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. Successful completion of a thematic minor will be recorded on your official transcript.
African studies • the ancient world • Arabic and Islamic studies • arts of London and Florence • the arts: theory and practice • Asian studies • black studies • the book • Central American culture and society • cinema studies • concepts of human nature • contemporary French studies • education studies • environmental issues • feminist and gender studies • German studies • India studies • Italian studies • journalism • Latin American studies • linguistics • medieval studies • Mexico today • modern Greece and its background • museum studies • myth and folklore • nonviolence • North American studies • psychoanalysis: theories of the unconscious • race and ethnic studies • Renaissance studies • resource systems in the American West • revolutions • urban studies
See descriptions, requirements, and advisors for thematic minors. If you find a minor you are interested in, we encourage you to explore it further by discussing it with the appropriate advisor.
Create Your Own Thematic 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
- One course in your major department at most, and then only if it relates directly to the theme of the minor
- An integrative experience, planned in advance with an Advisor. 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.
- 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.