Note from Dean Brown: Open Houses–Wed./Thurs., “Choosing Your Major” Workshop–Wed., 2nd Qtr. Courses

Dear 2017’ers,


This is a reminder that many departments and programs have scheduled OPEN HOUSES between Wed.,  Oct. 22 and Fri., Nov. 14. Click on Open House to view the schedule and any changes.  


On board this week are:

Wed. – FGSS and NS&B

 Thurs. — ENGL and SOC

Lunch or refreshments are provided.

Check schedule for their times and locations.


CHOOSING YOUR MAJOR WORKSHOP is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22 at 6 p.m. in Usdan 108.  Dean Brown and Persephone Hall from the Wesleyan Career Center will be there to suggest ways to approach or decide on your major and answer any questions you may have.  Grab your dinner and join us! 


Also, check out the Major Declaration Website for information about choosing and declaring a major during the sophomore year.  Check out “The Guide” for major exploration exercises and links to campus resources.   Department and program’s home websites and faculty members are great sources of information.  Questions about how the major fits into study abroad plans or possible careers should be directed to the Office of International Studies and Wesleyan Career Center, respectively.


SECOND-QUARTER COURSES:  If you have some time and want some more credit, take a look at these courses.  They begin this week. You have 5 business days to register for the courses by submitting an add/drop form (found in Dean’s Office or the Registrar’s).  Get the instructor’s and your faculty advisor’s approval and signature and then bring the form to me for final processing.  Check my email for a list of courses.

Hope you had a great fall break and are refreshed and energized for the rest of the semester!  Any questions?  Please see me.  Note that Wednesday evening office hours will be from only 5-6 p.m. due to the Choosing Your Major workshop.  Best, Dean Brown

Open Houses for Prospective Sophomore Majors — Oct. & Nov.

directionClick on the schedule below for Open Houses offered by departments and programs this fall semester.  Check out any major in which you think you might be interested so that you can get your questions answered!

There will be a “Choosing Your Major” workshop with Dean Brown and Persephone Hall of the Wesleyan Career Center on Wed., Oct. 22 from 6-7 p.m. in Usdan 108.  Grab your dinner and come join us to talk about academic direction and majors.


Open House Schedule Fall 2014

PSYC Open House for New Majors — 10/7 at noon

psychologyPSYC Open House:

Overview of the Psychology Major for New Majors

Oct. 7th (Tues.), 12-1pm, Judd 116

Sophomores interested in the psychology major are welcome to join!

Professor Andrea Patalano (Department Chair) will give a brief overview of the major including course requirements, cultural immersion and foreign language, and research experience and thesis writing. Much of the time will be devoted to answering individual student questions about major requirements so come with all your questions in hand.  At the beginning and end of the hour, Professor Patalano will also be available to sign forms (e.g., abroad forms, transfer of credit, etc.) and to look over your academic history (if you bring a copy) and to give advice about future directions.  Please taking advantage of this event for getting your questions answered about the major! Pizza will be provided.

PSYC Open House for Interested Majors! Tues., April 1, Noon-1 p.m.

psychologyInterested in the Psychology Major?
Q&A with the Department Chair
April 1st  (Tues.), 12-1 pm, Judd 116

Andrea Patalano (Department Chair), will be available to answer your questions and concerns about the psychology major (e.g., cultural immersion, foreign language, fulfillment of requirements, research experience, thesis writing, transfer credits, over subscription). She will also be available to sign forms (e.g., study abroad, transfer of credit).

This is the last meeting of the year. Pizza will be provided.

Helpful Psychology Major Guides

College of Letters Open House — Only March 3

thumbnailCAG0PBU6Dear Class of “17,

The COL will be hosting its Open House for prospective majors  in the COL library on Monday, March 3 at 4:15 p.m. at 41 Wyllys Ave. We had hoped to hold a second open house on Tuesday, March 4, but due to the rescheduling of a faculty meeting for that time, we will not be able to hold this second open house.    For those  who can’t make Monday, please feel free to be in touch with me if you have questions about the major and/or the application process. 

I look forward to seeing you or hearing from you,

Kari Weil, University Professor of Letters and Director, College of Letters

41 Wyllys Ave. #325, 860-685-2306


COL Open Houses — March 3 & 4, 4:15 p.m.

TO:                  Members of the Class of 2017

FROM:            Professor Kari Weil, Director, College of Letters

The College of Letters cordially invites you to attend one of their Open House receptions, which will be held on Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4 at 4:15 p.m. in the College of Letters Library, 41 Wyllys Ave.  I will speak briefly about the Program and a number of COL students and faculty will be on hand to answer questions.                          

