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Academics at DePauw

Forty-five majors, three music degree programs, five honors and fellows programs, plus experiential learning opportunities off campus and abroad – what more can a student ask for?

A Liberal Arts Education

Studying at DePauw is an opportunity to explore the subjects you’re curious about and open your mind to new paths and possibilities. Some students arrive on campus knowing exactly what they want – to be a doctor, an environmental policy analyst, a musician, a CEO. Others choose DePauw because they want to take some time to make up their minds. A liberal arts education means you can do both – exploring majors and minors even if you’ve got a specific path in mind. It means freedom to learn broadly and to delve deeply into material that interests you. 

Excellent Professors and Advisors

DePauw professors are nationally-funded researchers, published authors, experts in their fields. They are also dedicated teachers and advisors. Starting with the First-Year Experience, professors help students select courses. After the first year, students turn to professors as major advisors and for pre-law, pre-health, and graduate school advising. When it comes time to ask for recommendations for jobs or professional school, you’ll have no trouble finding faculty members eager to write letters on your behalf. 

Close Student-Faculty Interaction

A student-faculty ratio of 10:1 means loads of attention from professors. Class sizes average 17 to 18, and the vast majority have fewer than 20 students, so your professors will know your name. More than that, they will recognize your contributions and push you to improve as a thinker, writer, and communicator of ideas.

Honors & Fellows Programs

Talented students are offered specialized challenges and opportunities in DePauw’s five enhanced study programs.  The Honor Scholar program is an interdisciplinary journey for talented students who want the highest level of intellectual rigor, while four additional Fellows programs focus on management, media, science research, and the environment. 

These programs offer unique seminars, semester-long internships, research experiences and frequent opportunities to engage with leading scholars and industry leaders on and off campus. Each serves as an intellectual home for some of the nation’s brightest and most ambitious students. 

Read more about DePauw's Honors Scholar and Fellows Programs. 

Off-Campus Study

Nearly 40% of DePauw students study off-campus for a semester or a year during their four years. DePauw students are everywhere, as close far as South...

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Internships and Experiences Outside of the Classroom

Four out of five DePauw students prove to themselves and others the full scope of their talents and abilities by becoming involved in internship programs, some of which are...

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