A program is a sequenced course of study designed by faculty to focus on a particular area of knowledge or a particular approach to an area. Each program establishes requirements for Moderation, course work, and Senior Projects. The required courses can be either specifically designed courses or menus of courses, and may be offered by the program or by other programs. All students must establish their major in a program and transition from the Lower College to the Upper College through the process of Moderation, usually by the end of the sophomore year.


A concentration is an optional course of study consisting of a cluster of related courses on a clearly defined topic. Concentrations may only be pursued in conjunction with a primary program of study. To complete a concentration, a student must moderate, fulfill all course requirements, and produce a Senior Project that combines the interdisciplinary theories and methods of the concentration with the disciplinary theories and methods of the program.




          Single major - Students moderate in one program, complete the course requirements, and complete one Senior Project.


          Single major with a concentration - Students moderate in both a program and a concentration, complete the course requirements for both, and complete one Senior Project that combines the interdisciplinary theories and methods of both the program and the concentration.


          Double major - Students moderate in two separate programs, complete the course requirements for both programs, and complete two Senior Projects.


          Joint major - A joint major allows students to achieve depth in two related fields of study without requiring two separate Senior Projects (as with a double major). Students complete the course requirements for two programs of study and produce one unified, integrated Senior Project involving ideas from both disciplines. Students moderate into two programs, ideally in a joint moderation, with members from each program on the moderation board and on the Senior Project board. This option requires a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and approval by the Executive Committee.


          Multidisciplinary Studies major - The Multidisciplinary Studies Program allows a student to select an area of study or develop an individual approach to an area and then design a program that integrates material from different programs and divisions in order to pursue that study. In order to major in the Multidisciplinary Studies Program, a student must submit a proposal to the Executive Committee requesting approval for such a program. The ideal time for the proposal is in the second semester of the sophomore year, as a substitute for moderation into an existing program during that semester. For a proposal to be approved, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, the proposed list of courses must include in-depth study in two or more disciplines, and the proposed adviser and moderation board members must have the expertise to supervise the proposed plan of study.



Academic Programs


1. Division of the Arts

          Art History


          Film and Electronic Arts



          Studio Arts



2. Division of Languages and Literature

          Literature (works written in English and world literature in translation)

          Written Arts

          Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures





          Ancient Greek







3. Division of Science, Mathematics and Computing



          Computer Science




4. Division of Social Studies



          Economics and Finance

          Historical Studies


          Political Studies





5. Interdivisional Programs

          American Studies

          Asian Studies

          Classical Studies

          Environmental and Urban Studies

          French Studies

          German Studies

          Human Rights (also available as a concentration)

          Italian Studies

          Russian and Eurasian Studies

          Science, Technology, and Society

          Spanish Studies


6. Multidisciplinary Studies Program

Programs initiated and designed by students to integrate material from different programs and Divisions (requires the support of faculty advisers and approval by the Faculty Executive Committee).



Interdivisional Concentrations


          Africana Studies

          Cognitive Science

          Gender and Sexuality Studies

          Global and International Studies

          Human Rights (also available as a program)

          Irish and Celtic Studies

          Jewish Studies

          Latin American and Iberian Studies

          Medieval Studies

          Middle Eastern Studies

          Social Policy


          Victorian Studies