Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can the Thematic Minor count as required work outside of the major field of study?
Yes, a thematic minor fulfills the college requirement for required work outside of the major field of study.

Q: Can I “double-dip” so that the courses for the major also count for the Thematic Minor?
No. You may, however, count courses taken for distribution requirements outside the major toward the requirements for the Thematic Minor.

Q: How do I plan for a Thematic Minor?
Each Thematic Minor requires you to take the designated gateway course designed for sophomores before you can declare your Thematic Minor. Once you have completed the gateway course, you may choose the three remaining courses toward the Thematic Minor in consultation with the director of the Thematic Minors Program or with the chair of the specific theme.

Q: I am not a sophomore. May I take the gateway course?
: In some cases, juniors or first-year students may take the gateway course with permission of the course instructor(s).

Q: What is the difference between a Thematic Minor and other requirements outside the major, such as the departmental minor or the Nexus?
The Thematic Minor is not attached to one specific department or interdisciplinary program. Rather, it enables students to explore a theme from a variety of perspectives across the disciplines. It requires a sophomore gateway course, but does not require an experiential component, such as an internship or research project.

Q. Can I list the Thematic Minor on my transcript in addition to a double major and/or other work outside the major, such as a Five College Certificate or a Nexus?
No. You can only list a maximum of two areas of concentration on your transcript. You may opt for a thematic minor in addition to a double major or other work outside the major, but remember that it will not be listed on your transcript, unless you choose to do so in place of one of your majors or the other work outside the major.