Majors & Minors
M = major, m = minor
Learn more about our course offerings by looking at the 2013-2014 Course Catalog.
Educating the whole person
The problems facing the world today are so complicated that it’s going to take people who can talk across boundaries and work across boundaries to solve them. If you ask Bates graduates what they value most about their time here, they’ll often say something like, “Bates taught me how to think.” Supported by a dedicated faculty, Bates students learn to explore broadly and deeply, to cross disciplines and to question rigorously.
Breadth of knowledge, depth of study
We have 33 majors. Some are surprising (neuroscience, rhetoric), many are interdisciplinary (American cultural studies, environmental studies), most are also offered as minors. All are designed to throw you headlong into the skills, practices, certainties and mysteries of at least one field; they’re also designed to lead to great things, including — but not limited to — graduate or professional school, enlightened leadership and making your own way in the world.
You can also design your own major. You can also take our Dual Degree Engineering Program: three years at Bates, plus two years at a top engineering school (Case Western, Columbia, Dartmouth, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or Washington University in St. Louis).
Plus: We require students to take two General Education Concentrations (GECs), a group of four courses that add up to a sustained exploration of one theme. They’re like mini-minors. Some recent GECs:
||A GEC like North Atlantic Studies includes these courses: