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Academic Opportunities

Sophomores-Serve ("Soph-Serve") is a two-semester program that provides CHC students with hands-on learning and practical skills for engaging with the public. This program focuses on the links between science and public policy. This program is designed for rising sophomores in any major.  Using... Read More
Attend this workshop on writing clear and engaging abstracts. Professor Marya will provide a step-by-step process for getting started as well as strategies for strengthening writing. This is a great opportunity if you plan to submit an abstract for the Undergraduate Research Conference. You will... Read More


The last day to add or drop a spring 2017 class with no record is Monday, February 6, 2017.

Honors College Events

The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events which run from January 30 through April 22, 2017. Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. All events are free and open to the public. Seating... Read More

Internships and Employment

Commonwealth Honors Hollege seeks a Conference Assistant. Their priority will be to aide Conference Coordinator, Christina Dickens in planning and implementing the 23rd Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, which will take place on April 28, 2017. Duties include... Read More
Learn about a career that will allow you to be creative and intellectually engaged. This outreach is to encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to consider this career field. Free and open to all majors. Sponsored by the Five College Consortium. Refreshments provided.
The Historic Deerfield Inc. is offering an internship for one enthusiastic intern this summer. The intern will have responsibilities that include planning and assisting the company’s teachings, setting up for hour-long summer camp activities, and attend weekly meetings at the Department of Museum... Read More

Achievements and Accolades

Chaitra Gopalappa, CHC professor in industrial engineering, was invited to present at the National Academy of Sciences'... Read More

Open Courses

This class will teach students the basic skills necessary to give engaging, effective, content-rich presentations in a variety of contexts, including research presentations, job interviews, and professional interactions. It will focus on optimizing presentation length, content structure (openings,... Read More
HISTORY 397SCH - What has the U.S. Supreme Court said about what type of sexual activity or sexual relationships are constitutionally protected and how and why has this changed over time? What is or should be the Court’s role in weighing in on these most intimate issues? We will examine several... Read More
HISTORY 397LEH - The last fifteen years have seen incredible legal victories for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer (LBGTQ) people in the United States, and yet, in most states, it remains legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment,... Read More
For those wishing to teach English Language Learners (ELLs), consider taking Honors 497AH: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. A Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) class, Honors 497AH aims to have students explore teaching English Language Learners from the perspectives of... Read More
Have you ever been curious about how the Earth itself works? GeoSci 101 is designed to acquaint you with how the Earth functions, how it is changing, how its features shape human society, and how we change the Earth through our actions. You can expect to become better at observing the world around... Read More
Have you ever thought about the role of maps in society beyond their practical applications? Today many of use maps on a daily basis and it has become increasingly easy for ‘ordinary’ people to create their own. But what is a map? How have maps, and the purposes they serve, changed over time? In... Read More
History 393NH: Nazi Germany is still enrolling for the spring 2017 semester. The course will examine how a nation that was a leader in science and the arts could give rise to extremist (utopian) politics on the Left (Communism) and the Right (Nazism). We will look at how the progressive democracy... Read More
Why have Latin Americans joined social movements, often at high personal risk? When have those movements achieved their goals, and what common obstacles have they faced? Study labor movements, student movements, LGBTQ organizing, and other efforts in Latin American countries in the course "... Read More

Campus Announcements and Activities

This information session is hosted by Career Services. Patricia Scroggs, director of the Rangel International Affairs Program, along with State Department Diplomat in Residence Jon Danilowicz, will speak about opportunities for international engagement through the Rangel Program and the Donald M... Read More
Opportunities throughout the year are available for students working on degrees/certifications in alcohol &substance certification/licensure, mental health counseling, psychology, and social work. This event, hosted by Career Services, is only for juniors and seniors and for candidates applying... Read More
The UMass Amherst Libraries are hosting an exhibit “All That Dwell in the Light: 350 Years of Quakers in New England,” from January 23 through August 18, 2017, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), on Floor 25, at the... Read More
The UMass Amherst Libraries host Color Woodblock Prints, an Exhibition by Linda Mahoney ’79, from January 23 through April 28, 2017, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Linda Mahoney has been a... Read More