Here’s an opportunity for you to consider what subjects interest and excite you.  Are there topics or questions that you gravitate towards? Think about you devote your time to, including those outside of class activities like reading, arts, performance, and even outdoor activities.  Take a look at the various groupings of subjects provided below and by selecting a group, review the different majors and recommended first semester courses that you might consider for your first semester schedule at Wheaton.

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You may also want to browse majors, minors as well as find courses and descriptions in the Course Catalog. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

History, Culture and Language
Major Recommendation
African, African American and Diaspora Studies HIST 143, HIST 210, ARTH212
American Studies HIST 120, ENG 101 (or ENG 253 or 255 with credit for ENG101) – any US-focused courses
Anthropology ANTH 102
Ancient Studies CLAS 205, LAT 215, LAT101 or GK101
Classics CLAS 205, LAT 215, LAT101 or GK101
English ENG 101, ENG 201
Film and New Media Studies one of the following: COMP 161, FNMS 231, FNMS 258, SOC 175
French FR language level based on placement – complete placement testing
German GER language level based on placement – complete placement testing, enroll in any English-taught German culture course
Greek GK 101, CLAS 205
Hispanic Studies HISP language level based on placement – complete placement testing
History HIST113, HIST143
History of Art ARTH 100-level course offering
Italian Studies ITAS language level based on placement – complete placement testing
Latin LAT 101 or 215 (level based on placement), CLAS 205
Philosophy PHIL 101, 111, or 121
Religion REL 102, 108 or other 100-level course
Russian Studies RUSS 110 or 210 and/or any RUSS culture course in English
Sociology SOC 101, any 100 or 200-level SOC course of interest
Women’s and Gender Studies WGS 101 or 102, any 200-level crosslisted with WGS

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Fine and Performing Arts, Literature and Music
Major Recommendation
Creative Writing ENG 101 
Dance THEA 140, THEA 110
English ENG 101, ENG 201
French FR language level based on placement – complete placement testing
German GER language level based on placement – complete placement testing, enroll in any English-taught German culture course
Hispanic Studies HISP language level based on placement – complete placement testing
History of Art ARTH 100-level course offering
Italian Studies ITAS language level based on placement – complete placement testing
Music MUSC 113 or 114 (level based on placement), please see recommendations here.
Russian Studies RUSS 110 or 210 and/or any RUSS culture course in English
Theatre & Dance THEA 101, 103, 110, 140, 205 or 250
Visual Art ART 111, 112, or 116; ARTH 111 or 211

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Natural Sciences
Major Recommendation
Biochemistry CHEM 153 and either BIO 112 or MATH 101
Bioinformatics COMP 115 and CHEM 153
Biology BIO 111 or 112, and CHEM 153 (depending in readiness)
Chemistry CHEM 153
Computer Science COMP 115, MATH 101 or MATH 151
Environmental Science BIO 111 or 112, and CHEM 153 (depending in readiness)
Neuroscience BIO 111 or 112, and CHEM 153 (depending in readiness)
Physics PHYS 180; MATH 101 or other appropriate MATH course
Public Health ANTH 102 or 265, PSY 101 or SOC 101, and/or BIO 111 or 112
For Health Professions Recommendation – NOTE: Pre-Health and Pre-Med are not majors, but academic tracks for students pursuing this career path.
Pre-Health, Pre-Med CHEM 153, BIO 111 or 112 (depending in readiness for 2 lab science courses), please see recommendations here.

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Mathematics and Computing
Major Recommendation
Bioinformatics COMP 115 and CHEM 153
Computer Science COMP 115, MATH 101 or MATH 151
Engineering PHYS 180; MATH 101 or other appropriate MATH course, follow Physics and consult department faculty
Mathematics  MATH 101, 104, 221
Mathematics/Economics ECON 101 or 102; MATH 101, MATH 141 or 151
Physics PHYS 180; MATH 101 or other appropriate MATH course

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Society and Organizations
Major Recommendation
Anthropology ANTH 102
Business and Management ECON 101 or ECON 102/ECON 112; MGMT 111 
Economics ECON 101 or 102; MATH 101 or other appropriate MATH course
History HIST113, HIST143
International Relations POLS 109, ECON 101 or 102, Language – based on placement level
Philosophy PHIL 101, 111, or 121
Political Science POLS 101, 109 or 151
Psychology PSY 101 (or 200-level PSY courses with credit for PSY 101)
Public Health ANTH 102 or 265, PSY 101 or SOC 101, and/or BIO 111 or 112
Religion REL 102, 108 or other 100-level course
Sociology SOC 101, any 100 or 200-level SOC course of interest
Women’s and Gender Studies WGS 101 or 102, any 200-level crosslisted with WGS

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Education – Attend Informational Meeting in Fall semester.
Major Recommendation
Education Major (Early Childhood) EDUC 240 or 250; explore second major (see above for options); also consider: PSY 203, POLS 101, US History or World History
Education Major (Elementary) EDUC 240 or 250; explore second major (see above for options); also consider: PSY 203, POLS 101, US History or World History
Education Major (Secondary) EDUC 240 or 250, second major options in Biology, Chemistry, English, French, History, Mathematics, Spanish (see above for course options).

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