On the Forefront of Innovation in Higher Education

July 20, 2016

The four new interdisciplinary colleges created during Wesleyan’s THIS IS WHY campaign allow students to make connections across boundaries, deepening their understanding and sharpening their critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. Along with Wesleyan’s new Center for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI), massive online courses (MOOCs), and the opening of The Workshop, a new student-run arts collective, they are four of the many reasons why Wesleyan will continue to be on the forefront of innovation in higher education in the 21st century.

    • Environmental studies is a multidisciplinary field that examines human interaction with the environment in order to comprehend, evaluate, communicate and solve a broad range of environmental issues. The College of the Environment (COE) addresses the most important challenges facing current and future generations of humans: the quality of the environment and the allocation of dwindling natural resources among populations.

    • Bringing together Wesleyan’s highly regarded Film Studies Department with the Center for Film Studies, the Cinema Archives, and the Wesleyan Film Series, the College of Film and the Moving Image (CFILM) is the reason why Wesleyan is consistently ranked as one of the country’s top film schools.

    • Tomorrow's scientists will face challenging problems in such diverse areas as energy, public health and the environment. The core goal of Wesleyan's College of Integrative Sciences (CIS) is to equip students with the creative and quantitative interdisciplinary skills to address and develop solutions for current and emerging global challenges in science and technology.

    • Bringing together Wesleyan’s Asian Languages and Literatures Department, the East Asian Studies Program and the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, the College of East Asian Studies (CEAS) promotes engagement with the histories, cultures and contemporary role of East Asia across the campus, curriculum and broader community, challenging students through language study, broad knowledge of East Asia and focused perspective on a particular feature of the East Asian landscape.


In February, students gathered to celebrate the opening of The Workshop, a student-run art space in the basement of Hewitt 8.