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One place with boundless opportunity Wheaton students follow their interests—not a narrow set of requirements. At Wheaton you can explore more than 100 majors and minors, plus design your own course of study. And you’ll receive tremendous support finding exciting internships and other learning experiences outside of the classroom. All the choices that Wheaton offers are about one thing: providing a truly individualized and life-changing education for undergraduate students.

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Sebastian Sebastian Viasus is a physics major who spends as much time in the studio art building as he does in the physics labs. “I like tinkering, working with my hands and being creative,” he said. “I really don’t like being limited to just one thing.”

A native of Boston, Sebastian finds interesting projects in many corners of the campus. He learned how to do arc welding in a sculpture class with Assistant Professor of Art Kelly Goff, a skill that comes in handy for science as well as art. He also designed and built a custom skateboard from raw materials as an independent study, supervised by Associate Professor of Physics Jason Goodman, as a means to learn how to use computer-aided design tools as well as laser cutters and other equipment.

Those projects have led to other opportunities to work with professors on research. Sebastian helped build an instrument that models ocean flows to assist Professor Goodman’s research on the geography of Jupiter’s moons. With Assistant Professor of Biology Laura Ekstrom, he learned to use animation software to help measure biomechanical force, furthering her examination of how vertebrates stabilize themselves while running and leaping.

“That’s the thing about Wheaton. The professors here are people that you can be friends with. They treat you like a partner, although they are teachers, too,” he said. “When you work with them on a project, you are there as their partner, not simply as a student, and you are challenged to solve real-world problems and contribute to the work.”

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“That’s the thing about Wheaton. The professors here are people that you can be friends with. They treat you like a partner, although they are teachers, too.“


Lexomics What do you get when you pair a Medievalist and a computer scientist? Hint: The answer is not a bad joke. Professors Michael Drout (English) and Mark LeBlanc (computer science) joined forces in 2010 to create—with their students—a whole suite of software tools that scholars can use (and are using) to analyze texts, uncovering secrets such as who wrote them and where and when. They call their team, and the project, Lexomics. Every year, a dozen students work together refining the software and conducting original research with the tools.

Their results are impressive: more than two dozen journal articles and scholarly presentations co-authored with students, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and great training for English majors and future programmers alike.

“The ‘soft skills’ that students gain from working on a team to build tools that actually help other scholars are as valuable as the technical skills they learn,” LeBlanc said. “For example, participating in a group review, or walk through, of one’s own software is a humbling but essential experience.” Lexomics graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Microsoft and Amazon and enroll in competitive graduate programs at institutions such as Northwestern and Yale.

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This is not a place to sit on the sidelines Learning is a verb for a reason. You need to take action to make it work. Luckily, Wheaton guarantees that every student will have access to funding to participate in a professional internship, research-based internship or other experiential learning opportunity before senior year. We call this the Wheaton Edge.

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Guaranteed The Wheaton Edge internship guarantee is backed by an annual investment of more than $1.2 million, and it’s supported by faculty and staff at the Filene Center who work with students from their first day on campus to help them find and make the most out of these experiences.

98% success rate

Six months after graduation, 98 percent of Wheaton graduates have started their first job, are enrolled in graduate school, are engaged in public service or have accepted a national fellowship, such as a Fulbright Award.

6 months after Wheaton:

69% Employed 18% Graduate or professional school 3% Volunteer and national service (AmeriCorps, City Year, etc.)

4% Fellowships (Fulbright, Watson, etc.) 4% Internships Data based on a knowledge rate of 74 percent for the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016

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Carly

“Working at the RIDOH has…given me more insight on which career path in public health I would like to take.”

Always pay attention to the campus calendar of events, because you never know when it might lead you to a great internship. At least that’s what Carly Tavares would tell you. She attended a campus event on careers in healthcare, which was where she met alumna Sidra Scharff, who works for the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). That meeting, followed by some work with the college’s career services staff, led to a summer-long internship with an initiative that provides health care services to pregnant women and families with children up to four years old.

Carly spent her time analyzing data that measures the effectiveness of the services the agency offers, but she also participated in home visits to gain insight into how the programs impact the families they serve.

“Working at the RIDOH has helped me see that there are many different areas of public health that are important to keep people healthy and safe and has given me more insight on which career path in public health I would like to take,” Carly said. A biology major who is minoring in public health, Carly aspires to a career advancing public health and is planning to earn a master’s degree after graduation.

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Recent internships Blue-Med Africa

Child Family Health International Christie’s

Comedy Central

Good Housekeeping Magazine HBO

Humanity in Action John Hancock Investments

Massachusetts State House Merrill Lynch Microsoft NASA

New England Aquarium Smithsonian Institute

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Viacom

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Eric Important discoveries sometimes happen by accident. That’s the story behind how Eric Pfeiffer landed a summer job studying the growth and popularity of farmers markets. An environmental science major who particularly likes chemistry, Eric needed one more class for his schedule, and a friend suggested Assistant Professor Justin Schupp’s course, “Sociology of Food.” He took to the subject quickly.

