The college’s Connections program provides an exciting way to explore different areas of academic knowledge and multiple approaches to problems. The concept is simple but powerful and unique to Wheaton College: organizing courses around a common theme. For example:
- African Worlds links Anthropology 225 (African Cultures in Transition) with English 245 (African Literature) and/or Music 212 (World Music: Africa and the Americas) and/or History 143 (Africans on Africa) and/or Political Science 203 (African Politics).
- Genes in Context links Computer Science 242 (DNA) with Philosophy 111 (Ethics).
All Wheaton students must take either two two-course connections (a total of four courses) or one set of three connected courses. Students are also invited to discover their own possible linked courses and to approach the faculty and propose a Connection.
You will be encouraged to take linked courses in the same or adjoining semesters and to get started early in your career. (Note that if the chosen Connections do not include courses from all three of the traditional academic divisions—arts and humanities, natural sciences and social sciences—students will be expected to take at least one course in the missing division(s). Faculty advisors help students plan accordingly.)
Student can submit their Connection Declarations through an online form located on their insideWheaton Student tab.
- Log in to insideWheaton
- Click on the Students tab
- Select the Connection Listing link to reference connections and courses
- Select the Declaration Form to submit your Connection.
Note: All courses taken for a connection must be taken at Wheaton College.
For a complete list of approved Connections, please visit our Course Catalog.
As a result of their connected courses, students will be able to:
- Understand how different academic disciplines analyze topics and solve problems
- Apply methods or concepts from more than one discipline when analyzing topics or solving problems
- Communicate using more than one different disciplinary perspective
- Identify other disciplinary connections both in and outside the classroom