A Personalized Education
Learning to think critically
Since globalization has made the world a melting pot of ideologies and practices, the skill of reconciling difference has become incredibly valuable. By helping you articulate how you, and those around you, interpret the world, Bates gives you this skill. We believe that difference has the power to be transformative, and that adaptability is the key to sustaining productivity across difference.
Not everyone who comes to Bates does so with a plan, and that’s OK. For many students, their major remains undecided into their sophomore year. Even so, it’s inevitable that soon after arriving, you’ll be enthralled. Whether by a group, a class, a cause… everyone who comes to Bates is immersed in something. Part of the Bates experience is discovering how to navigate within your world of opportunity.
Test or intensify
Bates’ springtime “Short Term” is five weeks of highly focused hands-on work. While some students use their Short Term to test the waters of a new major, you may be more interested in gaining the field experience needed to entice future employers. Previous Short Terms have included geology fieldwork in the American Southwest, Hawaii and Scotland, as well as art, theater and music studies in New York City and Europe.
Our academic calendar is divided into two traditional semesters and one Short Term in late April and May. In Short Term, students take only one course, on a compressed schedule; they can also take internships or conduct fieldwork; a number of Short Term courses are conducted off campus. The result is a focused investigation of a single topic.
A few recent Short Term courses:
Celebrating your education
Now in its 10th year, Bates’ Mount David Summit is a celebration of your academic achievements — in all its forms. Undergraduate research; student creative work in art, dance, theater, music and film/video; community-based academic work; projects conducted in the context of academic courses. Sponsored by the Student Research Program, the Summit spotlights the rich intellectual life of the college.Next: First-year Seminar