Thematic Minors - Colorado College

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Thematic minors focus your education on significant themes examined from several disciplinary perspectives. They reflect the belief of Colorado College that, in addition to the more specialized major, you need to gain experience in comparing and connecting ideas and approaches across the disciplines. For this reason, thematic minors are designed to end with an integrative experience in which you bring together much of what you have learned in the minor. The integrative experience may consist of a paper, a creative project, a block of independent study, or a special seminar shared by all participants in the minor. To enable you to gain different disciplinary perspectives at least two departments outside your major department must be represented in the minor. Only one of the five units in the minor may be a course in the department of your major, and it must be directly related to the theme or issue of the minor.

To assist you in selecting a minor we have prepared this Thematic Minors Index. It contains a description of all minors, the courses that satisfy the requirements of each minor, and the name of the advisor for each minor. If you find a minor you are interested in, we encourage you to explore it further by discussing it with the appropriate advisor. You may also be creative and design your own thematic minor. Your proposal must meet the criteria mentioned below:

Five or more units of courses in all, including courses in at least two departments other than the major; One course in your major department at most, and then only if it relates directly to the theme of the minor; and an integrative experience, planned in advance with an Advisor.

If the minor you propose includes study abroad, your minor must be approved before you leave.

Forms for proposing an Independent Minor are available from the Registrar. The proposal must be reviewed and approved by the Dean's Advisory Committee.

Successful completion of a Thematic Minor will be recorded on your official transcript. The minor is a valuable option and deserves your attention.