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Division I Requirements

To complete Division I, students must satisfactorily complete seven academic courses, one of which must be a Division I seminar. The other six elective courses may be a combination of faculty-evaluated Hampshire courses and Five-College courses carrying 3 or more credits and graded C or better. No more than three Five-College courses may be used toward Division I course requirements. Two dance technique courses designated as half courses may fulfill one out of the five electives. OPRA courses and other courses labeled Co-curricular on TheHub may not be used to fulfill Division I course requirements. Concurrently, students also must complete 40 hours of Campus-Engaged Learning (CEL-1)

Students take one Division I seminar, innovative courses taught by teams of faculty in different fields, all focused on a single question of contemporary relevance. Each seminar embeds different disciplinary approaches, enabling students’ learning about a wide range of skills and approaches to the topic. Staff educators on the teaching teams support skill building in communication, collaboration, and intercultural competence, and also organize workshops that orient students to Hampshire’s academic program and available resources, and peer mentors additionally support students’ learning inside and outside of the classroom. Division I seminars are sized in order to shift between small and larger groups to enable flexibility in facilitating cohort-based experiences of learning in community with others.

Since 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 the Division I seminars, there are no additional distribution requirements in the first year. Students in their first year choose at least five additional elective courses based on their own interests. 

In addition to the seven courses, students must complete campus-engaged learning activities (CEL-1) totaling a minimum of 40 hours, approximately equal to course contact hours. 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. The student will document the 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: carefully read the advanced standing description 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.