“It was my first exposure to sociology,” he said. “But I have found that I have such a passion for the social sciences and combining them with the natural sciences.” Combined, the disciplines can point to advances that improve lives.

The research that Eric is working on with Professor Schupp will test the theory that farmers markets are making locally grown and healthy foods more readily available to economically disadvantaged people. No one knows whether it’s true, but finding the answer could shape business decisions and public policy. To get the answer, Eric and Professor Schupp are traveling to farmers markets across southern New England, collecting a wealth of data, with support from a Wheaton fellowship.

“What’s really nice is the idea that we will be bringing more light to how we structure our food system in the United States, who has access to healthy foods, and the impact that has on people and on the planet,” he said.

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Every student is a teacher and a leader, too. Campus life,

programs and resources are shaped and directed by students. We believe that learning takes place all the time and in every

space on our campus—in residence halls, on athletic fields, at the campus center, and, yes, in classrooms.

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Keaton It’s Saturday morning—early. It’s raining, and Keaton Schrank is in the woods picking up trash. Why on earth is she smiling? Because this is her campus, where she has found her place as a leader. She’s president of the Community Service Council, spreading kindness alongside her classmates; a teaching assistant in the biology lab offering academic support; a resident advisor helping students during times of transition; and a new 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship awardee, which Wheaton helped her get.

“My leadership roles have really helped me realize that there’s more to life than just what I’m learning in the classroom,” she said, “and I can learn a great deal through what I’m doing. These roles have helped me grow as a person. I’m a better student because of what I do outside of the classroom, and I’ve met so many new people.” We provide the opportunity—rain or shine; you bring the passion.

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Dimple Divers When the Dimple Divers put on a show, they fill the room. Wheaton’s improv comedy troupe, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, regularly earns its reputation as a great ensemble, with uproarious skits that push the boundaries in every conceivable direction.

Their talent for creating ridiculously funny scenes on the spot has brought them success beyond campus. They recently won a “Best of Boston” college improv competition, and member Ebony Kennedy took home top individual honors as the show’s MVP. The group also earned an invite to perform in a New York City show organized by the Upright Citizens Brigade, whose original members include Amy Poehler. One secret to their success is that being funny on the spur of the moment requires practice.

“One of my favorite things about the Dimple Divers is that it gives me four hours a week to laugh uproariously with a group of very funny and talented friends,” troupe member Chris Truini said.

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The Wheaton experience extends well beyond the borders of campus, offering possibilities for exploration in virtually every corner of the world. Off-campus study includes short-term, intensive courses abroad—semester and full-year programs in more than 40 countries, including our distinctive program in Bhutan—domestic study options that offer the chance to explore a special interest, and dual-degree programs in law, engineering and more.

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Wheaton students study abroad million invested in internships annually


Fulbright leader Eleven consecutive years ranked among the nation’s top 10 colleges for the number of graduates receiving Fulbright awards.


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Xinru When you turned to this page, where did your eyes go first? What does that say about you (and what does that say about us)? Xinru Liu wants to find out. As a sophomore studying mathematics and computer science, Xinru was introduced to a new piece of technology, recently acquired by the college—a pair of Tobii eye-tracking glasses. Intrigued by the device, which follows the natural movement of the human eye, Xinru spent a semester, learning how it works—and developing an instruction manual to make it more accessible.

The next semester, she teamed up with another student to apply the technology— focusing on how people perceive artwork. Next, Xinru hopes to use the software to analyze how pianists read music.

“Doing research is quite different from taking classes and doing homework,” she said. “There are many unknowns in front of you. It is challenging when you need to explore and learn through trial and error. But it is really thrilling once you get results.”

The Tobii glasses are part of the Wheaton IMAGINE network—a collection of campus makerspaces and resources that encourage the blending of art and technology through innovation and collaboration. Other cutting-edge equipment available in these spaces includes: 3-D printers and scanners, a laser cutter and engraver, virtual reality gear and a computer-controlled loom.

“Nowadays what the world needs is not only the student who can do well in the exam but also people who can apply the knowledge they learned toward practical problems,” Xinru said. “A makerspace is a great platform that helps students learn in a different way and create their own projects.”

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Goya & Beethoven

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How much real-world experience can you pack into a college course? At Wheaton, the answer is: a lot. Take one of Professor Evie Staudinger’s art history courses, which was paired with a music course taught by Professor Ann Sears and explored the strangely parallel lives of artist Francisco Goya and composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

Students traveled to Boston to hear the Symphony Orchestra perform and view a Goya exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and visited New York City to purchase prints for the college’s Permanent Collection. They also curated a campus exhibition featuring the works of Goya and Beethoven—arranging delicate prints and paintings, creating description cards, pairing art with music and helping to publicize the show.

