Declaring a Major and Minor

Information on choosing a major and minor at Wells.
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Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the current year.

The Major

Each Wells student must elect a major to assure exploration of an area of interest in-depth, and to develop the knowledge and skills involved in the mastery of a field. If a student's educational goals are better met by developing an individualized major than by electing an established major, the student may, with the advice of her or his faculty advisor and other appropriate faculty members, develop an Individualized Major.

No major for the Bachelor of Arts will require more than 65 semester hours. No major for the degree of Bachelor of Science will require more than 75 semester hours. A student may not elect a double concentration within a major.

Guide to Major Fields and Concentrations

List of majors and concentrations that a student may elect at Wells.

Double Major

Students may elect to pursue a double major in one degree (B.A. or B.S.) or a double degree course of study that includes a major in a B.A. degree and a major in a B. S. degree. A double major/double degree proposal form shall be filed with the Registrar. This proposal must indicate how the student's proposed plan of study meets the College's goals for a sound liberal arts program, including courses that satisfy the core requirements. The proposal must be approved by an advisor from each major. At the time of the proposal, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, have completed at least four courses towards their first major, and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 for courses taken for that major. The student must also have completed at least one 200-level or higher course required for the intended second major that is not counted towards the first major at Wells College or through an affiliated program and have earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the course or courses.

No more than 50% of the courses to be applied to the first major may also be applied to the second major. At least 6 courses (3-4 semester hours each) in each major must be taken at Wells College or through an affiliated program. The student must fulfill senior requirements for both majors, which includes completing the capstone course for each major. Students must complete a separate, unique project or thesis for each major. The proposal form must be submitted to the registrar no later than the last day of classes of the semester in which a student expects to have earned 75 credit hours. Final approval rests with the Academic Standing, Advising and Admissions Committee.

Individualized Major

GPA Requirement

To be eligible for graduation, a student must have earned a GPA of at least 2.0 in the work in the major. If a student fails to maintain this average, she or he must either change majors or leave Wells College.

The Minor

Although minors are not required, a student desiring a minor shall declare it on a Declaration of Minor form, available in the Registrar's Office or online, no later than the last day of classes of the first semester of his or her senior year. The declaration must be approved by the student's major advisor and the faculty coordinator for the minor. Requirements of the minors can be found in the section of the Catalog devoted to Majors and Minors. In order to have a minor noted on the transcript, a student must earn an overall GPA of 2.0 or better in courses used for the minor. No more than 50% of the semester hours to be applied to the minor may also be applied to the major.

Each minor must be approved by the faculty coordinator for the minor. A minimum of 50% of the courses must be unique to each minor. A minimum of four courses (12 semester hours) must be taken at Wells College or in an approved program to complete a minor. No more than four semester hours graded "S/U" may be used toward the minor. Wells does not offer individualized minors.

List of minors offered at Wells.


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