It is your responsibility to know and follow all curricular requirements for earning the Wheaton Bachelor of Arts degree. These requirements are outlined in the Course Catalog and include the Foundations Curriculum, Connections and Major Program.

While your advisor will seek to guide you through the various parts and requirements of the Wheaton curriculum, he or she is not responsible for you fulfilling them. You should review curriculum requirements in the Catalog on a regular basis to determine your progress. Use your CAPP (Curriculum Advising and Program Planning) degree audit and transcript to track your progress.

Requirements as stated in Faculty Legislation and approved December 7, 2001:

For the Class of 2007 and all subsequent classes the General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree are stated in the sections headed in red below. Unless otherwise specified, the same course may be used to fulfill more than one requirements.


Each student shall complete courses that fulfill the following Foundation requirements:

  1. First-Year Seminar
    The First-Year Seminar teaches college-level skills in speaking and writing, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and creative arts and fosters effective interactions between students and advisors.
  2. First-Year Writing
    English 101, which may not fulfill any other requirements.
  3. Quantitative Analysis
    A course in quantitative analysis that will promote understanding of numbers, symbols, and geometric representations.
  4. Foreign Language
    Two courses in the same language at the level appropriate for each student.  Click here for procedures for requesting a course substitution to fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement.
  5. Beyond the West
    One course that engages the cultures of or issues pertaining to a country, people or region historically excluded from the mainstream experience of Western Europe, the United States and Canada, or neglected by Western scholarship.


Each student shall take at least one 3-course Connection or two 2-course Connections that include courses from at least two of the following areas:

  • Creative Arts
  • Humanities
  • History
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Math and Computer Science

Connections may be created through faculty collaboration or student initiative. All Connections must be approved by the Educational Policy Committee.

An up-to-date list of Connections is available in the on-line Course Catalog.

If a student’s Connections do not include at least one course in the Arts and Humanities, one course in the Social Sciences, and one course in the Natural Sciences, the student shall take additional courses…in each of these three divisions.

It is the responsibility of academic departments to offer courses that meet the remaining requirements.


Courses will be transformed across the curriculum to ensure that the education of Wheaton students emphasizes the study of race/ethnicity and its intersections with gender, class, sexuality, religion, and technology in the United States and globally.

To meet this goal, faculty members shall, whenever possible, transform their courses through initiatives, including those supported by the Office of the Provost.


All departments and programs shall provide appropriate instruction in writing. Programs of writing instruction shall be periodically reviewed by the Writing Subcommittee of the Committee on Educational Policy and the Director of College Writing.

Capstone Experience

All majors shall include some sort of required capstone experience (a senior seminar or thesis, a collaborative research project).

Experiential Learning

The Wheaton curriculum reaffirms the College’s commitment that the education of its students feature out-of-class learning; these may include intercultural experiences, student/faculty research collaboration, community service, internships, campus leadership positions, extracurricular activities, and employment.

This curriculum was approved by the Wheaton faculty in December 2001.