In the spring of 1847, Mrs. Wheaton’s personal appeal brought a new principal to the Seminary: Elizabeth A. Cate, a long-time friend of Martha Vose from their days at Bradford Academy.
1847 - 1849Elizabeth A. Cate
1851 - 1911Mary Jane Cragin
Mary Jane Cragin, an innovative teacher of geometry, natural philosophy and astronomy, was hired by Mrs. Metcalf, who tried always to have at least one Normal School graduate among the members of her faculty. She wished the Seminary to have… Read More »
Lucy Larcom was hired by Mrs. Metcalf in 1854, and introduced the study of English Literature at Wheaton. Famed as a poet, author, and editor, Larcom is remembered for her autobiography A New England Girlhood, still in print, in which… Read More »
1873Courses Offered to Alumnae
A program of continuing education through home study is offered to alumnae in the subjects of literature, history, natural science, music, and drawing.
1882Chemistry Class Experiments With Photography
The chemistry class experiments with photography for the first time.
1983The Balanced Curriculum
Wheaton publishes Toward A Balanced Curriculum which combines the theoretical aspects of integrating women’s studies with more practical tools such as bibliographies, course descriptions, and guidelines.
2002New Curriculum Approved
A new curriculum is approved with ten goals: Elegance; Collaboration; Rigor; Stronger majors; Exploration; Better distribution; Effective assessment; Infusion bringing together gender, race and religion; Connections creating shared disciplines among classes; Foundations creating core literacies.
2007 - 2014Wheaton 2014
Wheaton 2014: Transforming Lives to Change the World.