A Bates education fosters intellectual inquiry and reflection, personal growth, and a commitment to the world beyond oneself. Bates offers students a rigorous academic experience in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Majors & Minors

The Bates curriculum is structured around more than thirty majors and related minors, areas of specialization through which a student gains expertise in a particular academic discipline. The majors and minors we offer provide opportunities for concentrated study.

Majors and minors offer students depth. A major promotes immersion in an academic field of study and requires between 10 and 14 courses. A minor is directed study in a subject area but requires fewer courses. Some majors and minors focus on specific disciplines; others cross or connect areas of study. Almost all of the 36 majors at Bates culminate in a senior thesis of one or two semesters. The thesis is a highpoint of the senior year and of a Bates education. Not all students choose a minor. Instead they select from dozens of General Education Concentrations which emphasize breadth.