Understanding the Curriculum
To graduate, you must complete a minimum of 128 credits, 64 of which must be taken at Mount Holyoke during your sophomore, junior, and senior years. Two of the last three years must be spent on the Mount Holyoke campus. One of the last three years may be spent in an academic program at another institution. To receive a Mount Holyoke College degree, you must have a minimum average of 2.0, meet the College and distribution requirements, and complete the requirements of a major and minor.
Can a single course be used to fulfill the requirements of both...
- A major and a second major: No
- A major and a minor (regardless of whether departmental, interdisplinary, Nexus, thematic, or special minor): No
- A major and a Five College certificate: Yes
- A minor and a Five College certificate: Yes
- The Multicultural Perspectives requirement and any other requirement: Yes
- Any distribution requirement and a major: Yes
- Any distribution requirement and a minor: Yes
(Find complete requirement details in the Course Catalogue.)
Majors and Minors
While you are not expected to declare your major until the second semester of your sophomore year, keep in mind that Mount Holyoke students are required to complete not only a major but also a minor. In place of a minor you can complete one of the Five College Certificate Programs. You will not be required to declare your minor until the spring of your junior year. More information about major and minor requirements can be found in the Catalogue.
Students should earn 6 physical education units by the end of the junior year, starting from the first year. Four units are required for sophomore transfer students; 2 units for junior transfer students. Physical education units are not academic credits and do not count toward the 128 academic credits required to graduate.