Ideally, during your first two years, you will complete six courses that provide a ‘foundation’ for further exploration of the liberal arts: First-Year Seminar, Writing, Foreign Language (2 courses), Quantitative Analysis, and Beyond the West.

First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar (FYS) is required of all first-year students who enter in the fall semester, and introduces students to college academics.

If you have not already submitted your FYS preferences, please do so here:  Submitting Your FYS Choices


Wheaton’s Writing Requirement (WR), English 101, introduces students to critical thinking and academic writing at the college level. The sections vary in topic, but all sections require frequent writing assignments and include class discussions of writing techniques and student work. Conferences with the course instructor are regularly scheduled.

As a first-year student, you are expected to complete a section of English 101 during one of your first two semesters.

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Foreign Language

All students must complete two semesters of the same language at the level appropriate to the student’s ability. Wheaton offers language instruction in Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Students may continue in a language they have already studied or begin work in a new language.

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Quantitative Analysis

All students must complete one course that emphasizes quantitative analysis. Courses with the QA designation include courses in mathematics, computer science, and logic, as well as statistical methods courses in various departments.

For more about the Quantitative Analysis requirement

Beyond the West

Recognizing that most students will have had substantial exposure to the perspectives of Western societies (Europe and English-speaking North America), Wheaton expects students to complete at least one course that focuses on non-Western societies.