Curriculum Overview

Commonwealth Honors College encourages students to develop broad perspectives and engage in deep analysis through its four-year curriculum, which is comprised of Breadth of Study (General Studies) and Depth of Study (Advanced Scholarship).

  • Breadth of Study (General Studies) is designed to overlap with university General Education requirements as well as to provide common course experiences for all honors students.
  • Depth of Study (Advanced Scholarship) is traditionally undertaken during junior and senior years and emphasizes deep engagement in the student's major (Departmental Honors) or in two or more areas of academic interest (Multidisciplinary Honors). The Honors Thesis or Project is the central component of honors work in the senior year and is required to complete the Depth of Study component of the curriculum.


Refer to the requirements charts below based on the student's date of admission to UMass: