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At New College, academics are divided into three main divisions: Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Within and between these divisions, we offer more than 40 different areas of concentration (majors), including several established interdisciplinary concentrations. Double, Joint, Combined and Special Program Areas of Concentration also may be designed following consultation and approval from faculty. Preparatory classes for professional school programs, such as law and medicine, can be arranged within most disciplines.
Areas of Concentration (AOC) Leading to a Bachelor's Degree:
Chinese Language & Culture
International & Area Studies (including European Studies)
Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Russian Language & Literature
Spanish Language, Literature & Culture
Double & Joint Areas of Concentration
It is possible to complete a Double Area of Concentration (or double major), for which you complete all the requirements for two different areas of concentration.
You can also design a Joint-Disciplinary Concentration (we sometimes call this a “slash major”) in which you work with faculty from two different disciplines to design a coherent course of study. Examples include political science/international and area studies, music/philosophy, English/gender studies, and chemistry/environmental studies.
*Combined Areas of Concentration
We offer programs in three areas of concentration that can only be completed as part of a combined area of concentration:
Special Program Areas of Concentration With the approval of faculty, you can create your own Special Program Area of Concentration in an area that is not regularly offered at New College. Examples include cultural studies, entomology, and gender and ethnic studies. Usually these special areas are modeled on similar programs offered at other colleges and universities.
Students who choose to graduate in General Studies will not have an area of concentration recorded on their transcript. A General Studies concentration requires the endorsement of faculty from at least two Divisions and presupposes study in all three Divisions.
Professional School Preparation
Students may prepare for professional school in the context of most Areas of Concentration offered at New College. Faculty and the Center for Career Education provide guidance for students preparing for medical or veterinary school, law or business school, and other advanced degree programs. Cathy Cuthbertson, Director of the Center for Career Education, serves as the pre-law advisor and also co-advises pre-med students along with Paul Scudder, Division Chair of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry.