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The Colloquium

To qualify for graduation, all students in the Gallatin undergraduate program must successfully complete a final oral examination called the colloquium.The colloquium is an intellectual conversation among four people—the student, the student’s primary faculty adviser and two other members of the faculty—about a selection of books representing several academic disciplines and historical periods. The colloquium provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their Gallatin concentrations and to synthesize various learning experiences into an integrated discussion focused on books and themes that have been central to their undergraduate education. In preparing for the colloquium, the student will work with the primary faculty adviser to create a list of 20 to 25 works, called the booklist. The student is also required to write a brief paper, called the rationale, which explains connections between the texts and describes the themes the student plans to discuss in the colloquium.

Beginning with fall 2015 registration, students will have the option to register for “Colloquium” (COLLQ-UG, 2 units) in the semester when they expect to complete their colloquium. For incoming first-year students and transfer students admitted summer 2015 and later, the colloquium credit will be required. 


To assist in your planning, the Office of Advising leads colloquium workshops, which are held throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Workshop dates are communicated through the Junior and Senior Class Advisers, as well as the Gallatin Events Calendar.

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