Concentrations

Concentrations

Concentrations

A concentration gives students a way to organize a combination of intellectual and practical experiences, such as internships and service learning, around an area of interest. Students apply to concentrations and when selected they receive focused advising to help them design a program in their area of interest.

The concentration allows for more flexibility than is possible within an academic minor, and students can pursue a concentration alongside a minor or a second major.

The college currently offers the following concentrations:

  • Archives Concentration: connects students with the Sophia Smith Collection, the College Archives and other archives and is designed to make our histories public through research projects and professional training.
  • Biomathematical Sciences Concentration: allows students to integrate the study of mathematics, statistics, computer science and engineering with biology, biochemistry and neuroscience.
  • Book Studies Concentration: connects students with the exceptional resources of the Mortimer Rare Book Room and the wealth of area book artists and craftspeople.
  • Buddhist Studies Concentration: builds on unusual depth and strength in this area of study at Smith and in the region.
  • Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration: connects students to the Center for Community Collaboration and helps students expand their understanding of local, national and global issues that affect communities and to develop the skills and values necessary to collaborate with communities as citizens and leaders.
  • Environmental Concentration: Sustainable Food: connects students to the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability and integrates knowledge in support of environmental decisions and actions.
  • Global Financial Institutions Concentration: connects students to the Center for Women and Financial Independence and provides a course of study that combines academic courses, research and fieldwork to deepen knowledge of global financial markets.
  • Museums Concentration: connects students to the Smith College Museum of Art and other museums and gives students a foundation in the history of museums and the critical issues they engage.
  • Poetry Concentration: connects students to the Smith College Poetry Center and provides a course of study designed to allow students to pursue work on and about poetry through a range of experiences and courses.
  • South Asia Concentration: brings together areas of study to develop a sustained curricular and co-curricular focus on the region of South Asia.
  • Translation Studies Concentration: encourages and guides students to link their work in a discipline or major (art history, international relations, government, etc.) with a deep understanding of another culture and language.
  • Women's Education Concentration: provides students with a framework for exploring the range of issues associated with the education of women, both in the United States and internationally.

Other academic concentrations are under development.