Along with this document we are e-mailing the CSS calendar for next year, which will also be on the CSS webpage, as well as a letter outlining the upcoming year in the CSS for your class. You will also be given the Tutorial Distribution List that shows students' individual placement into the three Tutorials and documents outlining the first assignments for the Colloquium and the appropriate Tutorial.

The full syllabi for the sophomore courses will be available on the CSS website in August.

Your advisor, now and for the rest of the year (and often for the rest of your time at Wesleyan), is the tutor of your first‑trimester tutorial. Check your portfolio to see to whom you have been assigned.  When you return to campus, you should adjust your course selections for the fall to accommodate membership in the CSS by discussing your schedule with your new advisor and making whatever changes are needed. As you do this, please keep in mind the requirements and other considerations given below.

Choosing Courses for the Sophomore Year

The CSS expects you to take one course outside the CSS in the fall, and two outside courses in the spring.

You have pre-registered for CSS 271, Sophomore Colloquium; you will need to enroll in the first trimester CSS tutorial for which you will have been assigned in August. You must add this tutorial during the Drop/Add period at the beginning of the fall term. During fall preregistration for spring classes, sophomores will enroll in two CSS tutorials. One tutorial should be ranked as BOTH 3A and 4B, and the other should be ranked as BOTH 4A and 5B.  Note that you will actually have begun the second tutorial during the fall semester but you still must register for it during the fall pre-registration period for spring.

 Economics.  If you have already taken ECON 110 (for which a full-year of college-level calculus is required) and received a grade of C+ or better or, if you have taken ECON 101 and one other ECON course and received an average grade of C+ or better (with the two courses averaged together), you have completed the economics requirement.  A score of 4 or 5 on the AP exams in BOTH microeconomics and macroeconomics or a score of 5 or higher on the IB exam in economics will also satisfy the economics requirement. If you have taken no economics course at Wesleyan and if you do not have a year of college-level calculus, you must enroll in ECON 101 in the fall semester and in a second economics course in the spring semester of your sophomore year.  If you have satisfied the calculus requirement for ECON 110, you may take this course in the fall term to fulfill the requirement. If you have taken ECON 101, you must take a 200-level ECON elective during the sophomore year, preferably in the fall semester. To fulfill the economics requirement you must take economics courses for a grade and the course grade in ECON 110 or the average grade in the economics courses taken must be at least a C+. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have on this topic during the summer by e-mail; please write to

General Education Expectations.  Due to the heavy load of required courses for CSS sophomores, you are not required to fulfill Stage 1 expectations by the end of the sophomore year.  You must satisfy Stage 1 and be on your way toward satisfying Stage 2 by the end of the junior year.

CSS students who will not have completed Stage 1 of the General Education distributional expectations by the end of the sophomore year must, by the start of spring preregistration for fall courses in the junior year, submit for approval of their advisor and the CSS co-chairs a plan for completing the expectations of both Stage 1 and Stage 2 by graduation.  In order to graduate with a CSS major, a student must fulfill the expectations for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 no later than the end of the senior year.



Grades.  The sophomore tutorials and colloquium are ungraded; instead you will receive evaluations, both written and oral. At the end of the year there is a comprehensive examination on the material of these courses, graded in the CSS mode (High Distinction, Distinction, Commendable, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory). This single grade is the only grade to be recorded on the transcript for sophomore year; grades for courses taken outside the CSS will not appear on the transcript.

Your three outside courses will be converted to pass/fail (CR/U) grades. This reduces stress in the sophomore year while encouraging you to explore new subjects and take challenging courses across the curriculum. During Drop/Add in the fall and during preregistration for the spring, you should choose the CR/U mode of grading if it is available EXCEPT FOR ECONOMICS COURSES WHICH MUST BE TAKEN FOR A GRADE. If you are taking a course for a grade, e.g., an Economics course, you must request a conversion of the letter grade to CR/U from the instructor using the Request for CR/U Grade Conversion form,which must be signed by the instructor and received by the CSS office before the end of Drop/Add. This allows the Registrar to convert the letter grade to CR/U on your transcript.

Absences and late papers.  Sophomores must attend all tutorials and bring with them a completed paper. Likewise, they must attend every session of the colloquium and submit its assignments when due. Absence from classes undermines a common learning experience; failure to finish papers on time breaks the chain of effort and criticism on which the tutorial method depends. An absence from any tutorial or the colloquium for any reason or a failure to complete a paper on time must be reported to the CSS co-chairs and the student will be given a warning. A second absence or late paper within that tutorial or in the colloquium for any reason will result in the student being placed under review. Depending on the circumstances, a review for failure to attend class can result in separation from the CSS major. Late papers initiate the late-paper procedures described on the CSS web page at:

Additional skills.  Students of the social sciences interested in pursuing further research should generally be familiar with the basic quantitative and critical or interpretive techniques used in describing and explaining social phenomena. These skills also provide a solid foundation for senior thesis research.  For these reasons you might consider taking one of the following courses during your program of studies:  ECON 300, GOVT 366, QAC 201, HIST 362, PSYC 200, or SOC 202.  Students may also want to delve deeper into the philosophical and historical bases of the social sciences by taking courses in the philosophical classics, and/or in ancient and modern history.


Summer Letter