Wheaton College

Introduction

What's so special about Wheaton College? Glad you asked.

Ideally located in Norton, Massachusetts, between Boston and Providence, R.I, our residential campus is one of the most beautiful in New England. Prospective students and visitors often say our campus has a very relaxed feel. It's no wonder—we're a friendly community. With a 11:1 student-faculty ratio, students know their professors as teachers, advisors and often as friends. The campus is always buzzing with energy. Throughout the year, fun activities, celebrations and academic events keep people busy and connected. Wheaton offers a personalized academic experience leading to a bachelor of arts degree, with 47 majors and 59 minors. All students take connected courses which encourage interdisciplinary work. Our students have a reputation for academic excellence. Since 2000, Wheaton students have won 201 prestigious scholarship awards, including 3 Rhodes Scholarships. Our approach to education is inclusive and diversified, emphasizing a truly multicultural community. Wheaton's reputation is directly connected to our pioneering history and dedicated leadership.

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) ranks Wheaton's athletic program among the top 20 percent in the country. The NCAA Division III athletics, intramural and club sports, and recreation programs are a vital contributor to campus life and Wheaton's excellence. Over the past few years, Wheaton has made a commitment to focus on sustainability issues, on and off campus. A new apple orchard will leave a sustainable legacy for many years to come.

Wheaton College is committed to principles of equal opportunity in admission of students, its educational programs and employment.

History and Mission

Wheaton was founded in 1834 as a female seminary and chartered as a four-year liberal arts college in 1912. The college became coeducational in 1988, and its Phi Beta Kappa chapter was established in 1932. On July 15, 2014, Dennis M. Hanno became Wheaton’s eighth president.

Throughout history, our reputation for academic excellence is a direct result of pioneering leadership. Today, we share with past generations the rich academic tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. At the same time, we benefit from a host of curricular initiatives begun during the past two decades—new programs that help us explore ideas and concepts across academic disciplines, link academic study with learning outside the classroom, appreciate diversity in all its forms, and see ourselves as active members of a global community.

Official Mission Statement: Wheaton College provides a transformative liberal arts education for intellectually curious students in a collaborative, academically vibrant residential community that values a diverse world.

Leadership

At Wheaton, we focus all our energies on doing one thing incredibly well: creating opportunities for our students to learn, lead and achieve. Our distinctive liberal arts education combines rigorous academic study with real-world experience. Nearly every student (96 percent) will complete at least one internship or other experiential learning project before they graduate.

The college’s strength begins with the faculty: renowned researchers, scholars and artists as well as dedicated teachers and mentors. Their commitment to teaching shows in the way professors work closely with students beyond the classroom, on projects that put theory into action.

The value of what we do is reflected in our well-earned reputation for student achievement. Since 2000, more than 180 Wheaton students have won prestigious international scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright awards. For eight consecutive years, the college has ranked among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the nation in preparing Fulbright Scholars.

Our residential campus buzzes with activity, too. We host visiting artists, musicians, writers, scholars and public intellectuals each semester, in addition to events featuring our students and faculty. In addition, we field 21 NCAA athletic teams, host more than 100 student-run clubs and offer a full intramural sports program.

In short, Wheaton is a very dynamic and friendly place. My door is always open to you. Please visit often!

Best,

Dennis Hanno

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Bachelor in Biology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Norton

The interests of the biology faculty span a wide range of sub disciplines within the field including biochemistry, biomechanics, botany, conservation biology, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, invertebrate zoology, marine biology, molecular biology, ornithology, parasitology, physiology, and symbiosis. [+]

Students interested in the biological sciences major in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomechanics, Bioinformatics, Environmental Science or Neuroscience. The interests of the biology faculty span a wide range of sub disciplines within the field including biochemistry, biomechanics, botany, conservation biology, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, invertebrate zoology, marine biology, molecular biology, ornithology, parasitology, physiology, and symbiosis. Learning Goals and Outcomes for the Biology Major The Biology department prides itself on involving undergraduates in scientific research either through investigative laboratory activities, independent research projects as part of 200 or 300-level courses, independent research in a faculty member's research laboratory, or senior honors thesis projects. Biology majors learn and practice hypothesis development, experimental design, and data presentation and analysis. They also learn to use the primary literature to place research and results into context. After Wheaton many graduates enroll in Masters or Ph.D. programs or go to medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary school. Graduates pursue careers in such fields as biotechnology, conservation biology, environmental education, and medicine. Research In the Biology department at Wheaton, students at all levels are encouraged to get involved in active research. Students have opportunities to work closely with faculty experts for academic credit in diverse fields of biology from environmental to organismal to cellular and molecular levels. With their faculty mentors, students make discoveries in areas of interest to them and have opportunities to present their work at regional, national, and international meetings. In addition, Wheaton holds its own Academic Festival annually to highlight and celebrate student research. Student-faculty research continues year-round supported by a variety of Wheaton sources including Wheaton Foundation Awards as well as Mars Fellowships for Student-Faculty Research Collaboration which support student-faculty research projects over the summer. Interested students should contact faculty directly about research opportunities in their laboratories. Work-study positions are also available in many labs. [-]

