Asian Studies

Elms College is the only member of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield to offer an Asian studies minor. This 18-credit interdisciplinary minor in Asian studies introduces you to the language, culture, history, and religion of this important part of the world. Skills and knowledge learned in this minor are useful for politics, business, and education, making it an ideal compliment to either a professional or liberal arts major.

Curriculum and Courses: Minor in Asian Studies (18 credits)

All courses carry 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated.

IDS 231 East/West: Contemporary Collisions and Collaborations
HIS 220 Asian History

IDS 223 China and the Chinese People
CHI 101 Novice Chinese I
CHI 102 Novice Chinese II
IDS 224 Study Abroad China

HUM 200 Introduction to the Japanese People and Culture
JPN 101 Novice Japanese I
JPN 102 Novice Japanese II
REL 214 World Religions: Eastern Traditions


See the Bioethics minor requirements.


See the English minor requirements.

Fine Arts

See the Fine Arts minor requirements..


See the History minor requirements.

Irish Studies

The interdisciplinary Irish studies minor explores many facets of Ireland in a way that complements our other majors. The minor is useful for students pursuing a career in education, business, or any opportunity that will have them traveling abroad.

In addition to course offerings, you benefit from a close relationship with the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England (ICC). Since 1999, the ICC and Elms College have brought prominent Irish scholars, politicians, and cultural figures to campus, such as Nobel Laureate Betty Williams, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, and arms decommissioning monitors Rev. Alec Reid and Rev. Harold Good.

Our students have the opportunity to study in Ireland at such schools as the Innisfree College and Convention Center at St. Angela’s College in Sligo, and at Diseart in Dingle, County Kerry. Students can also work with faculty to arrange alternative study abroad experiences at other Irish colleges.

Curriculum and Courses: Minor in Irish Studies

All courses carry 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated.

Minor Requirements (18 credits)

Choose six of the following courses:

IDS 205 Irish American Urban Experience
HIS 208 Introduction to Irish Culture
HIS 326 Modern Britain
HIS 331 Northern Ireland and the Troubles
HIS 333 The American Irish
HIS 334 Modern Ireland
ENG 387 Irish Drama
IRI 101 Novice Irish I
IRI 102 Novice Irish II

Other courses may be offered to fulfill the minor credit requirements.  Consult the history department for more details.


The Elms College music curriculum guides you to a deeper understanding and appreciation of music in its aesthetic, cultural, and social contexts. Courses develop proficiency in voice and instrument, and theoretical and historical perspectives.

Students may pair a music minor with a degree in education, business, or any other major they feel will help them in their career. Or, students may simply use it to explore their interests and discover new ways to express themselves.

Curriculum and Courses: Minor in Music (18 credits)

All courses carry 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated.

Any three-credit music course – lecture or instrumental groups, concert choir, or applied piano – may be chosen to fulfill part of your core curriculum requirements.

MUS 107 Music Appreciation: The Art of Listening
MUS 201 Musicianship and Fundamentals of Music I
MUS 202 Musicianship and Fundamentals of Music II

Choose two (6 credits)
· Music of the World
· Music of the Americas
· Western Music History

Choose one MUS elective: (3 credits)
· Beginning Group Piano I and II
· Beginning Guitar
· Applied Piano
· One Voice
· Instrumental Groups


Our philosophy minor offers a breadth of perspective on the field. The courses complement each other, exploring such topics as theories of human nature, philosophy of art, and applications of ethics. Students who study philosophy often discover that it becomes the conceptual foundation of their major, and they acquire analytical skills that transfer to many careers. Philosophy can prepare students for careers in law, education, or business.

Curriculum and Courses: Minor in Philosophy (18 credits)

All courses carry 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated.

PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 101 Critical Thinking
Choose four PHI electives (12 credits)

Religious Studies

See the Religious Studies minor requirements.


See the Spanish minor requirements.