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Thematic Minors

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, no more than one unit 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. You may also be creative and design your own thematic minor. Your proposal must meet the following criteria:

  • Five or more units of courses in all, including courses in at least two departments other than the major, no more than one course in your major department 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. The proposal must be reviewed and approved by the Dean’s Advisory Committee. Forms for proposing an independent minor are available in the registrar’s office.
  • Successful completion of a thematic minor will be recorded on your official transcript. The minor is a valuable option and deserves your attention.