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.
Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Educational Studies: Childhood Education (grades 1-6)
Educational Studies: Adolescence Education (grades 7-12)
First Nations and Indigenous 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.
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.
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.