Wheaton College’s bold and innovative curriculum encourages students to develop a broad foundation of knowledge, consider important issues across disciplines and from many perspectives, practice putting their knowledge to work through experiential learning and internships, explore cultures beyond their own and work to understand how structures of power and inequality operate in a global world.
The Compass curriculum gives students the freedom and flexibility to create their own path to success, with personalized advising and professional mentorship. The curriculum encourages students to connect academics to career interests and builds on Wheaton’s core principles of intellectual curiosity, global citizenship, experiential learning, social justice, diversity and inclusion, and collaborative community.
Compass combines a small number of requirements with many optional pathways, allowing students to create the education that meets their needs.
Connected First-Year Experience
The First-Year Experience course combines the deep discussions, reading and writing of a traditional first-year seminar with cross-disciplinary discovery, encouraging students to consider complex problems and questions through multiple lenses, right from the start.
In their second year, students begin infusing their education with real-world experience and professional connections, through an experiential course, internship, enhanced employment opportunities, service project, study abroad, or leadership opportunity.
All Wheaton students complete at least one major, which ensures an in-depth exploration of their chosen discipline and a capstone experience in that field. (Many students choose more than one major, with specific requirements for each.)
Mentored Academic Pathway (MAP)
Students will meet regularly with their MAP faculty advisor as they craft their educational plan, follow up, reflect and refine that plan. A set of required reflections will help students reflect on their experiences, set their goals and chart their course.
Honors & Scholars
Three signature honors and scholars programs encourage students to challenge themselves and expand their studies in exciting ways.
Liberal Education and Professional Success (LEAPS) programs combine classroom learning, experiential opportunities and alumni and professional mentorship to develop professional skills geared toward specific areas or industries.
With over 50 available minors, students can customize their education and develop their interests in many areas.
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Social Impact Conference to inspire ideas for a better world
Changing the world for the better requires new, compelling ideas and a plan to manifest them. Wheaton students are helping provide those tools—and developing their own actionable ideas—as the key organizers and participants of the second annual Social Impact Conference, scheduled for April 28 to 29 at the Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center.
The winter break afforded many Wheaton students the time to gain hands-on experience in their fields of choice. These experiential learning opportunities were funded through a variety of sources that fulfill The Wheaton Edge promise to support students undertaking internships, research and volunteer work. A few students shared about their winternships.
Accessories of the past
The “Adorned! Jewelry Design from the Ancient Mediterranean to Attleboro” exhibition, funded by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a collaboration between Wheaton faculty, students, the Attleboro Arts Museum and members of the local community.