Our first students—all seven of them!—were expected “to read, translate, and parse Tully, Virgil, and the Greek Testament, and to write true Latin in prose, and [to have] learned the rules of Vulgar Arithmetic.”  In those days, our purpose was to train young men from Vermont and neighboring states for the ministry and other learned professions of the early 19th century.

Over the course of its 219-year history, Middlebury's curriculum has evolved in response to educational theory, world events, and changing times, but it remains firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition—characterized by breadth of experience across many fields and disciplines, as well as in-depth study in one area defined by the major. An emphasis on writing in all disciplines sharpens students’ capacity for critical thinking and expression. Each department has designed its major to ensure that students not only learn key content but also the methodologies, languages, and modes of thinking and expression that characterize that discipline.

Learn more about Middlebury’s rich and innovative curriculum by reviewing our learning goals and course catalog.

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Middlebury, VT 05753