2013-2014 Course Catalog


You are currently viewing the 2013-2014 Wellesley College Course Catalog.

The information contained within is accurate as of March 29, 2013. Wellesley College reserves the right to make changes at its discretion.

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Catalog Statement Regarding Courses
A semester course that carries one unit of credit requires approximately 11 hours of work each week spent partly in class and partly in preparation. The amount of time scheduled for classes varies with the subject from two periods each week in many courses in the humanities and social sciences to three, four, or five scheduled periods in certain courses in foreign languages, in art and music, and in the sciences. A 0.5 unit course requires approximately 5.5 hours of work each week, including scheduled class time and preparation. A semester course that carries 1.25 units of credit includes at least 300 minutes per week of scheduled class time as well as significant work outside of class. Classes are scheduled from Monday morning through late Friday afternoon.



Distribution Abbreviations

ARS=Arts, Music, Theatre, Film, Video distribution attribute

EC=Epistemology and Cognition distribution attribute

HS=Historical Studies distribution attribute


LL=Language and Literature distribution attribute

MM=Mathematical Modeling distribution attribute

NPS=Natural and Physical Science distribution attribute

QRB=Fulfills the basic skills component of the Quantitative Reasoning requirement

QRF=Fulfills the course overlay component of the Quantitative Reasoning requirement

REP=Religion, Ethics, and Moral Philosophy

SBA=Social and Behavioral Analysis distribution attribute

W=First-Year Writing requirement

Course Number Suffix

G=Group Study

H=0.5 unit course


R=Research methods course

W=Immersion language course taught during Wintersession when follows course number

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