College Courses

Overview

College Courses are liberal arts courses taught outside of departments or programs.

Course Offerings

COLL-110 Science in the World

Fall. Credits: 1

This 1-credit seminar is especially designed for students transferring to Mount Holyoke to pursue a major in the sciences or mathematics. The course will connect new transfer students to people and resources that will help them to fully engage in the sciences at Mount Holyoke and provide a space to practice the modes of discourse common to upper-level science and math courses. We explore interdisciplinary topics such as the biology of stress, and learn about science opportunities (including internships) and effective strategies for excelling in science and math courses. We use the primary literature as a text, and gain practice with analytical writing in a setting specifically designed for transfer students. The curriculum is guided by research-based best practices and is designed in consultation with former transfer students.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
S. Bacon
Instructor permission required.

COLL-115 Global Challenges

COLL-115EQ Global Challenges: 'Global-Local Inequalities: Social Change for Sustainable Communities'

Spring. Credits: 2

What can we do, as individuals and organizations, to address the growing inequalities at the global and local level? In the 2018 Global Challenges Course, we investigate how institutions, policies, and power structures shape access to resources. In the Conference, we explore how organizations navigate these constraints and take action to advance access to resources and make communities more sustainable. We focus on three interrelated areas: built environment (access to housing, electricity, transportation); food security (access to affordable and nutritional food, land rights, water); and income-generating activities for women (access to education, training, funding).

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
C. Corson, N. Darling, R. Feldman, H. Hanson, E. Paus, P. Smith
Notes: The course meets five Monday nights: Jan 29th - February 26, 7-9:30 pm. Students are required to attend the evening lecture by Branko Milanovic, world renowned expert on global inequality on February 8, 2018, 7pm, and to participate in the conference on February 16-17, 2018. The conference features change makers, locally and from abroad, including many alumnae. It offers students in the class opportunities to get feedback on their own innovative ideas, to network, and to participate in skills workshops.

COLL-211 Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to your Liberal Arts Education

Fall. Credits: 2

Learn to speak with confidence and clarity about your summer internship or research project. Connect it to you academic coursework. What have you learned? How is it useful? What are your next steps? Students will reflect on their experience and collaborate with others to generate useful knowledge. Required for the Nexus but open to all students. For more information, email nexus@mtholyoke.edu.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
E. Townsley
Notes: Class meeting dates: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23. All students will present at LEAP Symposium on 10/20.

COLL-225 Topics in Leadership

COLL-225LP Topics in Leadership: 'Leadership and Public Impact'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 1

What does leadership in the public sphere look like? What does it mean to be an influential leader as an elected official, a policy advocate, or a public servant? In this six-week course, we will examine research literature and case examples, and hear from speakers from different aspects in the public service realm. Topics will include leadership capacities, issue advocacy, working with constituents, women's experiences, and effective mentoring and networking. Students will complete one project relevant to public impact.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
B. Packard
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Notes: Repeatable for credit. Credit/no credit grading. Half-semester course.

COLL-225WL Topics in Leadership: 'Women, Business, and Leadership Development'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 1

What does leadership mean and what does it look like? What does it mean to become as leader in a business context? And what does this mean for women? In this half-semester course, we will examine research literature and case examples from various business contexts including small businesses, nonprofits, and larger corporations. Topics will include: leadership capacities, models of leading and managing, effective mentoring and networking, women's career development, and negotiation and influence.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
J. Lansberry, B. Packard
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Notes: Half-semester course. Credit/no credit grading.

COLL-250 Seminar

COLL-250WG Seminar: 'War: What Is It Good For?'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

A multidisciplinary examination of the various ways humans have understood, represented, experienced, and justified war over time and across cultures. The course considers the representation of war through art, literature, and music. It analyzes possible causes of war, including innate human drives, gender differences, socialization, and economic and resource competition. In addition, it examines justifications for war from a range of ethical perspectives. Faculty from various disciplines will be asked to guest lecture.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
S. Hashmi