Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a small private university in Middletown, Connecticut. Originally an all-male Methodistcollege, its first attempt at co-education lasted from 1872 to 1912; the departure of the female students led directly to the foundation of nearby Connecticut College. Women were readmitted to Wesleyan in the early 1970s, and it is now completely secular. Perhaps best known for the liberal arts, it does also offer a wide variety of sciences, which dominate the graduate programs available. It is one of the "Little Three" along with Amherst College and Williams College. The college is well known for its social activism and also its high percentage of students from minority backgrounds. It was a pioneer in world music one of the first American universities outside of Los Angeles and New York City to offer a program in Film Studies.