Follow your curiosity Academics

80+ Majors and Programs

If you revel in the posing of an insightful question just as much as an answer, you're in great company at Illinois Wesleyan.
With the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary learning experiences here, you'll develop habits of inquiry, clear communication and adaptable problem-solving that will empower you to go into the world with the skills that employers and graduate schools are seeking.

First-Year Experiences

Beginning in your first year, Illinois Wesleyan offers exceptional opportunities to interact with faculty and fellow students in meaningful ways while exploring topics beyond the classroom.

Signature Experiences

As you make your education your own, you'll have opportunities to marry your curiosity to distinctive, individualized projects - to make prospective employers and graduate schools sit up and take notice.

Research Opportunities

Discover a topic you're passionate about and take a deep dive into it, with a faculty mentor to challenge and guide you.

Go International

Choose from more than 700 study abroad programs spanning the globe, pursue an internship abroad (including Asia - all expenses paid), or take a May Term travel course, and keep your graduation goal on track.

May Term

This month-long experiential learning option allows students to focus on a single special-topic course - including travel options - designed to stretch traditional boundaries between in-class and out-of-class learning.

Digital Commons

Get your research in front of the eyes of the world. Our online collection of scholarly and creative work has surpassed 3 million worldwide downloads.

What makes IWU special?

You do. Individual faculty members do. You'll find a supportive community and the wings to explore world-spanning opportunities. We have lots of numbers to brag about, but you won't be just a number here - we know our students by name.

16 average class size
97% of full-time faculty
hold the highest degree in their field
133 Academic All-Americans

"The attention we get here at IWU is incredible... Now I get to pursue what I love at an institution where the faculty's primary focus is growing an individual. All of us are so different and I'm inspired by my classmates everyday."

Isaiah Rosales '19 Music Theatre Major
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