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Academic Opportunities

Commonwealth Honors College and the Springfield Museums offer opportunities for honors students to help launch the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.... Read More
CHC juniors: there's a new honors course just for you! Enroll in "HONORS 390EH: How the 1960s Changed America" to learn about the decade that has shaped today's social, political, artistic, and scientific movements. The course acquaints... Read More
Enroll in Intro to World Religions, History 112H, an honors course that culminates in a trip to Pune, India from May 15-May 27, 2017. History 112H introduces students to the history, philosophy, scripture, and art of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. This is a 6-credit course... Read More
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. 

Scholarships and Support

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite submissions for the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award. All currently enrolled undergraduate UMass Amherst students, part or full-time, are eligible. For more information and to apply by February 17, 2017, visit the... Read More
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


Offered during Spring 2017, the new course SCANDIN 397MH will include readings of literary works, films, and political debates about immigration to Sweden past and present. This is a one-time only course offering, taught by Fulbright Hildeman Fellow Dr. Markus Huss.  Classes will be held Monday... Read More
Black Friday has ended. Cyber Monday is over. Now #GivingTuesday is here. November 29. One day, one mission. Give what you can to help other CHC students. Gifts support student scholarships,... Read More
The Oxford Summer Seminar, a 6-week program of study in Oxford, England, has recently opened its application page for Summer 2017.  Students who go on the program can earn up to 10 credits, most of it in honors coursework. This summer... Read More
Leading Native American author, social activist and commentator will speak on intersections of Native life and national dialogues on race and racism.  5:30-6:30 pm - Dinner and Networking 6:30-7:30 pm - Lecture by Gyasi Ross
Need to fulfill your GenEd Global Diversity requirement next semester? Check out GERMAN 365: BERLIN – GLOBAL CITY! In this course you will focus on how Berlin is represented as a global city with connections to other cultural contexts, concentrating primarily on the city’s migrant and minority... Read More
Come learn about a new opportunity from the Isenberg Graduate & Professional Programs: One-Year Master of Science in Business & Analytics (MSB&A). This 1-year accelerated on-campus program provides graduates of non-business majors with the business analytics tools and techniques that... 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.

Honors College Events

What can a movement like #BlackLivesMatter and its related technologies tell us about the promise and paradoxes of our current understandings of humanity?  TreaAndrea M. Russworm, associate professor of English, examines film, video games, and new media to explore what it means to be recognized as... Read More

Internships and Employment

An undergraduate student with excellent photography skills and a flexible schedule is needed to cover occasional CHC events and activities, and also take portrait photos of students, faculty and staff. Experience with photographing large groups of people is preferred. Experience taking portraits is... Read More
UMass Amherst Transit Services is seeking prospective bus drivers. Bus drivers will be trained to receive the Class B Commercial Driver's License to operate the buses. All associated license fees will be covered, and applicants will be paid during training.

Applicants must be able to... Read More
Commonwealth Honors College seeks two Honors students with exceptional writing skills to serve as communications assistants beginning in the spring 2017 semester. Orientation and training will begin in the fall 2016 semester. By drafting news and feature stories, engaging in social media, and... Read More

Achievements and Accolades

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
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

Campus Announcements and Activities

Each year New Students Orientation (NSO) selects a new group of great students for the orientation leader position. NSO leaders are among the first people new students interact with at UMass Amherst and it is important to make a great... Read More
Germaine Buck-Louis, PhD, will present "Environmental Influences on Human Reproduction: Moving Beyond Individuals to Couples." Buck-Louis is the director and senior investigator of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and... Read More
The Innovation Challenge Seed Pitch Competition awards up to $15,000 in equity-free funding for teams of students with a business venture or idea. In this closed-door competition, all... Read More
Dr. Suzanne Fenton’s current research is designed to understand mechanisms underlying the effects of early life exposures that lead to persistent changes in breast tissue and enhance disease susceptibility over one’s lifetime. She focuses on increasing information on which environmental factors... Read More
The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies will host a presentation by Ruth Ravina, a Survivor of the Holocaust from Poland. Ruth Ravina was born in Kozienice, Poland in 1937.  She was one of the few to escape her Polish ghetto prior to its liquidation and was the only Jewish child... Read More
The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities. The Social Entrepreneurship Club is hosting the 2nd annual Hult Prize at UMass this December and the 2017 challenge is: Building sustainable, scalable start-up... Read More
El-Houcin Chaqra will present "Cultivating a Supportive Culture for International Students" as part of International Education Week. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to join the discussion of this important campus initative. El-Houcin Chaqra is the associate director for international... Read More
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita at Spelman College, will present Why Are All the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race in the 21st Century, for the College of Education Fall 2016 Convocation. Dr. Tatum is widely recognized as a race... Read More
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.