Bachelor in Business

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Norton

Our programs in business and management are an invitation to re-think business, management and education. We offer a major and a minor that ask you to go beyond the basics of finance, accounting and marketing with the breadth and depth of the liberal arts. In Wheaton's Business and Management Program, you will learn business and also actually apply what you learn. [+]

This is not business as usual. Our programs in business and management are an invitation to re-think business, management and education. We offer a major and a minor that ask you to go beyond the basics of finance, accounting and marketing with the breadth and depth of the liberal arts. In Wheaton's Business and Management Program, you will learn business and also actually apply what you learn. Through our concentrations, you will focus your studies in an area of interest. Explore international business. Consider corporate social responsibility. Examine the integration of business practices into non-profit organizations. Balance the demands of today’s marketplace with the need for a sustainable future. Tap into the emerging fields of data analysis and new media communications. And to put it all together, you will also apply classroom learning to the workplace through real consulting projects with for-profit and non-profit organizations, and internships. An approved Internship experience is a requirement of every Business and Management Major - though many students undertake multiple internships while in college. Career Services at the Filene Center can help you connect with internships and job opportunities. Major The business and management major includes ten core courses plus a three-course concentration and pre-approved internship to provide students with an understanding of the field’s main areas as well as the skills to apply academic knowledge in real-world settings. The core courses span the range of introducing the fundamentals of management; developing a knowledge base in areas such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, marketing, statistics, and accounting; enhancing understanding of organizational behavior; and applying principles of ethics. An internship in an organization will enhance the student’s classroom work and be incorporated into the capstone seminar, which allows the student to integrate learning from throughout the major. Each student will choose a concentration of three additional courses that, in the tradition of the liberal arts, will encourage students to explore the connections between business management and the larger questions raised by cultural, economic, historical, political, and social contexts. The three-course concentrations offer business majors an area of emphasis. The concentrations are broad and flexible enough to allow students to develop their own perspective on the world of organizations. [-]

Bachelor in Computer Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Norton

We love to create, build, make. Software yes, but also think embedded devices, 3D printers, laser cutter, and your next creation. [New equipment to come includes a CnC mill and programmable loom] Add students, staff, and faculty and you get a picture of our learning community. [+]

... moving from an intellectually curious student to a creator and maker We love to create, build, make. Software yes, but also think embedded devices, 3D printers, laser cutter, and your next creation. [New equipment to come includes a CnC mill and programmable loom] Add students, staff, and faculty and you get a picture of our learning community. Take computer science major Zevi Rubin '16. Zevi is busy designing and printing parts for small drones and taking wild footage using some of his larger drones. This is part of the new maker movement. Come join us. Major requirements The major in computer science consists of a minimum of 12 courses: seven core computer science courses, plus two mathematics courses, a senior seminar and two electives at or above the 200 level. For those students who place out of the introductory course(s), the additional course(s) needed to meet the minimum requirement will be determined in consultation with the department. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. To major in computer science, the department strongly recommends that students achieve at least a C+ average in the first two computer science courses and that the first two math courses be completed by the second year. [-]

Bachelor in Economics

Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA Norton

Economics provides a framework for answering questions which center on issues of production, and distribution. It provides a way for us to understand the implications of many important events reported daily by the news media. [+]

