Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship — Meeting & Supper 1/29

thumbnailCAZT765LHave you considered earning a PhD and becoming a professor? Do you love research, and are you committed to helping to rectify the historical underrepresentation of African-Americans, Latino/as, and American Indians in U.S. colleges and universities and the disparities that result from that underrepresentation? If so, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) may be for you. MMUF is a program that matches Fellows with faculty mentors and provides programming that demystifies academic careers and prepares Fellows for applying successfully to graduate school. Students are selected in the spring of their sophomore  year, participate in an intensive six-week summer session, and remain in the program during their junior and senior years. Much more information on MMUF is available at

An information session will be held on Friday, January 29 at 6:00 PM in 403 Fisk. A light supper will be served. If you are interested but cannot attend, please get in touch with the Associate Coordinator, Renée Johnson-Thornton at or 860 685-3084.


Study Abroad Info Sessions!

Upcoming Information Sessions:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3:  Study Abroad & Science Majors  4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  Fisk 302

thumbnailCA3VAKGF THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4:  Financial Aid & Study Abroad  4:15 – 5:15 p.m.   Fisk 302

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8:  School for International Training (SIT)  Noon – 1:00 p.m.   & 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.   Fisk 210

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9:  Bordeaux Immersion Program  4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.   Fisk 305

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11:  Students of Color & Study Abroad  4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  Fisk 302 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15:  Internships in Francophone Europe  4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  Romance Languages & Literatures   (300 High Street)

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17:  IES – Nanzan University  4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  Fisk 302



CSS Info Session–Tues., Dec. 15

An Invitation from the Students and Tutors in the College of Social Studies

Join current CSS students and tutors for an Information Session to be held on Tuesday, December 15 at 4:15 p.m. in the PAC 4th floor Lounge.  Here’s your opportunity to ask questions to a panel of current CSS students and tutors, and to learn what CSS might have to offer you as a major.

Applications are currently available and can be found on the CSS homepage at or in the CSS Office, 4th floor PAC.  Completed applications can be e-mailed to or brought to the CSS Office.  The deadline for submission is Friday, March 5, 2010 at 2 p.m.  Interviews will be conducted the week after Spring Break.

Pizza will be served at the CSS Information Session.

The English Major: Alum/Faculty Panel — Dec. 10


English Major Grads Take on the World:  Literature as Equipment for Living (and Making a Living)

Can the study of literature not only give you pleasure, but equip you to make visible and question the givens, the language, the form, and the history that have shaped the way we read ourselves and our world? And is this ability valuable? Of course!

Come hear about what English alums have done, are doing, and can do!  Featuring:

  • Ariel levy ’96, book author and staff writer for The New Yorker; recently interviewed on the Colbert report (we will show this exciting clip).
  • Sophie Pollitt-Cohen ’09, book author and independent writer (The Huffington Post, The New York Times Book Review, and other publications).
  • Amy Tang, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies and Harvard University English major ’94, who worked in several different and fascinating fields before switching gears and earning her Phd from stanford ’09.
  • Jim Kubat, Associate Director for Career Development and Pre-Law advisor, who will distribute eye-opening statistics and information on what English majors have actually done over the years and can do.

Introduced and moderated by

  • Joel Pfister, Chair, Department of English, and Kenan Professor of the Humanities

A reception with groovy treats after the panel

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 4:15 p.m.
Downey House 113

Sponsored by the English Majors Committee and the English Department

GOVT Dept.: Faculty Lunch Talks

The Government Majors Committee and the Government Department are sponsoring a series of lunch talks from noon to 1 p.m. beginning this Friday where professors will present their recent research. 

Nov. 13 – Professor Sarah Wiliarty    Albritton Center, top fl. Cafe
Twenty Years after the Wall: The German Elections of 2009

Nov. 20 – Professor Douglas Foyle     Butterfield C Lounge
October Surprises and Wagging the Dog: Do Upcoming Elections Affect Foreign Policy Decision Making?  

