One of the unique characteristics of Wellesley College is our network of vibrant and active academic “hubs.”
These centers of intellectual engagement provide an opportunity for students and faculty to come together in pursuit of learning and enrichment in various fields of inquiry. They offer the research opportunities and commitment to specific disciplines typical of larger universities, but do so within the more intimate setting of a small college.
The Centers at Wellesley College
Child Study Center
The Wellesley College Child Study Center is a laboratory preschool under the direction of the Psychology Department. Students and faculty can observe, conduct approved research, volunteer, or assistant teach in classes with children ages two to five.
Davis Museum and Cultural Center
Wellesley has one of the oldest and most acclaimed academic fine arts museums in the country. Founded more than 120 years ago by the first president of the College, and now housed in an architecture award-winning building, the Davis Museum and Cultural Center is characterized by collections and programs that span global history from Ancient times to yesterday.
Jewett Arts Center
Students can use the pianos, art studios, dark room, and other rooms. Student, faculty, and off-campus artists’ work is exhibited. Enjoy the Sculpture Court Gallery.
Knapp Media & Technology Center
Need to create a multimedia presentation? Learn how! Use the scanners, cameras, large format printers, editing suites, audio equipment, even a television studio.
Knapp Social Science Center
Instructional space for social sciences includes case-study classrooms, computer classrooms, seminar rooms, videoconferencing facilities, and an archaeology lab.
From the edge of the universe to the center of the atom, the Science Center is well equipped for research. Choose one of eight formal science majors, or design your own.
Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities
From the Center’s mission statement: “… the [Center] creates opportunities for intellectual risk-taking and the exchange of ideas among faculty and students.”
Wellesley Centers for Women
One of the world’s largest gender-focused research-and-action organizations, WCW is home to over 45 projects, 100 staff, and 40 Wellesley student employees. Housed in three buildings on campus, WCW puts women’s perspectives at the center of its policy-focused research, training programs, and scholarly publications.
Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Wellesley’s botanic gardens and greenhouses contain the most diverse collection of plants under glass in the Boston area. 600 species of plants. 3 resident tree frogs. Each year, the Greenhouses give away plants to first year Wellesley College students.