Programs & Centers
World Music Program
Since Wesleyan’s visionary World Music Program was founded in the 1960s, along with the graduate programs in music, the Music Department has offered a unique and pioneering environment for the study, performance and composition of music from a perspective that recognizes and engages the breadth and diversity of the world's music and technologies. The department enjoys an international reputation for innovation and excellence, and draws artists-in-residence and students from around the globe. Wesleyan offers prestigious master’s programs in composition and ethnomusicology, and a Ph.D. program in ethnomusicology. Undergraduates can also take courses in music from all parts of the world, such as Javanese Gamelan; South Indian Voice; West African Music and Culture; Music and Modernity in China, Japan and Korea; Experimental Music; and Global Hip-Hop.
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies houses Wesleyan’s East Asian Studies Program, as well as an art gallery highlighting the societies, cultures and histories of China, Korea and Japan; a Japanese Garden; Resonance, a student-initiated and run academic publication focused on East Asia; and a lecture series.
Center for the Americas
The Center for the Americas is home to Wesleyan’s American Studies and Latin American Studies majors. It sponsors the annual Americas Forum, a symposium that brings into dialogue scholars and artists from the north and south around a common theme. The Center also runs the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows program, with fellows typically teaching one course per semester and working with other teacher/scholars at the Center.
Certificate in International Relations
Through the John E. Andrus Center for Public Affairs, students can earn a Certificate in International Relations by demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language, completing a required set of introductory courses in international politics, economics and the history of the contemporary international system, as well as upper-level courses in global systems and area studies.