With a curriculum anchored in the liberal arts and sciences and an approach to learning responsive to an evolving, increasingly complex world, a Middlebury education is as distinct as it is comprehensive.

We offer a 21st-century global liberal arts and sciences education. Scholarship and research are not confined to the classroom or laboratory, nor even to a particular field of study. A robust offering of majors, minors, and academic programs not only provides students with a diverse range of disciplines to explore and to experience, but each discipline is intended to work in concert with another, fostering an evolution of cross-disciplinary collaboration that is at the heart of the academic experience at Middlebury. 

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A first-year seminar is a course, every first-year takes it. It’s a course designed to get you involved in the liberal arts education and what the liberal arts actually looks like. A lot of these courses are unique and are something that professors are interested in but don’t often teach. For instance, I teach a course called the Language of Conspiracy Theories, which is a fun course where we study why do conspiracy theories exist, where do they exist in the 21st century, and why do they keep popping up. Those are the types of courses that you’ll be taking with your first-year seminar. They’re a great way for you to engage with peers in your new class. Your first-year seminar professor is also your advisor. So it’s a great way to get you involved with your first-year experience here at Middlebury and to get you set up for the rest of your academic career. Next I wanna talk to just quickly about choosing a major. This is my third year at the College, and I can say that I’ve been surprised how many students show up, they have a major in mind. They know what they want to do in life. And then after a semester, maybe a year, they’ve completely changed their mind. They’ll go from something that, oh, they were all about science, and now they wanna do something a little liberal arts. Or vice versa. So to find a major, we really suggest taking a broad array of classes. Really exploring the possibilities of what interests you. And you’ll be surprised by what you might want to major in. It’s okay if you have a major already in mind when you get here, and maybe that stays your major. Maybe the major changes. Or maybe you don’t have a major in mind, and that’s great as well. The great thing is you’ll focus on taking different sorts of courses and working with your professor to find the best major for you.

Something that I’ve loved doing at Middlebury is taking, trying out classes that are completely different from my major. Some of my favorite classes that I’ve taken at Mid have been within my neuroscience major, but some of them have been on things completely separate and completely different. For example, like History of Pakistan, or YouTube History and Culture. Professors here are really encouraging of you to try out new things and try out different classes, and they love to share their academic passions with students. Our most popular majors at Middlebury are economics, computer science, political science, and neuroscience. And advisors here can be a great source of inspiration and guidance throughout your four years at Middlebury, both for your major and to explore different academic passions.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this institution and to give you a little clue about what your academic advising might look like. The way that liberal arts means making sense of the human experience, please also remember that your advisor, your first-year seminar advisor, then subsequently your academic advisor, are here to help you make sense of your college experience, your entry into being a scholar, and ultimately a purposeful person in the world. So, in your third semester, you will declare your major. But prior to that, your first-year seminar instructor will serve as your academic advisor. He or she will tell you how to expand your vision of not only the academic experience, but yourself. They may nudge you to take courses in something that might make you feel a little uncomfortable, or they may point you in the direction of something that may expand your horizons. And then in your third semester, once you declare your major, you’ll have an academic advisor who’ll help you hone in on the question that will ultimately propel you to a new understanding and a purposeful life in the world.

Follow Your Interests

Interested in the humanities and arts? STEM? Learning a language? Do you want to explore an interdisciplinary field like environmental studies? Do you envision a career in the social sciences?

The Middlebury curriculum is broad, deep, and flexible. Once here, you may decide to focus on a new area of study. You can engage in extracurricular pursuits like playing sports, writing for the student newspaper, or performing in a musical, and also participate in cocurricular activities, such as volunteering in the community, through our experiential learning centers, and much more. 

Such exploration and immersion is the essence of a liberal arts education. Here you have the time, space, and support to pursue the many interests that appeal to you!

Designing Your Education

From your first-year seminar to your senior work, you can create an academic experience entirely your own at Middlebury. Explore the subjects you love and discover some new ones you’ve never considered. Now is the time to do it, and Middlebury makes it possible.

Academic advising is central to the undergraduate experience. It’s an ongoing conversation between students and faculty, beginning with your earliest days on campus and lasting over the years as you plan for graduation and life after college. You’ll also find the resources you need in other areas—from tutoring and writing help to planning and time management. The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research is a wealth of peer and professional support. The Registrar’s Office is also a great source of useful information.

Middlebury and the World

  • Middlebury has been offering immersion language learning from beginner to graduate level for more than 100 years. Each summer we welcome students from all walks of life and all parts of the world who want to study one of our 13 languages in an intensive and immersive environment. 

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  • The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, offers graduate programs that prepare students for professional roles in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. Its career-oriented degrees provide intentional focus on developing skills and implementing practical solutions worldwide.

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  • With 37 schools in 17 countries, students experience total immersion in the language and culture of their choice—an authentic experience at a local academic institution, engagement with the community, and personal discoveries.

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  • Centrally located in Washington, D.C., these offices serve as a place for the entire Middlebury community to gather, learn, and network with experts here in the city, nationally, and internationally. We provide access to academic programming, educational events, and internship opportunities.

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Upcoming Events

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  • Weekly Politics Luncheon

    Students and the public are invited to attend this weekly nonpartisan discussion of recent political events, hosted by Professor Matthew Dickinson. Held on most Tuesdays from 12:30-1:20 pm EST. Check the calendar for dates. No expertise assumed. All viewpoints welcome.

    This is both an in-person and a virtual event. To register to attend via Zoom, please contact Prof. Dickinson.

    Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room

    Open to the Public
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    Lunch with Dance Artist jumatatu m. poe

    Join dance artist jumatatu m. poe for a casual conversation about art making and life over lunch. Lunch provided, but please click on the related url to register! Registration needed by March 15th. Open to Middlebury students, faculty, and staff.

    Mahaney Arts Center Lower Lobby

    Closed to the Public
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    Catherine Grant: Videographic Criticism as Cryptographic Film and Moving Image Studies

    Making video essays can often feel as much of a mysterious process as a scholarly or critical one. Weird things can often happen in the process of editing together sequences from films, television and audiovisual media; curious coincidences, felicitous discoveries, and striking disclosures can often happen because of the technical affordances of the editing platforms we use, or because of the the formal or aesthetic devices, dispositifs or audiovisual interfaces we construct.

    Axinn Center 232

    Open to the Public
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    Sorrow, Tears and Blood: The Enduring Legacy of the Afrobeat Prophet

    Fela Anikulapo Kuti remains the most critical politically focused artist in African music history. This presentation will examine Kuti’s 1977 album, Sorrow, Tears and Blood, which serves as a focal point for his musical and political development. With Nigeria on the verge of a historic presidential election, this presentation takes stock of the conditions under which everyday Nigerians live through the soundscape and messages of the album. 

    This event is immediately followed by “The Huddle and The Higher Ground” (see separate listing).

    Mahaney Arts Center 221

    Open to the Public
  • "What Can Digital Composition Provide for Historical Narration?” Talk by Shahzad Bashir of Brown University

    “This talk will focus on the ideas and processes that went into creation of the multimodal digital monograph A New Vision for Islamic Pasts and Futures (MIT Press, 2022). I will emphasize that successful digital composition requires a close connection between the argument one wishes to make regarding one’s topic (in my case the relationship between Islam and time) and possibilities available in digital representation.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public