About Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University is a 4-year institution of higher learning located in Middletown, Connecticut. Middletown is a mid-sized manufacturing city situated along the Connecticut River. Some of Middletown¡¦s main attractions include readings at Broad Street Books, cultural events at the Buttonwood Tree, music, theater and dance performances at the Center for the Arts, and the Connecticut aMAIZEing MAZE, two miles of winding paths in a living, growing cornfield, with a different theme each year. General Mansfield House is a restored 1810 Federal-style home with exhibits of Civil War artifacts and decorative art. Harbor Park is located on the bank of the Connecticut River, and serves as the background for Wesleyan¡¦s annual Black Arts Festival in the spring. Outdoor enthusiasts can visit the Mattabesett Blue Trail and hike up ledges to caves and views of the city or climb Bear Hill. The nearby community of Deep River is the home to Deep River Navigation and Mark Twain Cruises, providing Fall foliage cruises from Middletown, sightseeing excursions from Old Saybrook and Hartford, Summer-Fall sunset cruises, and Winter-Spring nature cruises. Another nearby community, East Hampton, is home to Hurd State Park, an 884 acre-park on the east side of the Connecticut River offering opportunities for hiking, fishing, picnicking, and cross-country skiing.
Wesleyan offers a 4-year BA degree program in film studies. The program explores the motion picture in a unified manner, combining cultural, historical, and formal analysis with filmmaking at beginning and advanced levels. Students must successfully complete both History of World Cinema to the 1960s and Introduction to Film Analysis with a minimum grade of B+ by the middle of the sophomore year for admission into the program. To fulfill the major, students must also satisfactorily complete one basic production course, either Virtual Filmmaking or Sight and Sound, a Senior Seminar, and a minimum of six electives. That is a total of least ten Film Studies courses required to fulfill the major. Some of the available electives include Film Noir, Early Cinema and the Rise of the Hollywood Feature, Melodrama and the Woman¡¦s Picture, Television: The Domestic Medium, and Classical Film Theory. Additional electives include screenwriting and advanced filmmaking. Film studies majors are not required to complete honors projects to fulfill their major program of study, but may choose to complete a project if they so desire. The project can take the form of a written history thesis, a screenplay, a 16mm film, a digital video, or a virtual filmmaking project.
The office of financial aid at Wesleyan University is committed to enabling the best qualified students to attend, regardless of financial circumstances. That is why Wesleyan's financial aid program awards assistance solely on the basis of financial need. No aid is based on academic merit, athletic ability or special talents. Some Wesleyan students may receive special scholarships from endowed or restricted Wesleyan funds. After eligibility for other grants is determined, any remaining need is met with a Wesleyan Scholarship. These grants are funded from restricted and unrestricted institutional sources.
Wesleyan currently offers more than 200 student organizations covering a range of interests, including martial arts, outdoor activities, community tutoring, a cappella singing, literary magazines, theater and dance troupes, WESU-radio, political organizations, and ethnic interest and support groups. New groups are formed constantly in response to student interest. Virtually all extracurricular organizations and service projects are student-run. There are also twenty nine varsity teams, eleven club sports teams, and nine intramural sports available for student participation. In addition to these student activities, Wesleyan offers many student services including a Career Resource Center, the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism, the Office of International Student Affairs, and the Office of Student Services and Campus Programs.