The College of Letters is an interdisciplinary major in Western literature, philosophy, and history, with a required area of foreign language concentration, and a semester in residence abroad (usually in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, or Israel.)  To learn more about the COL, study abroad possibilities, and the application process please visit the COL website at:

Unlike most majors, COL begins in the fall of the sophomore year, which is why application for it must be made in the spring of your first year.

 This year the deadline for applications is Monday, March 24, the first day after  Spring vacation.  

I look forward to seeing you at the COL Open House.


AMST: Race and Citizenship in AMST– 2/10, 4:15 p.m.

Dear Frosh, 

I’m thrilled to announce a special RACE & CITIZENSHIP in AMST  faculty panel on Mon. Feb. 10, 4:15-6, Downey 113, featuring Professor J, Kehaulani Kauanui, Professor Amy Tang, Professor Laura Grappo, and me.  Amazing Almond Cookies From Lucibellos in New Haven and Fresh Apple Cider from Lyman’s Orchards in Middlefield will sweeten the food for thought. Please join us in this gathering of American Studies critical energy, especially if you’re considering looking into the critical power and scope of American Studies as a major.  AMST asks the big questions!

Best, Professor Pfister


Race and Citizenship in American Studies

 Joel Pfister, Amy Tang, Laura Grappo, J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

(Also featuring Great Almond Cookies and Fresh Apple Cider) 

Monday, February 10th, 4:15-6pm, Downey 113

Come learn what American Studies can tell us about race and citizenship.  Panelists will explore this crucial field in both historical and contemporary terms and discuss new research directions. Topics include settler colonialism and the structural legacy of slavery, Native Studies, Latin@ Studies, Asian American Studies, and comparative work with African American Studies. 

Joel Pfister has published five books and two are on American Indians:  Individuality Incorporated: Indians and the Multicultural Modern (2004) and The Yale Indian:  The Education of Henry Roe Cloud (2009).  These books explore how government policies and programs to “citizenize” (a popular word in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) diverse people called “Indians” were linked to gender construction, heteronormative family life, emotional life, “individualizing,” class formation, and, very important, real estate acquisition and the shaping of workers.  He is Chair of American Studies and Olin Professor of English and American Studies.  

Amy Tang has been Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Wesleyan since 2009. She teaches courses on contemporary Asian American literature and culture, on race and representation, and on literary and cultural theory. She is completing a book, Repetition and Race: Asian American Literature and the Politics of Form, which explores the relationship between aesthetic form and politics in the era of liberal multiculturalism. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University (2009) and a B.A. from Harvard University (1994). 

Laura Grappo began teaching at Wesleyan in American Studies in Fall 2013.  She came from Dickinson College, where she was an assistant professor of American Studies.  Grappo earned her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan in 2001 and her Ph.D. from Yale in 2011.  She is currently working on a book titled, Home and Other Myths: A Lexicon of Queer Inhabitation.  Grappo teaches courses in Latina/o Studies, Queer Studies, and cultural theory.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008). She is one of six founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, and is a current member of the American Studies Association National Council. Kauanui has also worked as producer and host of a public affairs radio program through WESU and widely syndicated, “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond.” She also collaborated with a group of Wesleyan students on an anarchist politics radio show, “Horizontal Power Hour,” which is now re-launching with a new team as “Anarchy on Air” in February 2014.

Sponsored by the American Studies Department and the American Studies Majors Committee



PSYC Open House for prospective Majors — Feb. 4 at noon

Cultural Immersion Abroad and at Home

Feb. 4th (Tues.), 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Judd 116

Pizza will be provided

Prospective Majors, bring your questions and concerns.

Office of International Studies – Carolyn Sorkin, Director

Krishna Winston, Director; Jelisa Adair, Civic Engagement; Diana Martinez, Coordinator

Chair of the Psychology Department – Andrea Patalano 

Helpful info on the major:

CSS Open House — Feb. 6; Apps due Feb. 10


An Invitation from the Students and Tutors in the College of Social Studies

Join current College of Social Studies students and tutors for an Information Session to be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 , from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., in the PAC 4th Floor Lounge.  Here’s your opportunity to ask questions to a panel of current students and tutors, and to learn what we might have to offer you as a major.  Refreshments will be served.  To learn more about the College of Social Studies visit

If you attended the open house held in November 2013, it is not necessary for you to attend again as the information provided at that time is repeated for those student who were unable to attend the first info session..

The College of Social Studies will be accepting applications from February 6thth at 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. on February 10th at which time the application link will be deactivated.  Applications submitted after the day and time indicated cannot be considered.   To access the application use the link provided.


Mickie Dame, College of Social Studies, (860) 685-2240