The world needs creative, adaptive thinkers

As a Connecticut College graduate, you’ll be recognized as that kind of person. We call our four-year approach “Connections” because it integrates everything you do here—inside and outside of class—into experiences and habits of mind you can draw on for the rest of your life.

You’ll learn to look at problems through multiple lenses and spot unexpected points of convergence. Navigate and negotiate difference. Listen deeper. See beyond surface distractions to get to the “why” of a problem.

Connections is a different kind of liberal arts education, designed to help you become a different kind of leader: one who is intellectually courageous, inventive, resourceful and resilient.

Big questions inspire a broader vision.

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Your passions defy narrow boundaries 

Instead of receiving a checklist of course requirements, you’ll choose your own academic journey that includes—and transcends—your major. We call this your Pathway.

You begin by identifying a problem where you want to make a difference, and then select a series of interconnected classes that open up new ways to think about possible solutions. In Pathway options like Peace and ConflictPublic Health, and Sustainability and Social Justice, you’ll work alongside students and faculty who have the same broad interest as you, but who study it from different—sometimes even radically different—perspectives.

You will also delve deep into your major in a way that looks beyond the typical narratives and cultural assumptions. Your studies culminate with a senior symposium: a presentation, project or performance focused on the question that has animated your imagination and inspired you to push the limits of the discipline.

 

You won’t go it alone

Good advising in college is so important: it’s the critical support that helps you map out your educational experience, weigh your options and challenge yourself to try new things.

Here, you don’t just get one adviser: we give you a team, and they’ll start working with you as soon as you arrive on campus. 

Your academic adviser is the same professor who teaches your first-year seminar class, so conversations can cover everything from yesterday’s reading assignment to your ambitions for yourself and the world.

Your career adviser will help focus your interests into professional possibilities, connect you to career workshops and networking events with our alumni, and prep you for internships, job interviews, grad school applications and ultimately, your career.

Your staff adviser knows all the campus resources that will help you stay on course, and your peer adviser, an older student who’s been in your shoes, will provide experience-tested advice. 

 

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