College Courses (COLL)

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

Fall and Spring. 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

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
A. Martin, E. Townsley
Notes: Fall 2018: class meets 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22. All fall 2018 students will present at LEAP Symposium on 10/19.
Spring 2019: class meets 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15. All spring students will have an opportunity to present on an event that will be scheduled for either April 12 or April 13. Exact date to be determined shortly.

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-250 Seminar