Economics provides a framework for answering questions which center on issues of production, and distribution. It provides a way for us to understand the implications of many important events reported daily by the news media. In studying economics you will hone your writing and speaking skills; gain experience in problem solving; and learn how to sort through and analyze the welter of confusing data that the complex global economy generates. You will use some of the latest computer technology not only to gather but also to analyze information. You will have the opportunity to study how global economic forces affect your lives and your career options, and how these forces interact with social structures and cultural norms to affect men and women differently. You will gain a valuable perspective to help you learn from your job and internship experiences. The skills you develop studying economics will prepare you for many different careers from the business world, to government, to finance, to the not-for-profit sector. Studying economics in a liberal arts setting gives you the flexibility necessary to be successful in the uncertain and fast-paced world of tomorrow. It will prepare you to become an active and critical member of society who can contribute to our nation's well-being. The faculty of the Economics Department look forward to working with you to understand some of today's most challenging and important issues. Should you study Economics? Certainly, if you are interested in questions like these: What determines the rate of unemployment, rate of inflation, or rate of growth in a nation's income? Why do women receive roughly two-thirds of men's wages? Can anyone consistently beat the stock market? Does government regulation help or harm the economy? Why are some nations, and individuals, rich while others are so poor? Major requirements The economics major consists of at least 11 semester courses. These include ECON 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics, ECON 102 Introduction to Microeconomics or ECON 112 Microeconomics with BioPharma Applications, MATH 101 Calculus I or another math course subject to departmental approval, MATH 141 Introductory Statistics or MATH 151 Accelerated Statistics, ECON 201 Macroeconomic Theory, ECON 202 Microeconomic Theory and five other economics courses, at least two of which must be at the 300 level and one at the 400 level. Economics courses used to fulfill major requirements may not be taken pass/fail either at Wheaton or elsewhere. An overall average of C in all courses is necessary for completion of the major. Students have developed double majors and interdepartmental majors in art, development studies, English, history, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, Russian studies, sociology and Hispanic studies. Students with particular interests can design an interdepartmental major with the approval of the departments involved, the dean of academic advising and the provost. Independent study and honors work are encouraged. Majors who are considering graduate work in economics are strongly encouraged to take an extensive number of mathematics courses. See the department chair to determine the most appropriate choices. Learning Outcomes To acquire knowledge of economic concepts, institutions, theories and methods and to demonstrate competency in using this information to analyze economic events and to evaluate economic policies. To learn to locate and retrieve economic data and information and to critically interpret this information. To develop and demonstrate economic literacy through discussion and creative synthesis of economics literature, including economic writing that applies and integrates data, uses quantitative tools, employs theoretical models, and develops policy prescriptions. To refine and demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills, including logical reasoning and the abilities to apply and interpret quantitative, qualitative, and graphical information in a problem-solving context. To develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively in writing and orally about economic issues, including learning to formulate and present well-organized economic arguments supported by evidence. To develop economics research skills. To gain understanding of economies in a global context. To acquire knowledge of heterodox approaches to economics and to engage in the study of economics in an interdisciplinary context. To develop the capacities and habits of life-long learning that will equip students with the flexibility necessary to be successful in the uncertain and fast-paced world of tomorrow as well as to engage actively and critically with the changing economic issues of society. [-]

Bachelor in English Literature

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Norton

The English Department offers two bachelor's degree programs: an A. B. program in English and another in Creative Writing and Literature. [+]

The English Department offers two bachelor's degree programs: an A. B. program in English and another in Creative Writing and Literature. The English major appeals to students interested to study literature, culture, criticism, and theory, while the Creative Writing and Literature major attracts students who enjoy reading and analyzing literature and, importantly, writing original works of fiction, poetry, and playwriting. All members of the department teach First Year Writing. In addition, the Director of College Writing, as well as the coordinators of the Film and New Media Studies interdepartmental major are members of the department who offer courses in film, new media, and professional writing. Small class sizes foster an interactive learning environment in the English Department, which encourages students to share their ideas and insights with each other. A variety of instructional methods allows the faculty to address multiple learning styles, and students in the department frequently form long-lasting professional relationships with faculty members. These relationships often result in collaborative research, independent projects, and other avenues for students to gain experience and build relationships beyond the classroom. Majors At Wheaton, you have many ways to major in English. Course offerings in composition/rhetoric, literature, theory, film studies, and creative writing work in concert to help you deepen and expand your intellectual and imaginative pursuits. The Creative Writing and Literature major includes a wide selection of courses in poetry writing, fiction writing, playwriting, creative nonfiction, literature, and performance. Students may undertake advanced work in one genre or multiple genres. Student Opportunities Students in the department have ample opportunities to pursue their interests outside of the classroom. Wheaton’s literary magazine, Rushlight, edited by students in the English Department, publishes undergraduate prose, poetry, and art. Likewise, students in the department often write for The Wire, Wheaton’s weekly newspaper. Our students also have the opportunity to gain experience in both teaching and research. Students with strong writing skills can be selected to work as peer writing tutors, and, students wishing to deepen their understanding of a discipline can work alongside English Department professors as research assistants through the Wheaton Research Partners program. [-]

