Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree at Connecticut College include 128 semester hours of academic credit distributed among general education, elective courses and the academic major.

A Connecticut College education is significantly broader than the accumulation of the academic credits that constitute the minimum requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Students may also choose to double major, self-design a major or choose to minor. See "Determining a Major."

General Education requirements

For students who entered as first-year or transfer students prior to Fall 2016

The College's General Education program, required of all students who matriculated prior to Fall 2016, aims to foster intellectual breadth, critical thinking, and acquisition of the fundamental skills and habits of mind conducive to lifelong inquiry, engaged citizenship and personal growth.

For students who entered as first-year or transfer students in Fall 2016 or later

The Connections program satisfies the general education requirements. Connections provides a path through the curriculum that allows you to ask personally meaningful questions and to explore answers by integrating courses from multiple disciplines and engaging in off-campus learning. The program culminates with an opportunity to share what you have learned with your peers and the larger campus community.

Language and cross-curricular requirements

Each student must complete a two-semester sequence of a new foreign language at the elementary level, and each student must complete two designated Writing (W) courses. For most students, one of these courses will be a first-year seminar. Get the details.  


Information skills are an essential part of a modern liberal arts education. Students should acquire skills in Internet navigation and research, database searching and traditional library research. In addition, students should be able to integrate appropriate technology into their learning and research.

Elective courses

In the elective area, students are free to explore fields not otherwise included in the academic program by exploring a diversity of interests, satisfying a curiosity aroused through General Education or bolstering their major with related study. Whatever the preference, the student should choose electives with a thoughtful awareness of the design of his or her education.