Students may choose a Thematic Minor during their sophomore year. Students fulfill the requirements of this minor by taking the gateway course for the topic, plus three more courses that span at least two disciplines or programs, including at least one course at the 300-level. Students choose from a list of courses provided for each minor. Other courses at Mount Holyoke College or the Five Colleges may be included with permission of the student’s advisor.
Each thematic minor is administered by a faculty committee. The committees for the thematic minors offered this year are:
- Comparative Empires
Professors Cocks (politics and critical social thought, chair) and Hashmi (international relations); Associate Professors Sumi (classics) and Martin (English and critical social thought); Assistant Professors Datla (history) and Payne (history).
- Comparative Literature and Transnational Studies
Associate Professor Crumbaugh (Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American studies and film studies), Alderman (English and critical social thought, chair), Markovits (politics), Rundle (theatre arts and gender studies)
Professors Fine (religion and Jewish studies, chair), Lipman (history); Assistant Professors Schmeiser (economics), Adelman (economics); Visiting Assistant Professor Heller (gender studies)
- Interdisciplinary Minor: Conceptual Foundations of Science
Professors Lass (anthropology), Peterson (physics and mathematics), Rachootin (biological sciences, chair); Associate Professors Cotter (chemistry, cochair), Farnham (environmental studies), Mitchell (philosophy); Assistant Professor Singer (English, cochair)
Associate Professors Gundermann (Spanish and gender studies, chair), Ballesteros (computer science); Assistant Professors Douglas (psychology), Rundle (theatre arts and gender studies)
- War and Society
Professors Ferraro (politics), Hashmi (international relations), Khory (politics), Remmler (German studies, chair), Schwartz (history); Associate Professors Frau (Italian), Western (international relations); Senior Lecturer Glasser (English)