Departments and Programs

If you're looking at a number of colleges, you're probably asking some of the same questions over and over again: what's the difference between a department and a major? What about a program? Is a concentration also a minor? 

In truth, many of these overlaps reflect a school's organizational structures, and shouldn't affect what you want to study. 

The most important part of the chart below is that something here sparks a curiosity in you. Then, if you choose to bring that curiosity to Bowdoin, your faculty mentors and advisors will help you build a plan that combines—and strengthens—what you're passionate about. 

Regardless of what you choose to study, a Bowdoin education prepares you for a meaningful and impactful life, grounded in independent thinking, individual action, and social responsibility.

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