Beloit offers a variety of programs that supplement and complement its curriculum. The Initiatives program inspires and supports students through their first four semesters of college and includes New Student Days, a first-year interdisciplinary seminar, and optional courses designed to link each student with a peer group and an experienced professor/advisor who leads them toward their choice of major. Through the Initiatives program, Venture Grants are available the summer after students' second academic year, allowing them to pursue intellectually challenging activities that are self-testing or will benefit others and the campus community.
Advising Practicum, a full-day series of workshops and discussions held every semester before advising week, is designed to help students reflect on Beloit's educational opportunities and develop an academic plan tailored to individual interests and goals. The Upton Programs expose both economics majors and non-majors alike to the work of leading economic thinkers and then brings those economists to campus for an annual residency. The Weissberg Program in Human Rights prepares students to engage with issues surrounding human rights as well as promoting and defending these rights responsibly. Through the Weissberg Program, students have access to a network of alumni and experts and may apply for grants, scholarships, and a fellows program.
In summer, the Center for Language Studies offers intensive summer language instruction in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. The anthropology field training program has taken students to excavation sites from Colorado to Chile, and geology field expeditions include trips to Iceland, New Zealand, and Scotland. Each spring, students present their research at a conference-style Student Symposium event, and in the fall, International Symposium Day is a forum set aside for students to present research and projects they have conducted abroad. Beloit students serve on the editorial board of the Beloit Fiction Journal. The Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing brings well-known writers to campus to conduct writing workshops in residency. The Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB) serves as an incubator for student ventures in a variety of fields, with special emphasis on entrepreneurship in the fine arts.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Beloit offers undergraduate degree programs exclusively and confers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. There are more than 50 fields of study in 19 departments. Majors include: anthropology, art history, art (studio), biochemistry, biology (ecology, evolution, and behavioral; environmental; molecular, cellular, and integrative), business economics, chemistry (applied, biological, environmental), Chinese language and culture, classics, comparative literature, computer science, critical identity studies, dance, economics, education and youth studies, English (creative writing and literary studies), environmental studies, French, geology (environmental), German, health and society, history, interdisciplinary studies (self-designed), international relations, international political economy, Japanese language and culture, mathematics, media studies, modern languages and literatures, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, Russian, science for elementary teaching, sociology, Spanish, and theatre (performance, production).
Education certification (BA, BS): Children & schools (grades 1-8), Adolescents & schools (grades 9-12). Minors: African studies, American studies, ancient Mediterranean studies, anthropology, art & art history, Asian studies, biology, chemistry, computer science, critical identity studies, English, environmental studies, European studies, geology, health & society, history, interdisciplinary studies, journalism, Latin American & Caribbean studies, legal studies, mathematics, medieval studies, modern languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish), museum studies, music, performing arts, philosophy, physics, political science, religious studies, Russian studies.
Pre-professional programs: 3-2 engineering program; forestry and environmental management program; pre-law; and health professions programs.