As art history major Lena Sawyer put it: “It’s been quite a ride, but experiential, interdisciplinary learning has proven itself to be far more poignant than simple classroom learning.”

The two professors and their students also organized a series of campus events around Goya and Beethoven, through the Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities, for which Profs. Staudinger and Sears served as co-directors for the year. The institute, one of only a dozen like it at U.S. undergraduate institutions, helps students develop their professional skills, explore connections between fields and link academics to jobs—plus build up their professional networks.

“It opened my eyes to see what other people are doing with art history degrees,” art history major Michael Williams said, after meeting alumni and members of the Boston museum community at an MFA reception.

This first-edition print of Goya’s “Los Caprichos, No. 34: Las Rinde el Sueño” (pictured at left) is part of Wheaton’s Permanent Collection, a gift of Kathy Foley Denniston, Class of 1973.

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Find your program

Majors and minors

Students may concentrate in a single major, pursue an interdisciplinary program or focus on several areas. They also can design an independent major. African, African American, Diaspora Studies American Studies Ancient Studies Anthropology Art History Astronomy and Physics Biochemistry Bioinformatics Biology Business and Management Chemistry Classical Civilization Classics Computer Science Creative Writing and Literature Early Childhood Education Economics Elementary Education English Environmental Science Film and New Media Studies French Studies German German Studies Greek Hispanic Studies History International Relations Italian Studies Latin Mathematics Mathematics and Computer Science Mathematics and Economics Music Neuroscience Philosophy Physics Political Science

Psychology Religion Russian Language and Literature Russian Studies Secondary Education Sociology Studio Art Theatre and Dance Studies Women’s and Gender Studies

Additional minors

American Music Animal Behavior Asian Studies Astronomy Dance Development Studies Economic Theory Education Environmental Studies Ethnomusicology International Economy Jewish Studies Journalism Studies Latin American Studies Legal Studies Medieval and Renaissance Studies Music History Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Peace and Social Justice Political Economy Public Health Public Health Science Public Policy Studies Statistics Theatre United States Economy Urban Studies

Have no idea what you want to study? Wheaton’s personalized approach to education and advising will help you connect your interests and talents with a career path that’s right for you. Visit our online program finder to get started: wheatoncollege.edu/programfinder

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Visiting The best way to understand what it’s like to learn and live here is to see us for yourself. We strongly recommend that you visit campus at least once, if possible, but we would be happy to welcome you back again and again.

Tour our historic New England campus. Attend an information session. Eat lunch in our award-winning Chase Dining Hall. Visit a regularly scheduled class. Talk to faculty members about your interests. Meet current students to learn about campus life.

We offer tours, info sessions and interviews on a regular schedule yearround. We also organize special visiting programs—many with the opportunity to meet a number of faculty and students—throughout the year.

Sign up for a visit at wheatoncollege.edu/visit


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Location. Wheaton is located in Norton, Massachusetts, 35 miles from Boston, and 25 miles from Providence, R.I. New York City is less than four hours by car or train. Campus. The Wheaton campus mixes traditional Georgian-style brick buildings with sleek, modern designs, such as the Mars Center for Science and Technology, which won LEED Gold certification for its environmentally friendly design. The beautiful, 400-acre campus is welcoming and walkable and contains lots of space for students to experiment—a center for entrepreneurship, 11 makerspace labs for academic and extracurricular projects, a student-run coffeehouse and much more. Community. The college enrolls approximately 1,650 students, representing more than 30 states and more than 70 countries. About 18 percent of Wheaton’s students are international; 21 percent reflect underrepresented populations, including Asian, Black and Hispanic. First-generation students account for roughly 18 percent of enrolled students. Faculty. Wheaton professors are experts in their fields of study as well as dedicated teachers. Ninety percent hold a doctoral degree or terminal degree in their field of expertise. The current student-faculty ratio is 10:1. Student life. Ninety-five percent of Wheaton students live on campus; housing is guaranteed. Students shape campus life through the Student Government Association and more than 100 campus organizations. Athletics. The college fields 21 NCAA Division III athletic teams and offers club and intramural sports programs. Scholarships & tuition. Wheaton provides need-based financial aid to roughly 65 percent of enrolled students. The college also awards merit aid scholarships to qualified students, regardless of need. The comprehensive fee for the 2017–2018 academic year is $63,818, which includes tuition, room, board and student activity fee. Expanded offerings. Wheaton offers cross-registration with Brown University in nearby Providence and opportunities at other U.S. institutions, including 15 semester-long programs and dual-degree tracks in engineering, optometry and more.


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Wheaton Viewbook - 2017  
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