Understanding the Curriculum

Degree Requirements

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 2.00, meet the College and distribution requirements, and complete the requirements of a major.

Can a single course be used to fulfill the requirements of...

  • Both the first-year seminar requirement and any other requirement: Yes
  • Both the Multicultural Perspectives requirement and any other requirement: Yes
  • Any distribution requirement and a major, minor, Nexus or Five College certificate: Yes
  • Any distribution requirement and the Language requirement: No
  • Both a major and a second major: No
  • Both a major and a minor (regardless of whether departmental or interdisciplinary): No
  • Both a major and a Five College certificate or Nexus: Yes
  • Both a minor and a Five College certificate or Nexus: Yes

(Find complete requirement details in the Course Catalogue.)

Majors and Minors

You are not expected to declare your major until the second semester of your sophomore year, and you may also choose to pursue a second major, a minor, (but not both a second major and a minor) and/or one of the Five College certificate or Nexus programs.

Physical Education

Students are required to earn 4 physical education units by the end of their fourth semester at the College, and should begin working on this requirement in their first year. Physical education units are not academic credits and do not count toward the 128 academic credits required to graduate.