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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. Successful completion of a thematic minor will be recorded on your official transcript.

Thematic Minors

African-American Studies •  African studies • the ancient worldArabic and Islamic studies arts of London and Florencethe arts: theory and practiceAsian studies  • the bookCentral American culture and societycinema studiesconcepts of human naturecontemporary French studieseducation studiesenvironmental issuesfeminist and gender studiesGerman studiesglobal health India studiesItalian studies journalismLatin American studieslinguisticsmedieval studies Mexico todaymodern Greece and its backgroundmuseum studiesmyth and folklorenonviolence North American studiespsychoanalysis: theories of the unconsciousrace and ethnic studiesRenaissance studiesresource systems in the American Westrevolutionsurban 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.