Welcome from the Dean

Elizabeth McCormack

Welcome to these pages highlighting Bowdoin's vibrant academic community. At the heart of the Bowdoin experience is the opportunity for a diverse group of exceptional students to work closely with an accomplished faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists who are dedicated and inspiring teachers.

In state-of-the-art facilities and the intimate setting of small classes on our beautiful historic New England campus, students engage the full range of the liberal arts. Here you will find outstanding faculty passionate about what they teach. Indeed, generations of Bowdoin students describe their relationships with faculty members as among the most important of their lives.

Beyond the classroom and laboratory, curricular and co-curricular work extends to our field stations, museums, libraries, theaters, art and dance studios, and recital hall. And the state of Maine serves as a stunningly beautiful setting for students to take advantage of extraordinary opportunities for community- and place-based courses and research.

Dedicated professionals — in the Center for Learning and Teaching and the Center for Co-Curricular Opportunities (Off-Campus Study, International ProgramsHealth Professions AdvisingStudent Fellowships and Research, and Special Academic Programs) — join with our faculty to support and advise students as they navigate their journey through Bowdoin and prepare themselves for opportunities beyond the campus.

For over 200 years, Bowdoin has recognized the importance of a commitment to the common good. This, along with William Dewitt Hyde’s Offer of the College, has served as the cornerstone of our educational mission. Intensive faculty discussion has shaped Bowdoin’s curriculum, with distribution requirements that encourage exploration and broaden students’ capacities to view and interpret the world from a variety of perspectives. With more than forty majors to choose from, students pursue interests, satisfy curiosities, and discover the intellectual joy and achievement of exploring a topic in depth.

To learn more about a Bowdoin education, I invite you to read Bowdoin’s Statement on a Liberal Education and to spend time exploring our website. Through focused intellectual inquiry leveraging creativity, reason, and inspiration, a Bowdoin education prepares students for a life-time of leaning and accomplishment with the motivation to embrace and shape the future - in sum, to be leaders in all walks of life.

Elizabeth McCormack
Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Physics