Requirements and Topics

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.

Faculty Committees

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)
  • Food
    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)
  • Memory
    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)