The Planning Period and Majors

The planning period for the Spring 2011 semester  runs from Tues., Nov. 2 through Tues., Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.   Because you will be declaring your major next semester, you want to think carefully about the courses you choose (and do not forget there is drop/add in case you change your mind by then!).  Talk with your advisor or professors in whose department/program syou have some interest to get a better idea of the major and what courses you might take.  And definitely check out on Wesmaps descriptions of the major and courses offered, including in the “Archives.”

  • If you are still exploring major possibilities, try out the gateway courses so you get a taste of what the discipline is about and have the prerequisite for advanced courses. 
  • If you are deciding between two majors, consider taking a course in each department/program to help you decide and  to move you forward at the same time. 
  • If you know exactly what you want, well then, go for it.  

If you’re still uncertain, you should know that students change majors even after the major declaration period, which runs from Feb.  3 to Mar. 5, 2011.  Depending on the major and your own academic history, you may have some flexibility to drop or add a major after March 5.  In other words, you still have time to explore next semester. 

Also, remember that your major does not necessarily determine what you will do with the rest of your life.  To get some perspective on this, talk with a CRC staff member and check out what Wes alums have done with their majors—see the amazing range of jobs that you wouldn’t even think of—by accessing MyCRC.

If you have questions, concerns or angst, please do not hesitate to talk with your faculty advisor and/or me .  We want to help you make the decision that is right for you.  

2013 rocks, Dean Brown  (x2758,

Careers for the Common Good Week: 11/1-5

Public Service Careers Week 2010
Monday, Nov. 1 – Friday, Nov. 5

The Careers for the Common Good (CCG) program presents Public Service Careers Week 2010.  The CCG informs, inspires, and supports Wesleyan students who desire to lead socially responsible lives and to pursue careers in public service-  

Mon., Nov. 1: Food Fight! The Case for Organic Farming and Community Food Organizing, 7-8 pm in Usdan 108
NOTE: 6:30pm Potluck Dinner! WesFRESH will be serving soup and bread –Bring something to contribute if you can! THINK GREEN: bring your own plate/bowl/utensils! Hear how these speakers are pushing the ongoing effort to improve and equally distribute our food supply, and how you can get involved.

 Tues., Nov. 2: Reports from the Field: A Talk w/Service Careers Fellows Alumni, 7-8 pm in Woodhead Lounge
Five alumni, all recipients of the Wes Service Careers Fellowship, will share their experiences, advice, victories, challenges, and frustrations as their lives in service unfold.

Wed., Nov. 3: All Are Welcome: Service Through Faith-based Organizations, 7-8 pm in Woodhead Lounge
Learn how you can engage with a faith-based organization to serve others with your talents and passions, no matter what your religious affiliation or spiritual orientation.

Thurs., Nov. 4: Going Global: Working for International Human Rights, 7-8 pm in Woodhead Lounge
You’re familiar with human rights abuses around the world. Hear how these panelists have joined the fight to help those suffering injustice.

Fri., Nov. 5: Giving to Get Back: Careers in Philanthropy, 12-1 pm in Usdan 108
If money is power, than giving money to others can be a powerful tool for service. Learn about the world of philanthropy and how you can launch your career in this important field.

The speakers include a mix of Wesleyan alumni and professionals from the field who will share useful information about their career paths and jobs, will shed light on how students can break into these areas, and provide insight into the rewards and frustrations of taking on the various missions that they have so passionately embraced.

For more information about each panel, please check the Career Resource Center calendar at or check out the MyCRC calendar. A complete list of speakers will be posted shortly.

Career Outlook Program — Sign up by 11/2!

Connect with a Wes Alum over Winter Break!
Great way to build a network – Great resume builder!

See what alumni have signed-up to be shadowed (more added daily!):

Google, Inc. :  University Programs Manager
US District Court : US Magistrate Judge                  
State of Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate : Child Advocate                                  
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment : Television Agent                     
Elm City Elementary School – Achievement First : Teacher, Grade Level Chair                              
City of Yonkers :  City Council President         
Somerville Public Schools : Teacher              
Save the Children : Director, Philanthropic Services
Synthetic Cinema International : Director, Visual Effects Artist                               
Urban Justice Center : Staff Attorney          
Orphans of Rwanda/Generation Rwanda : Executive Director                             
Private Practice : Dermatology           
Congregation Beth Elohim : 4th and 7th grade Teacher                
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency : Senior Attorney             
Center for American Progress : Research Assistant               
Wayland Middle School : 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher/ Curriculum Leader               
Starcom MediaVest Worldwide : Junior Associate / Advertising Industry   
The Met Sacramento High School : Communications Director & Internship Coordinator               
New York City Department of Transportation :  Planning and Research Manager                     
Transgender Law Center  : Development Manager  
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute : Physician-Researcher,Hematologic Malignancies :  Director of Business Development     
Framingham Public Schools : Director of Title 1
NYU School of Medicine : Director, Pediatric Hospitalist Program
University of Connecticut Health Center : Physician, Cardiology Division
Bowery Residents Committee : Executive Director
The Dalton School : Middle School History Dept Chair, 8th Grade Teacher          
New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane :  Legislative Aide
State Street : Fixed Income Trader 
Lawyers for Children : Deputy Executive Director

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, November 2
How to apply:  CLICK HERE
Questions: Stop by the Career Resource Center

Benefit Concert: Omar Offendum at Eclectic 10/29


Wesleyan’s Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative is bringing back Omar Offendum, a Syrian-American MC/Producer,

to debut his new album Syriana-americanA at Eclectic this Friday.

 Bones Complex will start the show.  

WHEN: 10.29.10     WHERE: Eclectic    TIME: 10:30 pm – 1:00 am
TICKETS: $3 sold NOW in Usdan and $4 at the door

Buy tickets while they last, because you really don’t want to miss this!
All proceeds go to Oxfam, Red Cross and Islamic Relief for Pakistani Flood Victims.

Cookie Fund-raiser for Pakistani Flood Relief — Today!

Don’t you wish that you could snack on some delicious cookies and at the same time, help the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative? Well, this Wednesday, you can!

TODAY from 7-8:30 p.m. on the first floor of Usdan, program houses and halls of Wesleyan will compete for cookie glory. Here’s how it works: you pay $2 for a ballot, sample the cookies, and vote on your favorites. The money goes to the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative, the eternal fame and glory to the winners of the contest. And the cookies (and enfranchisement) go to you!


Flu Vaccine Still Available

Dear Students:

If you missed one of the three campus-wide flu clinics and you are still interested in getting a flu shot (which includes H1N1), please contact the Health Center for an appointment at 860-685-2470.  We have a limited supply of vaccine still available. 

Joyce Walter, Director of the Davison Health Center

For Prospective History Majors — Wed.,10/27

“Why study the past?  Because it paves the way to your fabulous future!”

Meet Katherine D’Ambrosio (’06) and Mike James (’07) and hear about what they’re up to now, and how the major in History helped them figure out who they want to be.

Oct 27, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.

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[Iguanas Ranas will be there too]

Homecoming/Family Weekend — Oct. 22-24


Take advantage of all the offerings on campus this weekend—from Weseminars to athletic events, from lectures to music and dance to reunions.  Plan your time well so that you can pick and choose from all that’s happening on campus and still get your academic work done!   

Check out the schedule at .