Search for Classes, available through the link above to anyone without login (and available within my.mtholyoke to logged-in faculty, staff and students) displays up-to-the-minute official information about the classes Mount Holyoke is offering for the current term and, towards the end of a semester, for the next term too. The Search for Classes displays all available information about the course sections scheduled for that term including their: meeting days/times, locations, instructors, enrollment capacities and enrollments, pre-requisites, course descriptions, etc. The Fall Schedule generally becomes available on April 1; the Spring schedule on Nov. 1, but always before Advising Week for the following semester. The Course Schedule is updated continuously as students register and as departments make schedule adjustments.
The Catalog and Bulletin is published in August each year for the new academic year. It provides an inventory of the College's curriculum, articulating requirements for the each major, minor or other area of study, summarizing key policies and services of the College, and listing the key attributes of courses in the course inventory at present -- including whether the department plans to offer them in this academic year. The catalog will not contain section-specific details such as the days and times when courses are offered, and it is not continuously updated as course plans change. Instead it serves as the formal portrait of the College's curriculum for the academic year. For up-to-the minute details about the course offerings for the current semester -- or, late in the semester, the next semester, use the Search for Classes instead.
For past catalogs, see the Catalog Archives page, which also has supplementary information from our previous course catalog database.
The Five College Course Schedule is updated nightly during registration periods. It provides a single searchable database of the course sections, offered by Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts, for which students may seek to register through the Five College Interchange. The information in it about Mount Holyoke courses is neither as detailed, complete or up-to-the-minute as the Search for Classes, but it is very useful for students and advisors investigating the course offerings of our partner institutions in the Five College Interchange.