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Minors, Certificates, and Letters (Nonmajor Programs)

These programs are meant to allow students to explore and attain some competence in a second field. In some cases, students may choose a minor or certificate topically connected to their major (e.g., a major in Spanish and a certif-icate in Latin American studies), or may choose a secondary field removed from their primary area which evinces a specific skill (e.g., a major in philosophy and a minor in cartography).
Descriptions of departmental minors and letter programs are given at the end of the department’s major description. Certificate and interdepartmental minor programs are grouped separately.
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that all requirements for these various programs have been met and to obtain the proper departmental signature. An authorized form for minors is available at the Registrar’s Office and must be filed upon completion of the minor and prior to graduation.

Certificates
African Studies (Five College); Asian and Asian American Studies (Five College); Buddhist Studies (Five College); Coastal and Marine Sciences (Five College); Criminal Justice; Culture, Health and Science (Five College); Film Studies; International Agricultural Studies; International Relations (Five College); Interpreting Studies; Journalism; Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (Five College); Logic (Five College); Medieval Studies (Five College); Middle Eastern Studies (Five College); Multicultural Theater Production (Five College); Native American Indian Studies (Five College); Population Studies; Public Policy and Administration; Religious Studies; Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (Five College).

Minors
Aerospace Studies; Afro-American Studies; Anthropology; Arabic Language; Art History; Astronomy; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Building Construction and Technology; Chemistry; Chinese; Classical Civilization; Comparative Literature; Computer Science; Economics; Education; Engineering Management; English; Entomology; Environmental Design; Environmental Science; Food Science; Forestry; French and Francophone Studies; Geography; Geology; German; Greek; Hebrew; History; Human Nutrition; Information Technology; Italian Studies; Japanese; Judaic Studies; Kinesiology; Latin; Latin American Studies; Linguistics; Mathematics; Microbiology; Middle Eastern Studies; Military Leadership; Modern European Studies; Music Performance; Philosophy; Physics; Plant Pathology; Plant and Soil Sciences; Political Science; Portuguese; Psychology; Resource Economics; Russian and East European Studies; Scandinavian Studies; Science; Sociology; Spanish; Sport Management; Studio Arts; Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies.

Letters of Specialization
American Studies (English), Biochemical Engineering, (Chemical Engineering), Creative Writing (English), Developmental Disabilities and Human Services (Psychology), International Agricultural Studies (Agricultural majors in the College of Natural Resources and the Environment), Nonfiction Writing, Professional Writing and Technical Communication (English), Social Reseach and Analysis (Sociology), Social Work/Social Welfare (Sociology).

Other Nonmajor Programs
Courses in other areas contribute to undergraduate education by fulfilling General Education, college, or major requirements, or as electives. Several departments regularly offer courses at the elementary and intermediate levels in other languages (Danish, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Yiddish), and the English as a Second Language Program offers college-level English language courses to non-native speakers. Some departments that have only graduate programs offer some courses that are available to undergraduates (Public Health, with concentrations in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Community Health Studies, and Environmental Health Sciences, and the Labor Relations and Research Center). (See index for respective entries.)

Other nonmajor programs described in this book include: Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), Military Leadership (Army ROTC), Athletics/Intramurals, Internships, Study Abroad, and the Stockbridge School. Also, undergraduates at this University may elect courses at the other area colleges in the Five College consortium (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College.