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Carleton College, Minnesota

Carleton College, Minnesota

About Carleton College

Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a small, private liberal arts college in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota. Best known for its academic excellence and warm, welcoming campus community, Carleton offers 37 majors and 15 concentrations in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Carleton at a Glance

  • Location: Northfield, Minnesota, population 20,000
  • Nearest cities: Minneapolis and St. Paul (40 miles)
  • Enrollment: 2,023 students (fall 2013)
  • Demographics: 47% men, 53% women; 90% live on campus
  • Calendar: Trimester (Three ten-week terms)
  • Areas of Study: 37 majors, 15 concentrations
  • Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Average class size: 18 (64% of classes have fewer than 20 students)
  • Campus: 1,040 acres including an 880-acre arboretum
  • Religious affiliation: None
  • Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913

A true liberal arts education

Carleton College is committed to providing a true liberal arts education, a curriculum that challenges our students to learn broadly and think deeply. Instead of training for one narrow career path, Carleton students develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in any walk of life.

"Classes here are not about simply memorizing information," says Anna H. Newman '11. "They are about leading you to a deeper understanding of the material."

The most important thing our students learn is how to learn for a lifetime. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, effective communication: these are the tools that transform a collection of facts and figures into a way of understanding the world.

Course Offered

  • African/African American Studies
  • African/African American Studies Concentration
  • American Music Concentration
  • American Studies
  • Archaeology Concentration
  • Art and Art History
  • Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Asian Language Courses (ASLL)
  • Chinese Courses (CHIN)
  • Japanese Courses (JAPN)
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry Concentration
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Cinema and Media Studies
  • Classics
  • Classics Courses (CLAS)
  • Greek Courses (GRK)
  • Latin Courses (LATN)
  • Cognitive Science Concentration
  • Computer Science
  • Cross-Cultural Studies Concentration
  • Dance
  • East Asian Studies Concentration
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Educational Studies Concentration
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies Concentration
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • French and Francophone Studies Concentration
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Relations Major
  • Japanese
  • Judaic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin American Studies Concentration
  • Linguistics
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Concentration
  • Middle Eastern Languages
  • Arabic Courses (ARBC)
  • Hebrew Courses (HEBR)
  • Middle Eastern Language Courses (MELA)
  • Music
  • Neuroscience Concentration
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Economy Concentration
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Russian
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • South Asian Studies Concentration
  • Spanish
  • Theater and Dance
  • Dance (DANC)
  • Theater Arts (THEA)
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Women's and Gender Studies Concentration
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