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 the faculty advisor and other appropriate faculty members, develop an individualized major.

No major for a B.A. will require more than 65 semester hours. No major for a B.S. 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 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 have also 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.

Declaration of Major

Entering students may declare a single intended major from those listed in this catalog. Students who do not declare a major upon entry must declare a major by the end of the seventh week of the semester in which they expect to have earned 60 credit hours. Failure to declare a major by this deadline will result in a registration hold. Students transferring in with 60 or more credit hours must declare a major upon entry.

Policy on Individualized Majors

Students may propose a self-designed individualized major if they have an educational objective that would be better served than by pursuing one of the established majors at Wells College or by pursuing an established major and minor. Each individualized major is expected to meet the philosophical and educational goals of Wells College and to afford the student maximum exposure to the breadth and depth of a liberal education as well as an opportunity to undertake advanced work in an area of special interest. The individualized major must have a clear focus, and at least two disciplines must be substantially represented. The Curriculum Committee will approve or reject these programs.

Regulations for Individualized Majors

The proposed individualized major must have a minimum of 36 semester hours, a maximum of 45 semester hours on one discipline, and a maximum of 65 semester hours overall, including the senior essay/project, IM 401 (4 semester hours). It must include a minimum of 18 semester hours of work at the 300-level or above. The minimum required cumulative GPA at the time of application is 2.7.

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.

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 the 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 “Academic Programs” section of the course catalog.

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. 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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