This section contains an overview of the college's history, the academic program, the campus and student body; information on admission, fees and financial aid; graduate programs; and a key for deciphering course listings. Select a section from the dropdown menu to start.
This section details instructors, requirements for the majors and minors, and course offerings for the year (the data is updated annually). The Search for Courses tab enables you to search for courses based on interests and criteria. This tab will enable you to identify if a course can count toward a major, minor, concentration or a certificate.
Select a department or program from the dropdown menu.
All majors offered at Smith (through departments and programs) have requirements and a curriculum that students must complete. However, it is also important to identify what a student will know or be able to do at the completion of the major.
Departments and programs have articulated the learning goals for their disciplines, and they are all listed on the Departmental Learning Goals page.
Using the Catalog: Select a Tab to Start
General Information contains an overview of the college's history, the academic program, the campus and student body; information on admission, fees and financial aid; graduate programs; and a key for deciphering course listings.
Academic Programs includes information on all of the college's courses; majors, minors and concentrations; faculty directories; and requirements.
Course Search allows you to search a database of courses offered by Smith College. Information includes the course title, course description, department, subject, name of instructor(s), credits, meeting time, and curriculum distribution indication.Select one term.
Select all or credit number. Only applicable credit numbers display in drop-down list.
Enter course number. The search selects all course numbers that include the entered course number. For example, entering course number 24 would select course number 246. Yearlong courses end in 'Y' or 'D'. To search for yearlong course enter just the number or the number followed by 'Y' or 'D'. This search is not case-sensitive. Partial course numbers can be entered.
Course Title or Keyword
Search for a word or phrase in a course title. This search is not case-sensitive. Partial course titles can be entered.
Course listings in this catalog indicate in curly brackets which area(s) of knowledge a given course covers. Please note that certain courses do not indicate any designation as decided by the department, program or instructor involved. Students who wish to become eligible for Latin Honors at graduation must elect at least one course (normally four credits) in each of the seven major fields of knowledge. (If a course is less than four credits but designated for Latin Honors, this will be indicated.)
The search will return courses with any one of the selected distributional groups. For example, if you select distributional groups Literature and Mathematics, you will select courses in Literature or courses in Mathematics or courses in Literature and Mathematics.
Writing Intensive available
Certain courses in Smith College place special emphasis on writing in one or more sections. These courses have the designation "Writing Intensive". Each first-year student is required, during her first or second semester at Smith, to complete at least one writing-intensive course.
The Course Catalog Search Results displays the course section listing selected from the search criteria. Click on a course title for full information and description. Click on a department to view complete departmental listings.