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ACADEMICS

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The best of liberal arts


9:1 student faculty ratio. Average class size: 19. 92% of our 178 full-time professors hold a doctorate or equivalent

At Connecticut College, you learn to write, communicate and solve real-world problems while also developing specialized skills in your major.  You take classes in different disciplines and learn to draw important connections between the sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts. You develop diverse perspectives through language study and international experiences. And you are part of an intellectual community grounded in a tradition of mutual trust and academic collaboration.


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Majors and minors


At Connecticut College, you can major and minor in more than 40 subject areas or design your own major. You have until the second semester of your sophomore year to declare your major. See the full college catalog here.



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* Certificate program. Can be combined with any major.
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Local and global engagement


Through challenging coursework and integrated learning experiences, you learn how to make contributions to today’s interconnected world. You develop an appreciation for and understanding of cultural differences, the ability to consider diverse perspectives and the necessary skills to effect change in your communities.

Internships and Community Learning

Learn to solve real problems in the real world. At Connecticut College, you get $3,000 for an internship in the U.S. or abroad; it's no wonder 80 percent of our students do funded internships. The funding gives you the option of creating your own internship perfectly tailored to your interests and aspirations. In addition to internships, many students work in the region, and nearly two-thirds of students volunteer in the greater New London community. Service learning is also part of many courses, so you learn in – and from – the community.

Global focus

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Research


Students Researching - BotanyOur professors are making important discoveries. As a student here, you can too. Faculty are awarded nearly $1 million a year in federal research grants, and they work with students on innovative research in nearly every field. From developing genetic algorithms that enable robots to “learn” to examining the effects of the BP oil spill on salt marshes to sifting through Civil War-era health records to uncover a previously unreported smallpox epidemic that changed the course of American history – opportunities abound.

Science

Most of our science students engage in research, including projects supported by major federal and private foundation grants. In the last seven years, 113 students have co-authored published research papers with science faculty. Many more have presented at professional conferences across the U.S. and even internationally.

Humanities, social science and art

We offer many opportunities for student-faculty and independent research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Our new sophomore research seminars are a great way to get started.  

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Academic honors


2011 Ames Prize Winner Erin Margaret Wilson '11

Honors study and theses

The senior honors thesis is the pinnacle of your undergraduate academic experience. This yearlong project allows you to work closely with a faculty adviser to integrate your learning experiences and conduct in-depth research and analysis in an area of interest to you within your major.

Center certificate programs

Our five academic centers offer you the opportunity to earn a certificate in one of five areas of rigorous interdisciplinary study. As a scholar in one of the centers, you complete specialized coursework, a funded internship and a sophisticated senior integrative project. Admission to these selective programs is competitive.

Honors and awards

The designation of Winthrop Scholar, the highest academic honor for students, is given to those members of the senior class who demonstrate exceptional scholarship. The Oakes and Louise Ames Prize is given to a graduating senior who has completed the year's most outstanding honors study and the Anna Lord Strauss Medal is the highest honor for a senior who has done outstanding work in public or community service.


29 Fulbrights awarded in the last five years

Fellowships and scholarships

We are a top producer of Fulbright fellowship winners. Current seniors and recent graduates also win Goldwater Scholarships, Davis Projects for Peace grants and many other fellowships and scholarships. 

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Intellectual climate


Arts and CultureTrisha Brown Dancers - onStage

Connecticut College has a thriving arts scene, with more than 100 art exhibits, dance concerts, music performances, plays, film screenings, symposia, readings, lectures and other performing art events each year. Our onStage at Connecticut College series bring to campus world-class artists in theater, music, and dance and we have many student-run clubs and organizations.

Sciences

We are at the forefront of science education in a liberal arts setting, with a commitment to faculty-student research usually found only at large universities.

Libraries

Shain Library, the College's main library, is currently undergoing a renovation and expansion that will make it a top destination for 21st century scholarship and research. Other library resources include the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Greer Music Library and more.

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Curriculum reVISION


Connecticut College is currently engaged in an inclusive and comprehensive review of the curriculum. Faculty are leading a process through which students, faculty and staff are working together to reimagine the general education program, which has been in place since 1973. As a community, we are asking questions about what our 21st-century graduates should know and be able to do, and about how we should organize student learning.


Key milestones

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