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.
|Area of Study||Major||Minor||Concentration||Department||Program||Special Area of Study|
|Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology|
|Molecular and Cellular Biology|
|Classical Languages and Literature|
|Digital and Computational Studies|
|Earth and Oceanographic Science|
|Economics and Finance|
|Engineering Dual-Degree Option|
|Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies|
|Government and Legal Studies|
|Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies|
|Middle Eastern and North African Studies|
|Social & Historical Context|
|Theory and Composition|
|Romance Languages and Literatures|
|Russian Language, Literature and Culture|
|Russian Area Studies|
|Theater and Dance|