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Academic Program

Hampshire College students qualify for the Bachelor of Arts degree by completing a full-time program composed of three levels or “divisions” of study with the aim of accomplishing Hampshire’s four core cumulative skills goals:

  • To write analytically and apply informed research practices
  • To understand and apply quantitative methods of analysis and reasoning
  • To successfully conceive and complete independent project-based work
  • To understand and incorporate multiple cultural perspectives on intellectual or artistic subjects

In Division I, students pursue foundational studies in the liberal arts by designing a first-year curriculum in which they satisfy distribution requirements in various areas of study and develop competence in four core cumulative academic skills.

In Division II, students explore their chosen field(s) of study, "the concentration" through an individually designed program of courses, independent work, and internships or field studies. In addition to these requirements, students in Division II must include a community engagement and learning component as a part of their Hampshire education and demonstrate an understanding or an engagement with multiple cultural perspectives as they relate to their course of study.

In Division III—advanced studies—students complete a major independent project centered on a specific topic, question, or idea, as well as two advanced educational activities. In the advanced activities, students are asked to look beyond the specific focus of their work by integrating their work into the larger academic life of the College by engaging in advanced courses, internships, or teaching assistant positions.