Reed College is a coeducational, nonsectarian college of the liberal arts and sciences. Classes typically resemble conferences rather than lectures, which is made possible by a low student-to-faculty ratio. All freshmen year students take a compulsory humanities course, designed to give students a grounding in the Classics. The college offers 40 majors, of which 15 are interdisciplinary. There is also a de-emphasis on grades at Reed with a more narrative style of assessment.