Academics at Mount Holyoke

Mount Holyoke exists to open minds. It’s where you explore new ideas, let your imagination run wild, debate vigorously and have the freedom to examine any topic or issue — no matter how controversial or polarizing. And like the brave, bold women who have come before you, we promise you this: After four years, everything will be different — including you.

Liberal Arts and STEM: Making Impact

The oldest of the Seven Sister colleges, we are a noted leader in liberal arts education with a mission grounded in the conviction that women can — and should — make a difference in the world. The learning landscape at Mount Holyoke is shaped as much by curiosity and intensity as it is by collaboration and guidance. Here you’ll find people who brim with passion.

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Mount Holyoke is a leader in STEM

Thirty-five percent of our students major in STEM — a significantly higher proportion of women than at coeducational institutions.
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The Arts at Mount Holyoke

Whether you want to pursue a career in the arts or simply experience the challenge of something new, there's a place in the MHC arts community for you.
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The Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab

Our 8,000-square-foot, fully loaded lab offers you the space and tools to test ideas and make new things — and make things new.

What do you want to study?

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48 departmental and interdepartmental majors

Biology, politics and psychology are among the top five. Our fastest growing major? Computer science. Our newest? Data science.
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Top Majors: What makes them popular?

There are many opportunities for study at Mount Holyoke. Learn more about some of the most popular majors.
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Professional and Graduate Education

We offer three graduate programs and 10 professional development institutes and over 100 graduate-level classes to choose from.

Enhance Your Learning

Dive deep into a subject and build specific expertise in your field. Our Lynk initiative provides funding for every student to complete a paid internship or research project — domestic or abroad. Work across disciplines in your classes and through independent study.

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The Lynk: Curriculum to career

Rigorous coursework. A paid internship for every student. Research immersion. Languages. Performance. You’ll integrate your learning deeply here.
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Nexus: Connect your courses to career goals

Create an individual program of study combined with an internship experience and present at the Learning from Application (LEAP) Symposium.
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Leadership and Public Service

Public service sets you up to be a part of the solution through internships, workshops, seminars, site visits and the MHC Semester in D.C.

Faculty Research and Mentorship

Mount Holyoke’s faculty are active scholars, research scientists and creative artists who are passionate about their disciplines and their teaching. In small classes they will lead you to debate and discuss, challenging you and your classmates. You will be pushed to think critically and become a fearless advocate for yourself and what you believe in. Learn not just to face change, but to lead it.

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Princeton Review: Mount Holyoke faculty #1

Mount Holyoke College faculty were ranked No. 1 in “Professors Get High Marks” by The Princeton Review
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Meet our newest faculty

Mount Holyoke faculty love teaching. They bring bring innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship to the College’s thriving intellectual community.
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Faculty News and Honors

Learn about the accomplishments as well as the many honors and awards received by Mount Holyoke faculty.

Learn about some of the research our faculty are doing

International Learning

Global competence is a must today, for citizenship and careers.  Study abroad in one of more than 150 programs in 50 countries. Whatever you choose — language immersion, field studies, or a traditional classroom-based experience — you can find a program that gives you a powerful personal and intellectual experience to advance your academics.

After Mount Holyoke

Mount Holyoke gets you where you want to go, in fields including medicine, law, business, social justice, communications, education and the arts. Within 10 years of graduating, nearly 80% of alums pursue an advanced degree at top-level institutions. Plus, you’ll join the most influential professional women’s network in the world: graduates of women’s colleges. Nearly 40,000 passionate Mount Holyoke alums around the globe are eager to welcome you to their midst.

Get to know some of our alums

Academic Centers 

Want to become an agent of change? The academic centers at Mount Holyoke empower you to become globally competent, environmentally responsible and ready to lead. Each center can connect you to internships, programs, funding — and most importantly, inspiration and vision.

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McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives

The McCulloch Center is a resource for Global entrepreneurship and education. Learn more.
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Weissman Center for Leadership

Explore and expand your leadership capacities through internships, courses, mentoring, and networking opportunities.
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Miller Worley Center for the Environment

The Miller Worley Center enables students to make connections that help them understand the concept of "environment" more broadly in their work and lives.