Departments, Majors & Programs

Wellesley College offers subjects familiar as the core of a liberal arts education—but that is just the start of it.

New fields and an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches are a hallmark of Wellesley's academic offerings. For additional information, please contact the appropriate department chair or program director.

Academic Departments

Africana Studies Department
Anthropology Department 
Art Department
Astronomy Department 
Biological Sciences Department
Chemistry Department
Classical Civilization, see Classical Studies Department 
Classical Studies Department
Computer Science Department
East Asian Languages and Cultures Department
Economics Department
Education Department
English Department
French Department
Geosciences Department
German Department
History Department
International Relations, see EconomicsHistory and Political Science 
Italian Studies Department
Language Studies/Linguistics, see Cognitive & Linguistic Science
Mathematics Department
Music Department
Philosophy Department
Physical Education and Athletics Department
Physics Department
Political Science Department
Psychology Department
Religion Department
Russian Department
Sociology Department
Spanish Department
Women's and Gender Studies Department

Interdepartmental Majors

American Studies Interdepartmental Major
Architecture Interdepartmental Major
Astrophysics Interdepartmental Major
Biological Chemistry Interdepartmental Major
Cinema and Media Studies Interdepartmental Major
Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences Interdepartmental Major
Comparative Literature Structured Individual Major
East Asian Studies Interdepartmental Major
Environmental Studies Interdepartmental Major
French Cultural Studies Interdepartmental Major
German Studies Interdepartmental Major
International Relations Interdepartmental Major
Jewish Studies Interdepartmental Major & Minor
Latin American Studies Interdepartmental Major 
Media Arts and Sciences Interdepartmental Major
Medieval/Renaissance Studies Interdepartmental Major 
Middle Eastern Studies Interdepartmental Major & Minor
Neuroscience Interdepartmental Major
Peace and Justice Studies Structured Individual Major
Russian Area Studies Interdepartmental Major
South Asia Studies Interdepartmental Major & Minor
Theatre Studies Interdepartmental Major

Languages not listed above

Arabic, see Middle Eastern Studies Interdepartmental Major and Minor
Chinese, See East Asian Languages and Cultures Department
Greek, see Classical Studies Department
Hebrew. see Jewish Studies Interdepartmental Major and Minor
Hindi/Urdu, see South Asia Studies Interdepartmental Major and Minor
Japanese, see East Asian Languages and Cultures Department
Korean, see East Asian Languages and Cultures Department
Latin, see Classical Studies Department
Portuguese, see Spanish Department
Swahili, see Africana Studies Department


Quantitative Reasoning Program
Sustainability Program
Writing Program

Individual Majors

Occasionally an individually designed major is appropriate, with approval from advisors and deans.


Shadow Grading


Learn more about Wellesley's liberating first semester grading policy.



The Three-College Collaboration

The Babson-Olin Wellesley Collaboration helps students gain the insight needed to tackle the complex problems of the 21st century. The alliance involves students of these three schools—with their respective expertise in entrepreneurship, engineering, and the liberal arts—to accomplish together what no individual community could alone. It also creates new social opportunities for all students.



Clapp Library

Margaret Clapp Library

The Margaret Clapp Library is the largest library on campus, focused on humanities and social sciences. It also houses the love letters of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.



Science Center

Science Center

From the edge of the universe to the center of the atom, the Science Center is well equipped for research. Choose one of eight formal science majors, or design your own.