When does a student apply for the COL major?
Students apply during the spring of their first year. The COL is a three- year major and begins in the fall of the sophomore year.
Are there requirements for the major?
Yes, students must have competence in a foreign language and should pursue that language during their first year at Wesleyan. Recent languages studied by COL majors include French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. For this reason, students should make use of the first semester to continue or begin language study.
Are there introductory courses that I can take in considering the COL?
Yes, you can take any one of the first-year seminars we offer. Our “Great Books Unbound” first-year seminar has been designed specifically to give you a taste for what the COL is all about.
Can I declare the major and then drop it if I change my mind?
Sure, because there is time to select a different major in your sophomore year.
Can a student double-major with COL?
Yes, many students double major.
Is study abroad required for COL?
Yes, students study abroad during the spring semester of the sophomore year, or in some instances, during the summer before junior year. This is why students should make use of the first semester to continue or begin language study.
What do COL majors typically do after graduation?
Our graduates find all sorts of jobs where they are required to think critically, pursue research, and write effectively. They have done teach for America, received Fulbright Scholarships to teach abroad, or joined start-ups in Silicon Valley. Many go on to graduate school in literature or journalism or medicine. The COL was founded in 1959 and it is a well-known and highly regarded major.