Five College Consortium

Each year, Five Colleges supports over 30 seminars initiated by groups of faculty members who come together to share scholarly interests and discuss curricular issues. The currently active seminars are in the following areas: 



  • Anthropology
  • Architectural Theory
  • Arts Integration Initiative
  • Book History
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Classics
  • Coastal and Marine Sciences
  • Cognitive Science
  • French
  • German Studies
  • Global Cultures of the Long 19th Century
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Italian
  • Late Antiquity




  • Legal Studies
  • Literary Translation
  • Marxist and Postcolonial Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Number Theory
  • Photography
  • Propositional Attitudes Task Force (PATF/Philosophy)
  • Religion
  • Renaissance
  • Social Movement Workgroup
  • Social Thought / Political Economy
  • South Asian Political Cultures
  • Valley Geometry
  • Women's Studies
  • Yiddish Studies

To contact the organizers of a seminar in an area that interests you, view this directory.


You can also seek funding to establish a new seminar. Depending upon the level of activity being proposed, groups may receive funding in amounts of $250 up to $1,000. Read the guidelines for initiating faculty seminars. Inquiries may be addressed to Nate Therien at Five Colleges, (413) 542-4000.