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From its inception in 1855, and before nearly every other college in America, Bates recruited students without regard to race, religion, national origin, or sex. Our founders firmly believed, as we do today, that not only should a Bates education be open to all, but that it is bettered by this openness. Diversity and inclusion – of thought, background, and experience – is not optional or aspirational here. It is vital.

Dana Professor of Chemistry Glen Lawson and Associate Professor of Spanish Claudia Aburto Guzm‡n, teach a new interdisciplinary (biological chemistry meets Spanish) Short Term course titled "Intersection of Biomedicine and Human Rights: The Case of the Chilean Mining Experience," co-taught by Lawson and Aburto Guzm‡n. Students and faculty will soon travel to Chile to explore the intersections between natural scientific inquiry and social and cultural studies. Through historical, scientific, cultural, and bioethical lenses, the group will examine biomedical science in Latin America and the struggle for civil, human, and health rights by workers in the Chilean mining industry since the nineteenth century. Here, students participate in live action role play (LARP) activity in Hathorn 104 where a medical doctor and a traditional healer treat various illnesses and a role of the dice determines which methods result in illness and cure.A live action role-playing game (LARP) is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically act out their characters' actions. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character.

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Choose from 36 Majors and 26 Minors

Bold = available as a major and a minor

African American Studies
American Cultural Studies
Art & Visual Culture
Asian Studies (minor only)
Biological Chemistry
Classical & Medieval Studies
Digital and Computational Studies (minor only)
East Asian Studies
Educational Studies (minor only)

Environmental Studies
European Studies
French & Francophone Studies
Greek (minor only)
Interdisciplinary Studies
Latin (minor only)
Latin American Studies

Religious Studies
Russian (minor only)
Teacher Education (minor only)
Gender and Sexuality Studies

* In the Engineering major, students participate on the 3-2 Dual Degree program, completing three years at Bates and two years at one of our partner Engineering institutions, including Case Western, Columbia, Dartmouth, RPI, or Washington University.

Hear From Recent Grads

I remember when I was a kid I used to say “I’m going to be a doctor back in Ethiopia,” and when you’re a kid, you think that’s wishful thinking. But honestly, that could very much be a reality for me now.

– Rakiya Mohamed 18

The Mount David Summit is Bates’ annual campus-wide celebration of student academic achievement. The Summit highlights undergraduate research; student creative work in art, dance, theater, music and film/video; projects conducted in the context of academic courses; and community-engaged research. The Summit spotlights the rich intellectual life of our students.

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