Nexus/Lynk FAQ

Who has to take College 211?

Nexus students are required to take College 211. Students who receive Lynk funding are not required to take College 211, however it is one option for Lynk-funded students who need to complete 2 credits of reflective coursework and a public presentation about their internship.

Can I do a Nexus without completing College 211?

No. College 211 and LEAP are requirements of the Nexus program.

What is the difference between Nexus and Lynk?

The Nexus program offers interdisciplinary concentrations in 9 professional areas. A Nexus is designed like a minor with 16 credits of coursework. Students take 12 credits above 100-level and must include at least one 300-level course. In addition, Nexus students take College 211 for 2 credits and are required to present at LEAP Symposium.

The Lynk provides funding for qualified internships or research. It provides pre-internship preparation, post-internship reflection, and provides career advising, networking and goal development.

If I get Lynk funding is College 211 required?

No. The Lynk requires participation in a 2-credits of sustained reflection which can be College 211 or a departmental capstone course or an independent study. You must also complete a presentation on your experience. LEAP is one option. Others include Senior Symposium or another approved event. The Career Development Center determines which events satisfy the Lynk requirement.

What are the Lynk alternatives to College 211?

A departmental capstone course, or an independent study can meet the 2 credit requirement. Senior Symposium or other approved events can meet the presentation requirement.

Can I present at LEAP without taking College 211?

No. College 211 assignments and activities are required to do collective reflection and to form the interdisciplinary panels for LEAP.

Can I take College 211 without presenting at LEAP?

No. LEAP is a fundamental element of College 211.

Can I take College 211 more than once?

Yes. You can audit the course if it is your second time. You will not receive academic credit for auditing. Email nexus-wm@mtholyoke.edu to find out how.

What is involved in auditing College 211?

Auditors are expected to attend all class meetings and are forgiven all assignments except those related directly to LEAP preparation. Auditors will not receive academic credit for College 211.

Does auditing College 211 count for Lynk?

Yes.

What are the requirements for Nexus?

A Nexus is 18 credits. This includes 16 credits of coursework: 12 credits above 100-level and at least one 300-level course approved by the Nexus track chair. In addition, Nexus students take College 211 for 2 credits and are required to present at LEAP Symposium.

How can I be sure my Nexus is done for graduation?

You can email nexus-wm@mtholyoke.edu or contact Eleanor Townsley, Director or Katie Walker, Coordinator.

How do I find an internship for my Nexus?

Handshake is a great starting point. Other good resources are the Career Development Center, your faculty advisor and/or Nexus Track Chair, the Nexus Coordinator or Director.

Can College 211 meet Practical Training?

Yes, College 211 can meet the requirements for Practical Training for international students.

Can auditing meet Practical Training?

Under some circumstances, auditing College 211 can meet the requirements for Practical Training for international students. Email the Nexus Director for details.

What if my internship requires academic credit?

College 211 can meet your employer's requirement for academic credit. The CDC can provide a letter to your employer explaining how credit is awarded.