Bachelor in Film and New Media Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Norton

FNMS introduces students to the theoretical, historical, aesthetic, global and technological dimensions of cinema and digital media. Such media inform not only how we understand and value representation, but how we understand and value the ideas, peoples, places and cultures that we see represented. [+]

Wheaton is excited to announce its new interdisciplinary program in Film & New Media Studies. FNMS introduces students to the theoretical, historical, aesthetic, global and technological dimensions of cinema and digital media. Such media inform not only how we understand and value representation, but how we understand and value the ideas, peoples, places and cultures that we see represented. As information and communication technologies and media comprise an ever more prominent aspect of daily life, their social, psychological, cultural, political, economic and environmental impact becomes increasingly consequential. So too does the need to identify, study and responsibly contribute to that impact. The Film and New Media Studies major is designed to be at once intellectually cohesive yet highly flexible. Multiple pathways through the major ensure that in addition to developing competencies in core areas, students can, in consultation with their academic advisor, plan a program of study that will help them identify and achieve their goals both while at Wheaton and in their post-graduation pursuits. Designed in the liberal arts tradition and for the 21st century, Wheaton’s Film & New Media Studies program emphasizes... Developing skills, knowledge and literacies that will help achieve academic 
and professional success; Understanding the past, participating in the present and preparing for the future; Critical thinking, computational thinking and creative innovation; The integration of curricular and co-curricular learning experiences; Project- and participation-based learning; Thoughtful engagement with a diverse range of views, cultures, traditions and people; Opportunities to study abroad and to participate in summer internship. Major requirements The major consists of 11 courses, a senior seminar, 4 core courses and at least 2 eligible 300-level courses1. There are multiple pathways through the Film and New Media Studies major. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Film and New Media Studies advisor to plan out the most suitable program of study for them based on individual interests and learning goals. [-]

Bachelor in International Relations

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Norton

The International Relations major combines courses from several different departments and challenges students to develop a broad understanding of international issues from economic, political, and historical perspectives. [+]

The International Relations major combines courses from several different departments and challenges students to develop a broad understanding of international issues from economic, political, and historical perspectives. Increasing globalization requires that individuals develop an awareness and appreciation of the transnational and international links among countries, economies, and peoples. The major in international relations provides the basic analytical and communication tools and the concepts necessary to facilitate these objectives. Students completing the major in international relations will be ready to attend graduate school in international relations or related fields, and to begin careers in many different areas. Major requirements The major in international relations consists of 10 courses, plus competency at the intermediate level in a modern foreign language. The major includes five core courses, at least four courses in one geographical area concentration and at least one applied topics course. Each major’s program should be carefully constructed with the coordinator. Students who plan to do graduate work in international relations should develop substantial proficiency in a foreign language. Students are also encouraged to develop the research and analytical skills appropriate for the major by taking either a research methods course in political science or history or an analysis course in economics. Students should take MATH 141 for their quantitative analysis requirement. Learning Outcomes Graduates with a major in International Relations will: Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the basic theories and debates in the discipline, including those related to some of the following: sovereignty; cooperation and conflict among states and non-state actors in the international system; emerging norms and values that shape the behavior of states, groups and individuals; political economy issues; international law and human rights; and foreign and security policy. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and culture, governing structures, issues, and transnational relations of a particular region of the world beyond the United States. Demonstrate an ability to understand global issues and evaluate policy proposals related to them. Demonstrate the ability to identify the arguments in research articles and books, understand research methodologies, evaluate evidence, and assess whether stated conclusions are based on evidence or ideology. Demonstrate the ability to write clearly and cogently, with sound organization, grammar and syntax; to make an argument and support it with evidence; to synthesize material clearly and briefly and write persuasively when called upon to do so. Demonstrate the ability to speak clearly in face to face communication in small or large groups through active participation in classroom discussions, presentations, debates, and/or simulations. [-]

Bachelor in Neuroscience

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Norton

Neuroscience, the study of the nervous system, advances the understanding of the biological basis of thought, emotion, and behavior. [+]

