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Connecticut College is dedicated to continuing its tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences while simultaneously pioneering revolutionary learning opportunities in traditional and emerging fields.
Students in the 21st century must be prepared for a rapidly changing and dynamic world; Connecticut College's course of study acknowledges and promotes this reality. The breadth and depth of the curriculum places Connecticut College at the forefront of American liberal arts institutions; more than 1,000 courses are offered in 47 traditional majors, plus there are opportunities for self-designed courses of study.
A curriculum based in the liberal arts and sciences trains students to translate information from one discipline to another. Students can acquire a broad perspective while keeping the common good at the heart of their institution, their community, their family or their society. Therefore, they are best prepared to hold positions of responsibility and leadership. Additionally, while the liberal arts and sciences are challenging, they are also inherently enjoyable, so those who are liberally educated are open to a lifetime of learning.
Undergraduates routinely participate in collaborative research with faculty members, co-author scholarly papers and make presentations at academic conferences. A 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio facilitates an interchange in the classroom and a commitment to hands-on learning. This focus is especially distinctive in science, where an $8 million science center connects scholarly research to practical applications, to be further strengthened with the new $20 million state-of-the-art home for the life sciences and computer science scheduled to open in the fall of 2012. Established by an endowment from the Keck Foundation, "Keck grants" offer summer research stipends in the sciences to qualified students each year. These grants also provide for continuing work on research for independent study or an honors thesis, and all involve close individual work with the faculty. Recent student work has involved such topics as molecular species found in comets, use of hilltop areas by dragonflies, and phragmites invasion and control in brackish tidal wetlands.
Many employers prefer to hire those who are liberally educated. Students graduate from Connecticut College with the ability to write effectively, think analytically and logically, formulate creative ideas, and work independently or as a part of a team. As the world becomes more complex, these skills are essential to maintaining success, whether in business, law, education, medicine, science, government, or the arts. Because Connecticut College students are offered extensive opportunities for research as well as funded internships as an undergraduate, they have an advantage for career placement and graduate school admission.
Our Career Enhancing Life Skills (CELS) office has successfully assisted recent graduates who have left New London for positions at Goldman, Sachs & Company, Andersen Consulting, Pfizer Inc. and Microsoft Corporation, to name a few. Premier graduate schools such as Harvard, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Princeton, and the Universities of Chicago, New York, and Virginia have also attracted Connecticut College alumni pursuing advanced degrees in law, medicine, business, public policy and scientific research.
Connecticut College professors, 90% of whom hold doctoral degrees or the equivalent, are superb teachers as well as renowned scholars and artists. Their dedication to students does not stop at the classroom or laboratory door; it reaches into faculty homes, College dining rooms and residence halls.