Dec. 4 – Professor Erica Chenoweth    Albritton Center, top fl. Cafe
The Politics of Terrorism: Non-State Actors and Political Violence in the 21st Century

Dec. 11 – Professor Anne Peters    Albritton Center, top fl. Cafe
Shadow Governments: Parallel Institutions, Public Goods, and State Power in Iraq

Lydia Tomkiw ’11
Government Majors Committee

Sunday: Reading and Exam Prep Workshops

thumbnailCA2T6RSBGet more from your reading and start prepping for mid-terms!

Two academic skills workshops open to all class years will be offered this Sunday, October 4 from 8-9 p.m.—Exam Preparation in Usdan 110 and Reading Retention in Usdan 136. 

For more information about the schedule and peer advisor drop-in hours, see .

Check it out and get your A+ on!

Study Abroad Fair

thumbnailCA1WWVUVDon’t miss Wesleyan’s 15th Annual Study Abroad Fair!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14   11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

BECKHAM HALL  (2ND Floor of Fayerweather, next to Usdan)

Whether you are a first year student, a sophomore deciding on a major, or a junior planning to study abroad next semester, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet representatives from the 140 programs available, receive literature about the programs, and ask questions.   Find out all your options for study abroad!

Sponsored by the Office of International Studies

Academic Skills Assessment Survey Recommendations

Thank you all for submitting the academic skills assessment survey.  Based on what you told us in the survey, we have recommended specific workshops to enhance or reinforce your academic skills in particular areas and to help you negotiate a smooth transition from high school to college.  Do not be alarmed if some of you receive more thumbnailCAFF781Arecommendations than others.  This survey was for your benefit and our recommendations, based on your responses, will connect you with resources to help promote your success and make your academic experience more productive and satisfying.  You can access these recommendations through your e-portfolio in the “Wesleyan Career” bucket now and view a schedule of workshops that will be available during the first two weekends after classes begin.

General Education Expectations

Wesleyan does not have distribution requirements, but students are en­couraged to bring breadth to their programs of study through the GenEd Expectations. GenEd is divided into two stages. In the first stage, to be com­pleted by the end of the sophomore year, students are expected to earn at least 2.00 credits in each of three areas: Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM), Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and Humanities and Arts (HA). Each of these credits must be earned in a different department. To complete the second stage, students are expected to earn 1.00 additional credit in any de­partment in each division.

Information about the GenEd area and department for every course in the Wesleyan curriculum can be found in WesMaps and the Course Supplement. Not all courses carry GenEd designations, and the GenEd designation of a crosslisted course is linked only to a single department. AP and IB test credit and transfer credit cannot be used to fulfill GenEd.

Students who do not satisfy GenEd are not eligible for University Honors or for election to Phi Beta Kappa. Also, some departments require fulfillment of GenEd for completion of the major or for eligibility for departmental honors. More information about this can be found on the honors Web site at

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other Pre-matriculant Credit

So now you have all these good scores from your Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and A-level (and similar test) exams.  What can you do with them?

You can post up to 2.00 of these pre-matriculant credits to your Wesleyan transcript.  Make sure that you can provide official documentation of your scores or grades.  Some AP subjects, such as English and Biology are automatically posted while others require that you pass a departmentally-identified course with a minimum grade in order to be eligible to post the credit.  Complete information on how to post AP and IB credit to your transcript is maintained by the Registrar’s Office.

College courses taken on a college campus and taught by a college faculty member with other college students prior to your matriculation at Wesleyan also may be transferred to your Wesleyan transcript, if they were not used to complete requirements for your high school diploma.  You will need to ask the college to send a transcript directly to me at the Deans’ Office at Wesleyan (237 High St., 06459) in order to post this credit and if the credit is listed on your high school transcript, have your high school counselor confirm on school letterhead that it was not necessary for graduating high school.

You may post all your pre-matriculant credit, but only up to 2.00 credits total of any kind of pre-matriculant credit will count towards your graduation requirements.