College of Letters

Cultivating the Educated Imagination

The College of Letters is a three year, interdisciplinary major for the study of European literature, history, and philosophy, from antiquity to the present.  During these three years, students participate as a cohort in a series of colloquia in which they read and discuss works together (in English), learn to think critically about texts in relation to their contexts and influences—both European and non-European—and in relation to the disciplines that shape and are shaped by those texts.  Majors also become proficient in a foreign language and study abroad in order to deepen their knowledge of another culture.  The COL, a unique college within the University, has its own library and workspace where students can attend lectures, study together, and meet informally with their professors, whose offices surround the library.

Open House

The College of Letters will hold Open House Receptions for members of the class of 2021:

1.  Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 4:30 PM

2.  Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 4:30 PM

3.  Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM

All Open House Receptions will be held in COL Library at Boger Hall, 41 Wyllys Ave. (third floor)

Applications for the major are due on Monday, March 26

Annual Philip Hallie Lecture

Wednesday, October 25, at 4:30 PM at the Wesleyan Chapel by Professor Melissa Lane, Princeton University.

Lecture Title: Office and Accountability in Ancient Greece and Beyond