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The Vassar curriculum has always been characterized by boldness, breadth, and flexibility. Vassar was among the first colleges to offer courses in drama, psychology, and Russian, the first to offer an undergraduate degree in cognitive science, and among the first to experiment with interdepartmental courses in the early 20th century.

The Libraries

The libraries at Vassar are extraordinary and rank among the very best liberal arts collections in the United States both in the number of titles (over 1,000,000 volumes) and in their exceptional variety and depth. The libraries include the Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, considered one of the most beautiful Collegiate Gothic buildings in the country; the Helen D. Lockwood Library; the Art Library; the George Sherman Dickinson Music Library; and the Martha Rivers and E. Bronson Ingram Library, which also houses the Catherine Pelton Durrell Archives & Special Collections Library.

Majors and Minors


Vassar students generally declare a major by the end of the sophomore year. Students have a choice of four paths to the bachelor’s degree: concentration in (1) a department; (2) an interdepartmental program; (3) a multidisciplinary program; or (4) an individually tailored course of study in the independent program. Within the major field, requirements range from 10 to 17 courses. See a list of all majors.


In addition to the major concentration, a student may undertake an optional minor (correlate sequences) in most departments and programs. The minor provides the opportunity to organize studies outside the major field of concentration, progressing from introductory to advanced work under the guidance of an advisor in the relevant department or program. A minor ordinarily consists of six courses. See a list of all minors.

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