What's New at the Honors College

Check out the news and happenings at Commonwealth Honors College. If you have something you'd like to share that is CHC related, please use our contact form to submit your story.

Academic Opportunities

Interested in how exercise can benefit the mind? Want to learn how to make those benefits accessible to all school-aged chidlren? Take EDUC 397JA this winter. Earn 3 credits with this online course, held 12/27-1/21. Scott Greenspan, the instuctor, is a PhD student at UMass focusing on school... Read More
Are you interested in social justice, activism, and community organizing? You might be interested in applying for Grassroots Community Organizing, a 5-credit honors class with an Alternative Spring Break. Study community organizing as a tool for change. Learn about structural inequality and... Read More
Prepare for you financial future this winter. Learn how to budget, manage credit, invest, and plan for retirement.  No pre-requisites. Must be comfortable with Excel. Registration begins October 19. 
Undergraduate Student Success is sponsoring the annual Majors Fair!  All current and prospective students are cordially invited to attend. The event will provide a chance for students to explore potential areas of study; majors, minors, certificates, study abroad, five college interchange, domestic... Read More
The honors program at UC Riverside will accept nationwide submissions to Audeamus, their multidisciplinary honors journal. Submissions may include creative works as well as research papers. There will be two $200 awards for the best submissions in print, and two $200 awards for the best submissions... Read More

Internships and Employment

Join Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honors society, and Tenzin Thargay, US Department of State Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator to UMass, in a "Foreign Policy Classroom." The event will feature a video conference call with the State Department's Office Director of South and Central Asia,... Read More


The CHC writing coach can help with your midterms, final papers, and drafts of your honors thesis! Drop in or schedule an appointment with the coach, who can review your papers and assist with process, editing, structure, and style.
Students must use CHC PATHS to submit spring 2017 course contracts for an Honors Independent Study (ISH) or an Honors Thesis/Project (499Y/T/P) no later than Wednesday, December 14.

Achievements and Accolades

Louis Graham, Commonwealth Honors College professor and assistant professor of community health education, is the lead investigator on a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The five-year grant supports community-... Read More
Gretchen Gerzina, Commonwealth Honors College Dean and Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography, hosted the radio program "Britain's Black Past" on BBC radio. The series explores the lives of black people who settled in Britain in... Read More

Scholarships and Support

Find out about the renowned Harry S. Truman Scholarship, awarding up to $30,000 to students pursuing graduate studies in public service-related fields. Truman scholar Jacob Miller and Professor Susan Krauss Whitbourne, director of ONSA, will speak about the application process and answer your... Read More
Learn about the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for sophomores and juniors wishing to pursue a research career in STEM disciplines. Professor Susan Krauss Whitbourne, director of ONSA, will speak about this exciting scholarship opportunity and answer questions about the application... Read More

Honors College Events

Students who are interested in law careers are invited to meet alumni attorneys in a fun, speed-dating format.  Get your questions answered about practice areas, applying for law school, and what to expect as a law student and as a working professional and more!  A light dinner of sandwiches and... Read More

Campus Announcements and Activities

No classes will be held Sunday, November 20 through Sunday, November 27. Classes resume Monday, November 28.
A Friday class schedule will be followed on Wednesday, November 16.
Registration for the spring 2017 semester begins on November 7.
No classes will be held on Friday, November 11.