To complete Division I, students must satisfactorily complete seven academic courses and the Campus-Engaged Learning requirement. Of the seven, three may be Five College courses carrying three or more credits graded C or better; one may be a combination of two dance technique courses; and one may be a Special Project. Students also write a retro-spective essay to reflect on the trajectory of their learning experience in Division I.
Note that courses labeled Co-curricular on TheHub such as OPRA courses may not be used to fulfill Division I course requirements.
Students are required to enroll in a Division I seminar during their first semester at Hampshire , typically the fall semester. Each of these seminars is linked with several others focused on a single question of contemporary relevance. These seminar clusters embed different disciplinary approaches, enabling students to study a wide range of approaches to the topic. Staff educators on teaching teams working with seminar faculty, support skill building in communication, collaboration, and intercultural competence. They also organize workshops that orient students to Hampshire’s academic program and available resources. Peer mentors additionally support student learning inside and outside of the classroom.
Exposure to curricular areas including the sciences, culture and human experience, the arts and design, and race and power are built into the transdisciplinary approaches of Division I seminars. Because of this, there are no additional course requirements in the first year other than completing at least six additional elective courses based on student interests.
In addition to the seven courses, students must complete Campus-Engaged Learning activities (CEL-1) totaling a minimum of 40 hours of active engagement. Of these, 20 hours will involve participation in campus educational events focused on diversity, inclusion, equity and access in order to expand intercultural competencies; and 20 hours will consist of campus activities/projects of the student’s choice that meet the goals of the requirement to work collaboratively in community and meet a community need. Students will document fulfillment of the CEL-1 and reflect on their CEL-1 experience in the Division I retrospective essay.
Note for first-year entrants with advanced standing: college courses and exams taken prior to matriculation may be used towards Division I requirements with certain limitations. Students who think they may be eligible, should carefully read the advanced standing policy and contact CASA with questions.
Note for transfer entrants: the rules for completing Division I are significantly different than those for first year entrants. Students should refer to the Transfer Policy for information and contact CASA with questions.