Posted by: Dave Richeson | August 16, 2012

Mathematics departments at liberal arts colleges

I’m often curious about how other mathematics departments do things—how they structure their curriculum, run the Putnam Exam, handle research projects, etc. This invariably leads to a lot of web searching. So I decided to put together a collection of links to mathematics departments at schools like mine (a small liberal arts college). Because I thought others might like this resource, I decided to share the list here.

Here are links to the mathematics departments of top liberal arts colleges in the US (I used the top 60 schools as reported by US News in 2011).

Amherst College
Bard College
Barnard College
Bates College
Beloit College
Bowdoin College
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Carleton College
Centre College
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Colgate University
College of the Holy Cross
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Davidson College
Denison University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Franklin & Marshall College
Furman University
Gettysburg College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lawrence University
Macalester College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Reed College
Rhodes College
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
Scripps College
Sewanee University
Skidmore College
Smith College
Swarthmore College
Trinity College
Union College
United States Air Force Academy
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of Richmond
Vassar College
Wabash College
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College
Whitman College
Williams College
Willamette University


Responses

  1. We’re not literally among these schools, but in spirit you’re our compadres: http://www.gvsu.edu/math/
    Unfortunately our website doesn’t show all the goodies. Stuff like @mattboelkin’s free calc text, @roberttalbert’s writing and flipping, and math ed shenanigans from @delta_dc and myself.

    • I know! I could have kept going and going. I’m sure I’ve left out a lot of good schools/programs. Thanks for the link.

  2. Dave,
    As a former chair of a school on the list, I know that your list could have been very useful any number of times. I’ve also wondered if the chairs (or representatives) of these schools might find a ‘meet and greet’ at the annual meetings interesting/useful. Thanks for the work you put in on this.
    Dick Bedient
    Hamilton College
    Your very own Alma mater!

    • Hi, Dick! That would be neat. I’ve often wished there was a list-serv dedicated to math departments at liberal arts colleges. Wouldn’t it be convenient to fire off a question to that group? “What textbook do you recommend for ____?” “Does your major have a capstone course?” Etc., Etc.

      • I second this thought. Someone should arrange something.

      • Do people still sign up for list-servs? They seem to be out-of-fashion, but I don’t know if there’s a good replacement. What do you think? Maybe—as much as I don’t want to say it—a FB page?

  3. You seem to be missing Williams College: http://math.williams.edu/

    • Yikes! I was missing Williams and the rest of the W’s. They somehow got lost when I transferred the list to the blog. Thanks! It is fixed now.

  4. I graduated from Lawrence a year ago in math. From what I’ve been able to gather from math friends from other schools, Lawrence structures its math major a bit differently from most schools (maybe most liberal arts schools also?). Since it’s on trimesters, the Calc sequence is completed freshman year, you take a bridge course first term sophomore year (applied combinatorics, intro to probability and statistics, or differential equations with linear algebra), then take intro group theory 2nd term and intro real analysis 3rd term. After that you take whatever upper level courses you want (making sure you take enough to get the degree).


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