Adding a minor allows you to reinforce your Wells education while adding a specialization in a field outside your major.
While minors aren't required for the degree, they provide new experiences and insights in related programs. Nearly all majors also hold a corresponding minor that requires fewer courses or academic experiences than the major. Others—such as those in sustainability, German, social and economic justice, or museum studies—offer unique viewpoints or represent fields and specializations that build on a student's major program. Each academic program page notes whether a major or minor is available, and requirements can be found in the academic catalog.

"I can still remember my freshmen orientation, the games we played, my orientation and peer leaders, and my first friends that I met and we are still friends till this day."

Ariel Adams '16
Psychology Major, Collegiate President, Prodigy Step Team Captain

While at Wells, most students find that their career interests don't just fit within one major. For those students wishing to officially focus their studies in an additional area, minor programs offer the chance to explore and increase their familiarity in a field. Students may declare up to two minors by the middle of their senior year.

Wells College offers the following minors:

Art History
Book Arts
Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Educational Studies: Childhood Education (grades 1-6)
Educational Studies: Adolescence Education (grades 7-12)
Environmental Science
First Nations and Indigenous Studies

Global and International Studies

The Global and International Studies Minor examines the complexity of global forces, factors and values, and the structures of the international world. The program focuses on the issues of the interconnections among individuals, societies, nation-states and non-governmental organizations and their systems, subsystems and the mechanisms in cultural, social, economic and political processes. As a result, students who choose this minor grow to understand the depth and importance of these connections through nuanced class discussions, cooperative hands-on work with their peers, and internship opportunities in professional organizations.

In courses tying together anthropology, political science, history, psychology, and other related topics, students build a framework for examining international events or organizations and forming their own analysis. They graduate with the ability to express this broad knowledge, prepared for a variety of careers in international politics or fieldwork.

Graphic Design
Healthcare Management
Holistic Health Studies

Museum Studies

This interdisciplinary program provides an exploration of theoretical, historical, and applied knowledge pertaining to museum management and programming. Museum Studies trains students in the technical practice of museum curation, including subjects such as business, visual organization and design, archaeology, and arts management. Given the broad relevance of Museum Studies skills, students may approach the minor from a variety of disciplines, with particular parallels with social and physical sciences, history, and art. In combining this specialized type of organizational knowledge with a major in a specific fields, students gain a foothold in the area of their own choosing.
Students combine this specialization in a field with hands-on work in Wells' discussion-based classes; internships on one of many local arts, history, or regional interest museums; and even opportunities to get involved in the College's own art collection and archive or String Room Gallery. As a result, they graduate with a familiarity and proficiency needed to pursue a career in museum work.

Philosophy and Religion
Political Science
Religious Studies
Science, Health, and Values
Social and Economic Justice
Sport Management
Studio Art

Sustainable Food Systems

We all eat. But what we eat—and where we get what we eat—significantly impacts our world. The sustainable food systems program enables you to investigate the challenges of the current global food system by exploring the cultural meanings of food and the social and physical conditions under which we grow and consume foods. You’ll also acquire the skills needed to help build a more sustainable world—skills that easily translate to complement any major. Internships are available at area organic farms and farm markets, as well as with the Maya Mountain Research Farm in Belize.   

Women's and Gender Studies

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