Departments & Majors

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Amherst College Majors

*Separate majors within a single department.
** Program major
Δ The Classics department offers four majors: Greek, Latin, Classics and Classical Civilization.
A student may petition to become an Anthropology-Sociology major.


Five College Department Major

Interdisciplinary Majors

After submitting a formal proposal and obtaining faculty approval, a student may construct an interdisciplinary major. Learn more...

Creative Writing Center

Amherst does not offer a major in creative writing, but the Creative Writing Center, in conjunction with various departments, provides courses in the writing of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fictional prose and translation.

Independent Scholar Program

With faculty approval, a limited number of students may participate in the Independent Scholar Program, usually in the junior or senior year, in lieu of a traditional major program. Independent Scholars plan a personal program of study under the direction of a tutor. Students must be nominated for the program by a member of the faculty. Learn more...

Other Courses and Programs

Amherst participates in a variety of Five College programs, including 11 certificate programs, supervised independent and mentored language programs, and two shared departments.

Additionally, Amherst offers a wide variety of colloquia and seminars, including first-year seminars.

Sculpture class

Course Catalogs

Explore the breadth and variety of Amherst’s open curriculum in our 850+ courses, as well as courses offered through the Five College Consortium.