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).
Bryn Mawr College
Claremont McKenna College
College of the Holy Cross
Franklin & Marshall College
Harvey Mudd College
Mount Holyoke College
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
United States Air Force Academy
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of Richmond
Washington and Lee University
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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