To understand the brain is to understand behavior. Neuroscience, the study of the nervous system, advances the understanding of the biological basis of thought, emotion, and behavior. Neuroscience includes the study of brain development, sensation and perception, learning and memory, movement, sleep, stress, aging, neurological and psychiatric disorders, molecules, cells, and genes responsible for nervous system functioning. Neuroscientists use a wide range of tools and approaches to examine molecules, nerve cells, neural networks, brain systems, and behavior. From these studies, they learn how the nervous system develops and functions normally and what goes wrong in neurological disorders. Major Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that combines biology, psychology and chemistry to investigate how the nervous system generates the complex experience and behavior of humans and other animals while being shaped in turn by the organism’s engagement with the environment. Drawing most heavily on the offerings of its home departments of psychology and biology, but with additional courses in chemistry, mathematics, and computer science, the neuroscience major offers excellent preparation for post-graduate education and careers in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience. Major requirements The major consists of at least 14 courses, 4 of which must be at the 300-level or above, including the Senior Seminar in Neuroscience. [-]

Bachelor in Political Science

Campus Full time 10 semesters September 2017 USA Norton

The major in political science consists of ten-semester courses, including four core courses and one course from each of the four area groupings. At least three of the ten courses must be at the 300 level or above. [+]

Major requirements The major in political science consists of ten-semester courses, including four core courses and one course from each of the four area groupings. At least three of the ten courses must be at the 300 level or above. Majors should complete POLS 200 before their senior year and are encouraged to take MATH 141 for their math requirement. Any student may propose an individual major program for consideration by the department’s entire faculty. The department welcomes individual research on the part of its majors. Learning Outcomes Civic Education: Graduating students who can be competent citizens capable of understanding domestic and foreign issues, evaluating policy proposals, and making educated choices in elections and other forms of participation in political life. Critical Thinking: Graduating students who are capable of reading challenging material critically by identifying arguments, understanding research methodologies, evaluating evidence, and assessing whether stated conclusions are based on evidence or ideology. Writing Clearly and Cogently: Graduating students whose writing demonstrates sound grammar and syntax, whose writing reflects their ability to organize and make an argument and support it with evidence; who understand the different expectations for formal and informal writing, who can synthesize material clearly and briefly and write persuasively and elegantly when called upon to do so. Oral Communication: Graduating students who are capable of speaking in complete sentences when engaging in face to face communication with others; who function well when communicating orally with a small or large group of peers, colleagues, or officials; and who appreciate cultural differences in speech and body language. Numerical Literacy: Graduating students who can read and correctly interpret numerical data whether it is presented in narrative, tabular or graphic form, whether it is delivered in raw numbers, percentages or index numbers. Global Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity: Graduating students for whom the world is not a strange place; who are prepared to engage in transnational and cross cultural contacts; and who appreciate and can critically assess global interdependence, whether economic, political, or cultural. [-]

Bachelor in Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Norton

Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies human thoughts, feelings and actions as well as animal behavior. The Psychology Department is committed to supporting the college mission of education around, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other categories as they relate to human behavior and functioning. [+]

Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies human thoughts, feelings and actions as well as animal behavior. The Psychology Department is committed to supporting the college mission of education around, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other categories as they relate to human behavior and functioning. Modern psychology is broad and diverse in terms of both topics and methods. The faculty and course offerings in Wheaton's Psychology Department reflect that breadth and diversity. We offer courses in animal behavior, cognition, developmental psychology, personality, social psychology, neuroscience, health, forensic, clinical and multicultural psychology. Students can take courses in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Psychology is interdisciplinary by nature. The Psychology Department at Wheaton has connections with the natural sciences, the humanities, and other social sciences. The Psychology Department has a number of experiential opportunities available for our students in field practicum and internship opportunities. Students can collaborate with faculty on research in psychology laboratories. Students who major in psychology work in a wide variety of settings including schools, human services organizations, research labs, and corporations. They can have careers in marketing, human resources, biomedical research, criminal justice and mental health. Learning Outcomes 1. Psychology majors will have a historical-critical perspective on fundamental concepts of psychology as a science including its similarities to and differences from other sciences. 2. Psychology majors will be familiar with and have a basic understanding that will enable them to employ these diverse research methods in the field of psychology. They will thereby become informed consumers of psychological research as it is reported in both the professional and the popular literatures. 3. Psychology majors will be able to analyze critically the various perspectives and methods of psychology. 4. Psychology majors will achieve both oral and written communication skills. 5. Psychology majors will develop information and technology literacy. 6. Psychology majors will ground their skills and understanding in internships, practica, and other forms of experiential learning. 7. In keeping with the college’s infusion policy, psychology majors will incorporate the study of race and ethnicity along with their intersections with gender, class, and sexual orientation in their understanding of human experience and behavior. 8. Psychology majors will identify an appropriate career path by combing their knowledge and skills in psychology with their personal strengths and interests. [-]

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