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.