Academic Resources

Dean of the College

The Dean of the College oversees the administration of educational policies, regulations, and decisions of the faculty and faculty committees. The office is also responsible for general academic advice regarding transfers, leaves of absence and withdrawals, special majors, Five College courses, and fellowships. The dean of the College chairs the Academic Administrative Board and works collaboratively with the class deans.

Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS)

Mount Holyoke is one of the nation's first undergraduate institutions to have merged its library and computing services. The result is Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS), which combine the College's vast library, computing, foreign language, and media resources, and electronic services.

Mount Holyoke is nationally recognized for integrating technology throughout academic and cocurricular life, and LITS plays a critical role. With more than 65 staff members, LITS provides extraordinary support to students, faculty, and staff as they explore the information and technology opportunities across campus.

International Affairs/Study Abroad

Deans are available in this office to offer advice about study abroad. They can talk to you about program selection, application procedures, requirements, and deadlines. The office maintains a resource library with information about programs and also holds informational meetings. If you have particular questions or concerns, you may arrange an appointment with one of the deans.

AccessAbility Services

For students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder, this office is an important resource. Students can work with the Director of Accessibility Services to create reasonable accommodations related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The staff provides one-on-one counseling and instructional workshops on learning skills and time management. Psychoeducational testing for learning disabilities is available for a fee.

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership

The Weissman Center for Leadership (WCL) advances students' abilities to become effective agents of change in their chosen professions and communities. The center collaborates with faculty, students, alumnae, student organizations, and College offices to advance initiatives that engage students critically with important problems; that foster their commitment to public and civic life; that build their abilities to analyze, argue, and promote their views; and that increase women's preparation to take action and bring about positive change.

The WCL promotes active-learning pedagogical strategies that enhance students' ability to think independently and analytically, to participate in informed and vigorous discussion, to grapple with uncertainty and complexity, and to work in groups across difference. In particular, the WCL focuses on teaching students to speak, argue, and write effectively—through the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program (SAW), and to apply theory judiciously toward the solution of real problems—through the Community-Based Learning Program (CBL) and the case method.

To enhance the understanding of important issues of public concern and the possibilities for solutions and action, the WCL focuses on a specific public problem each semester. It promotes different educational activities to increase awareness and understanding of the critical problems of our times and to engage the whole community, on and off campus, in discussions about feasible solutions.

Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program (SAW)

The Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program is designed to assist even the most accomplished students in strengthening their critical thinking, speaking, arguing, and writing abilities. The program sponsors speaking- and writing-intensive courses across the disciplines. You can also take advantage of more general SAW resources, which include a mediated classroom studio for planning oral presentations, a library of support materials, and workshops focusing on speaking, writing, and thinking in a variety of contexts. Sessions with trained student assistants can be scheduled for working on writing and speaking tasks at any stage.

Career Development Center (CDC)

For many students, the Career Development Center is an invaluable source of academic, as well as career, advice. You can consult with CDC counselors about everything from selecting a major and minor to finding a summer or January Term internship that connects to your studies or special interest. The CDC is also an important resource for fellowship and graduate school advising and on-campus employment. We encourage you to visit the CDC from your first year at Mount Holyoke.