politics, represents the Connection that links , Modern China and POLS 223, Contemporary Chinese Politics.

Student-Initiated Connections: Students are also invited to discover their own linked courses, and to approach the faculty and propose a Connection. Students are encouraged to think about possible connections early on, though many will prefer to fulfill this requirement in their sophomore year.

HOW WE TRACK THEM?

Approved Connections: Once you select a Connection that you plan to work on, we urge you to inform the Office of the Registrar.  By reporting your Connection, (you are not obligated to complete it; you may certainly change your mind) your selection will be reflected on your degree audit.  In this way, you and your advisor have the ability to track your progress toward degree completion.

Student-Initiated Connections: Or you may decide to create your own Connection.  If this is your choice, be sure to complete the proposal form in a timely manner.  You must not have completed all of the courses for the Connection at the time of the proposal.  Refer to the academic calendar on the Web for the specific deadline date for proposals each semester.  Seniors may not submit proposals in their final semester.

Both the Connection Declaration and the Student-Initiated Connection form are available in the Office of the Registrar, on our web page and on the Connections web page.

If you have any questions regarding Connections, please contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance.

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